This book is a collection of stories, lessons learned, and reflections from a rather diverse professional career journey spanning five decades. Spain shares experiences, lessons, and decisions that led him to capitalize on opportunities to contribute to roles spanning a wide variety of industries, business functions, and responsibilities. The book includes a series of chapters organized in the following sections:
I. Guiding Principles
III. Lessons Learned
V. Professional Development
The primary goal for writing and publishing this book was to share not only the lessons from decades of experience but what guidance for younger professionals who are facing a constantly accelerating future of work. The author shares his own personal guiding principles for how he approaches work including how to effectively lead teams and implement successful change initiatives; lessons on sales and marketing; tales from the land of entrepreneurs and recommendations for continuous professional development. Each chapter concludes with the author’s specific advice relative to each chapter topic.
We are currently witnessing massive
business and jobs displacement as we approach the next decade. The pace of change continues to accelerate exponentially, and it is becoming increasingly challenging to predict the types of career and
job opportunities that will be available in the next five to ten years and the decades beyond. I have been following these trends throughout 2019:
1. Accelerated Business and Jobs Displacement
2. Demographic Shifts
3. An Always-on, Always-connected World
4. Reinvention of Higher Education
5. Generational Expectations
6. Global Economic Cycles and Trends
7. Dismantling the Corporate Ladder
8. Redefining the Concept of a Career
This book examines the impact of these seismic paradigm shifts on individuals, businesses, and staffing, recruiting, and talent acquisition professionals.
Operations Proficiency Model: A Path to Success for Educational Institutions was published in August 2013 and is now available on Amazon.com in Paperback and Kindle format.
The Operations Proficiency Model (OPM)
is a performance measurement model specifically developed as a framework and tool to facilitate the identification of continuous improvement initiatives for leaders responsible for maintaining and
operating schools and higher education institutions. This model is targeted specifically for maintenance, facilities, energy, and IT organizations that support schools and higher education
institutions and was designed as a pragmatic and comprehensive model to illustrate a “Path to Success” for operations organizations.
The overarching goal of this model is to provide educational leaders with tools to effectively:
• Align institutional, departmental, and individual goals
• Communicate effectively with “objective” data and results
• Deliver visibility and transparency for organizational results
• Facilitate prioritization of resources and initiatives
• Provide a catalyst for identifying continuous improvement initiatives
This organizational process improvement Model includes five distinct [maturity] Levels indicating operational maturity, along with:
• Four [functional] Disciplines
• Five [leadership] Dimensions
• Multiple Performance Characteristics
• Multiple Key Performance Indicators [KPIs]
We also developed the OPM STAR Implementation Success Methodology as a roadmap for successfully implementing the Operations Proficiency Model (OPM) in your district or campus. The methodology incorporates an interlinking process for strategy, accountability, and execution. The book also includes guidelines for benchmarking your performance indicators and marketing the services and results that your organization delivers to your institution.
A Prescription for SMART Growth for Small to Mid-Size Businesses was published in January 2013 and is now available on Amazon.com.
There are several fundamental
characteristics of businesses that have been successful in transitioning from a start-up phase into a successful mid-size business. A Prescription for SMART Growth for Small to Mid-Size Business has
captured the specific actions required to efficiently and effectively scale your business. The foundation of this model is leading a business that is Strategy-based, Market-based, Alignment-based,
ROI-based, and Technology-based.
This model also incorporates fifteen additional building blocks that require appropriate emphasis at the right time to grow your business successfully. There are also ten potential impediments that are illustrated that can potentially derail your growth trajectory while you are building your business. This book presents small to mid-size business leaders with hundreds of questions, reflections, and specific action items to put you firmly in control of your destiny and prepare you to pursue your dreams, however tactical or far-reaching they may be.
The IT Leadership Pyramid frames the core functions of today’s IT organization in an innovative and compelling way. IT leaders with broad responsibilities will benefit from a framework that boils down the dimensions of leadership to ten key organizational functions. Having a firm grasp on the Leadership Pyramid will help IT leaders be more effective by leveraging an understanding of how the critical IT functions relate and build upon one another. At the pinnacle is Enterprise Leadership in which the IT leader contributes a unique and high value perspective to the business on “doing the right things” strategically. At its core, The IT Leadership Pyramid lays a foundation, asks the hard questions, and sets the challenge that IT leaders face in scaling the heights of opportunity available today for contributing to the success of their enterprise."