FocalPointe Group Creates Corporate Advisory Group

June 26, 2019

We are excited to announce the creation of a Corporate Advisory Group to consult, optimize and accelerate our go to market strategies and plans. Members of this team will be outcome-driven, critical thinkers with horizontal or vertical expertise that supports key areas of focus/development for our firm.

“In a fast-paced, complex and volatile environment, extending visibility of our strategies and plans to a broader group of leaders will help us target and improve the overall strength and quality of the results we deliver to our Clients”, says Jeff Steffens, FocalPointe Group CEO.

FPG plans to add 3-5 members to its Advisory Group in second half of 2019 with the first appointment expected in July.

What We're Reading - June 2019

June 5, 2019

This month is John Krpan's book recommendation: How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership by Plutarch.

Prior to the plethora of leadership books, trends and fads, Plutarch profiled leaders such as Mark Antony, Caesar and Alexander the Great - what made them great, or not so great. A common theme in his work was that good character was a prediction of good leadership. He follows with advice that people should pursue positions of leadership only if they are motivated by "judgment and reason"—not "by the vain pursuit of glory, rivalry, or a lack of other meaningful activities." He cites leaders who were very adept at creating a false image of competence, followed by eventual failure when they could not live up to the images or expectations that they created. Conversely, people who demonstrated a positive strength of character, morality and ethics ultimately prevailed.

The book should resonate with anyone looking to offset cases where there is a tendency to align with aggressive leaders that promise short term results and establish leadership through outward appearances, salesmanship and a “win at any cost” attitude.

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FocalPointe Group welcomes Malu S. Milan as Chief Technology Officer

May 30, 2019

Milan brings extensive experience in Cybersecurity, Privacy, Digital Quality, Process Automation, Enterprise Architecture and IT Management and will continue to build out FocalPointe Group’s capabilities in the emerging technology space. Milan will lead the company’s technology roadmap and operations.

“With the massive opportunities for blockchain, AI, Privacy Regulation, Social and Cloud services, FPG is an exciting company to help guide in conjunction with our thought leaders to determine the right mix of technology and change management required to effectively and efficiently adopt such technologies,” said Milan. “I find it to be a place where one can be smart, kind, ethical and pragmatic all at once.”

Prior to her Capgemini GRC & Privacy COE Leader role, Milan served as General Manager, Quality and Business Excellence at Microsoft where she led a large organization and five, GM, Senior Directors & Directors globally responsible for improving products, services and operations at scale. Prior to Microsoft, Milan held Executive Leadership positions at Pepsico International, Stativa and Motorola. She also serves as Vice President of Strategy for the Puget Sound chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and board member for OPEX (Operational Excellence) Society.

“We have been looking for a Chief Technology Officer for more than a year; someone with a strong balance of business acumen and technical aptitude. We found the perfect mix when we met Malu. Her 20+ years of industry and consulting experience across many different disciplines, coupled with critical thinking makes her a great fit for supporting FocalPointe’s mission of helping companies define, plan and orchestrate outcomes," said Jeff Steffens, President and CEO.

DAMA Day Seattle - 2019

Ray Polakovic shares his thoughts on the importance to paying attention to the forensic story your data can tell.

May 17, 2019

Jeff Steffens, Ray Polakovic and John Krpan (left to right) are sharing their perspectives on data democratization and privacy at DAMA Day Seattle 2019. Watch the short videos below to learn about their experiences and why "thinking big" isn't always the answer.

Jeff Steffens talks about how Privacy + Data Governance = Enterprise Governance

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What We're Reading - May 2019

May 14, 2019

This month is Jeff Steffens' book recommendation: Escape Velocity: Free Your Company's Future from the Pull of the Past by Geoffrey A. Moore.

In Escape Velocity, Geoffrey Moore provides his view on how to escape the gravitational pull of legacy businesses and focus on building material positions in next-generation categories. Technology is not only enabling, but forcing companies to pivot their operating models to stay competitive. Moore’s horizon model for planning and investing in these waves of technology disruption, balanced against legacy, is a great mental model for driving the conversation. Additionally, it exposes dependencies between horizons that must be rationalized as part of the planning and commitment process.

It’s a recommended read for leaders making enterprise level investment decisions to advance the capabilities of the organization.

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