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All Posts by Ryan Jenkins

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Hi. I'm Ryan Jenkins. I'm a husband, father, mormon, product manager, tech geek, and hamburger lover.

Apr 01

You Stink at Goal Setting

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Still going strong? If you’re like most people, the answer is a sheepish “No”. How does that make you feel? Disappointed? Frustrated? Embarrassed? All too often, I think we try to “reach for the stars” and “aim high” when in reality our goals should be more along […]

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Mar 20

Capitalism’s Achilles Heel

A few years back I read an article on Forbes that significantly altered my perspective in relation to how we measure business success. I can’t do the article justice here, (you really need to read it, it will change your perspective,) but suffice it to say that we’ve gotten ourselves into a dangerous habit. In the United […]

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Mar 18

A Primer on Strategy

A Primer on Strategy This is a fantastic article about business strategy. I personally see a lot of similarity between what Steve Jobs did to get Apple back on-track and what Marissa Mayer is doing at Yahoo!.

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Mar 13

Living in the Future

How much more innovation can there be?  Sometimes it feels like we’ve already broken down most of the technological hurdles. If you can imagine something, you can probably build it.  Looking back through history, organizations were hampered by very limited transportation and communication options. Those barriers have largely been demolished. If I need to transport […]

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Mar 08

The Social Value of Capitalism

I’m very interested in the idea of free markets and whether or not capitalism is the best process for improving the world around us.  As humans, we hate to feel pain or discomfort. Any time we’re not happy with something, we seek relief. It’s human nature. Cultures are the same. As soon as discomfort enters the […]

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Feb 27

CRM Encompasses Everything

I’m currently studying Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and it has significantly altered my perspective on business operations. Marketing is no longer a silo, it’s simply one branch of CRM. Engineering is another branch. Accounting another.  It’s critical to keep in mind that every single thing a business does should revolve around the customer (or, stated […]

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Feb 25

Buy Good Things

This really resonates with me. I think our culture has become so accustomed to running to Walmart and stocking up on cheaply made junk, that we forget there’s another way. What do you think?

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Feb 20

Productivity Via Discomfort

I’ve been learning two very important skills for the last few months, and I’d like to share them. Hopefully you’ll find them useful.  #1: Be a Perpetual Learner Don’t get caught up trying to look like you’re an expert. People love to be recognized for their expertise, and for the most part, people like helping […]

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Feb 05

Renting Culture

Will we actually own anything in the future. We don’t buy movies any more, we just stream them through Netflix.  We don’t buy music any more. We just rent access to our favorite tracks through iTunes or Google Play or we stream them through Spotify/Rdio/Grooveshark.  We don’t buy books any more, we just pay to access Kindle […]

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