Could masks end up marginalizing students?

By Marc Gordon When did masks become a status symbol? According to marketing expert Marc Gordon, it was the day when someone wearing a paper mask turned to someone wearing a stylish cloth mask and asked where they got it.“It’s hard to believe that in the span of a couple months, a product that didn’t even exist has now become ... Read More »

10 Truths About Virtual Events

By Julian Lee We have been doing virtual events every month for the past 6 months. We learned a few things along the way that I would like to share to help make all virtual events better. 10 truths that our ChannelNEXT team found in doing virtual events (so far): Don’t Do Boring Content: Virtual events can quickly become boring ... Read More »

Rebuilding the Road to Channel Partner Success 2020-2021

By Julian Lee You could keep on fixing a bad road by just filling in the same old potholes, but at some point it just makes more sense to build a new road. Maybe even find a shorter and faster route to build on! By now, most Vendors have started to rethink their channel partner ecosystem as they rebuild for ... Read More »

3 (mostly FREE) ways to help MSPs head in the right direction

By Julian Lee Well, this pandemic storm ain’t over yet and depending on where you are, it seems to be getting worse. Eventually, the real facts will prevail but that will only happen after all of the crazies have had their moment. Meanwhile, back at the channel ranch… The good news is that we are already seeing the way out ... Read More »

Changing Your Business Lane

By Julian Lee I have been asked many times how best to describe what’s currently happening in the business leadership community during these mind-blowing times. I think of it as a 5-lane highway… By now, most companies have settled into one of the lanes. Which lane are you in? Which lane is best for you? Are you ready to change ... Read More »

Pop-up experts, wannabe news podcasts and virtual events are coming out

Hold on to your keyboard… Is it just me or does it seem like many “experts”, podcasts, live streams and virtual events are popping up everywhere? I thought that 150 live tech events every year was already too many. Seems like we are in for 3X in virtual events! Well over a decade ago, when we started doing our online ... Read More »

Re-entry and Recovery from COVID-19 – Return from Working from Home or Layoffs

By Frank Newman, President, Newman Human Resources Consulting Just as astronauts and their flight teams have to prepare for reentry into earth’s atmosphere, we have to prepare to welcome our staff back into our workplaces over the coming weeks. As with any re-entry, we need to be aware of the mental and physical challenges facing our teams.  Miscommunication, misunderstandings and unclear expectations can ... Read More »

10 good things coming out from this crisis

We can take a little comfort in knowing that in spite of all the despair, there is some good coming out from this pandemic. Here are my top 10… Climate. Pollution is way down because of travel restrictions. Hopefully, this will continue as people make important behavioral changes (read my recent article on this topic). The only thing worse than ... Read More »

COVID-19 is for HR what Y2K was for IT

By Aline Ayoub The pandemic the world is going through is directly linked to climate change. And while we are recognizing that COVID-19 is a rehearsal for entrepreneurial approaches to climate change, we are heavily impacted by the chaos and rapid changes we are going through. At the same time, the coronavirus brought out human resiliency and ability to act ... Read More »

Managing Managers In A Crisis

By Tara Landes When the crisis hits, it’s human nature for leadership to turn inward and start scrambling. How can we pivot? How can we make payroll? What’s going to happen to my business? My family? Will we even survive? The weight of not just being the support for your family but for all the families under your employ can ... Read More »