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By James Carlini

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Ten months ago, I wrote an article about the candidacy of Donald Trump running for President.  Unlike many others at that time, I was encouraged to see him take action to disrupt the status quo and take on a group of GOP establishment candidates.  And, unlike many of the “mainstream media” journalists, I predicted he would NOT be an easy adversary to overcome.

My observation before the first televised, GOP debate was this:

Trump is not politically correct. I totally agree. He is politically accurate and that is something many average voters are identifying with and the career politicians just don’t seem to get.

He is quick, speaks his mind (and heart), and that is important not just for the Presidency, but for any CEO or organizational president’s position.

Throughout the last ten months, Trump has battled so many other seasoned candidates and it was not an easily-won conflict. He also battled the media.

Many within the media did not understand him, nor give him proper respect and the conservative writers at the National Review wrote an uncomplimentary article about him as if they were the be-all, end-all expert commission on who should run for President.  They are far from it.

Some of those sitting high atop (totally imagined) pedestals of self-importance have to realize they do not have any clue of the pulse of the people.  They are so out-of-touch and yet they think they speak for the vast majority of Americans.

Those who are in New York or Washington have no clue as to what is happening in places like Savanna, Rockford, and Pecatonica, Illinois; Manitowoc, Two Rivers and Beloit, Wisconsin; South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana; Benton Harbor, Michigan, and other towns and cities struggling to remain viable.

Many towns across the United States are concerned about regional sustainability and long-term viability.  Many, if not all, major cities are also in bad shape, even though their political leaders will not admit to it.



A loss-of-job is a critical wake-up call, no matter what party a person is affiliated with or what economic level they are at. Many tough decisions on spending, supporting a family, and just surviving crash into the person’s mind who is already reeling from the loss of steady income.

Those in the media have no understanding of this until their paper, magazine, or other media outlet decides to lay them off due to lack of profits.  Then, those journalists have a firsthand taste of unemployment and all the uncertainties it brings. The initial reaction is, why me? I am such a valuable asset. How can I be let go?

Many people in today’s economy have experienced that uneasy feeling directly, or from a close relative losing a job.  They do not have to be told that our economy is still very fragile and fairly stagnant.

Those people came out en masse to vote for Trump and the results are self-evident.  People want change.  BIG change, not chump change.  Trump change!

  • They want borders that are enforced. Trump change.
  • They want an economy that is solid and creating real jobs, not part-time Starbucks jobs. Trump change.
  • They want competent people running government agencies. Trump change.
  • They want competent people negotiating trade deals. Trump change.
  • They want to see a real future for their kids and not a continuing downward spiral into a third-world economy. Trump change.
  • They want to see us as a leading, supreme military force in the international arena and not be embarrassed by third-world countries boarding our Navy ships. Trump change.



Trump is definitely the “last man standing” in the major league race for the GOP nomination for President.  He should now be focusing his campaign against the presumptive Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Those in the GOP need to rally around him. He may not have been their “personal” choice, but he is the choice of the Party.  He is the choice of the people.  Those “party elite” who are still hesitant seem like sore losers.  In the past, they expected everyone to rally around “their guy” no matter who we voted for in the Primary and we did.  And they lost.

If they really had the people’s best interests in their actions in the past several elections and in Congress, Donald Trump would have never ran.  What’s more important, Donald Trump would have never won.


CARLINI-ISM :   “There is no substitute for good leadership.  People see through negative ads.  Actions and personal accomplishments speak louder than words.




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By James Carlini

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This article is an excerpt from the upcoming visionary book, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, by James Carlini.

NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG is a book series on redefining and re-arranging the Military Infrastructure, Natural Destructive Strategies, Energy, & Tactics (MINDSET) needed to fight the War on Terrorism as well as any non-traditional conflict in the 21st Century.

“Quickness is the essence of the war.” – Sun Tzu

With new threats and regional conflicts looming on the horizon, new innovation in technology and applications becomes critical. New weapons need to be developed and tested for all layers of the MINDSET Framework.

An example of new weaponry for individuals, wrist-based weapons (wearables), can be seen here. (See CHART 1)



* Source: James Carlini – Modifying and weaponizing a basic wrist drone/ wearable camera (see video)

A wearable drone

On the War Watch utilizing this wrist-drone technology, it would have several sensors or RFID-type (Radio Frequency ID) transmitters detecting any “Friendlies” within a 25 or 50 Meter range. This would provide the individual soldier with an idea of how many people are around him. This could be tied to monitoring some vital signs so it would remain “on” if the person was alive. If deceased, the “Friendly” sensor would stop transmitting.

This sensor would also tie into an RF-based transmitter which could transmit the GPS (Global Positioning System) location of the soldiers back to a Centralized Battle Control Center. Again, it would provide a force summary and their locations which could be fed into a “Force Deployment Analyzer” which would provide real-time battlefield information and feedback on where troops were deployed.

A GPS sensor would be part of the War Watch for other purposes as well. There would also be other sensors on the watch including a Seismic sensor and a Bio detector sensor. This could also be tied back to the Centralized Battle Control Center.

A Wrist Drone could be on the other hand which would provide a small drone with a camera that could be flown around to find out what is going on in the close perimeter of the soldier. The Wrist Drone could also be used as an Airborne Grenade.


Big Data is also a large area of interest in future conflicts. The equivalent of the impact of Big Data on the civilian side is “Total Information Awareness” (TIA) on the military side. TIA is a domestic surveillance system that provides “Total Information Awareness” as it relates to cellphone conversations, Email discussions, and credit information like banking, spending patterns, and social network interactions from family to business connections. With that type of detail-rich data base, many connections and interrelationships of data will be available to review, assess, and analyze.

If we apply a traditional 20th century strategic focus in future conflicts, we will wind up like the Polish Cavalry facing the approaching Blitzkrieg tanks and dive bombers of the German Army in World War II. Bringing old technology, outdated strategies, and tactics into the NANOKRIEG© battlefield will guarantee a short, one-sided battle and a quick surrender, if not total annihilation.

CARLINI-ISM: “Speed of response equals victory, or at least, survival.”

We need to innovate and bring in new technology, creativity, and determine a whole new capability down to the individual soldier and soldiers working as a small unit.


James Carlini’s Book, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG will be out in late 2016.

He is a strategist for mission critical networks, technology, intelligent infrastructure, and President of Carlini & Associates, since 1986. Author of LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, a 386-page book on Next-Generation Real Estate, Intelligent Infrastructure, Technology, and the global Platform for Commerce (Published 2014).

His original “Platform for Commerce” definition of infrastructure and its impact on economic growth is referred to by the US ARMY Corps of Engineers in their Handbook, “Infrastructure and the Operational Art” (2014) from his white paper. “Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability” written for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (2009)

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He is available as a Keynote Speaker and as a strategic adviser.  Reach him at or 773-370-1888.

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Another article that looks at the political change in American politics not being clearly understood or reported on by those analyzing and reporting politics in the media:

In the last GOP Presidential debate on CNN, Jeb Bush called Donald Trump, the Chaos Candidate. Somehow it reminded me of the old 1960s TV show, Get Smart.

If Trump is from Chaos (KAOS), Bush must be from CONTROL.

Good old Maxwell Bush, Agent 96 (which is just about how many percentage points he’s lacking in all the polls). No matter how much Agent 96 talks, he just can’t get rid of Trump and he cannot rise in the polls.

Even his boss, the Chief, Karl Rove, can’t understand the resilience of Trump, the Chaos Candidate.


The political TV ads calling Trump reckless don’t seem to ring true. People are just not buying into Bush’s presentations or CONTROL’s accusations. The commercials do ring up a big bill though.

CONTROL (the Republican Establishment) has spent over $50,000,000 without changing any of the polling numbers or shattering Trump’s commanding lead over all the candidates. Sorry about that, Chief.

How many more times can Agent 96 come up short in the polls? CONTROL is spending money like crazy. How many more times will it be OK to say, “Well, he just missed by THAT much”?

Some say it’s time for Agent 96 to call it quits.

People ARE buying into Trump’s message and it is ringing true. Instead of being politically correct, Trump has come out being very politically accurate and that is something both CONTROL and the mainstream Press fail to comprehend. They have been PC (Politically Correct) for so long, they forgot how piercing the unvarnished truth can be. Or, how it resonates with the common man (and woman), who is fed up with the stagnation of the economy while being told “we’ve turned the corner.

Trump has definitely caused CHAOS in the well-established, cut-and-dried candidate selection process owned by CONTROL.

In the last Presidential election cycle, Agent 999 (Herman Cain, remember his 9-9-9 Tax Plan?) gained some traction with the voters, but then CONTROL took him out of the running because it did not conform with what the Chief really wanted.

In this election cycle, CONTROL doesn’t seem to have any control. Chaos is winning. And winning big.

Trump has distinguished himself as being a much more formidable candidate than the Chief, Agent 96, and others in CONTROL and the Press gave him credit for.

CONTROL’s message is falling on deaf ears. In the age of the Smartphone, Agent 96’s message is as attractive and enticing as a rotary phone for the average voters’ consumption.

Agent 96’s attempt to take down Trump by saying he is unhinged and reckless did not stick. He tried to say if Trump can’t stand the heat in the debate, how could he be President?

Instead of getting “unhinged”, Trump rolled his eyes, turned it around and said, “yeah, you’re a real tough guy, Jeb.” The sparring continued, but as always, Chaos won against the bumbling, energy-deficient attack. Sorry about that, Chief.

As I mentioned in a previous article on Trump when he first started his campaign, ( article ) he has some executive skills which are clearly lacking in the other candidates. Many in the Press either don’t see it or they just don’t understand it.

Trump can think fast on his feet. Trump can articulate an answer to a “Gotcha question” which is ten times more venomous than the question was and make the questioner look like a jerk. Trump doesn’t need a teleprompter to get his message across, either.

That is powerful stuff.

I have only seen those skills in some of the old line politicians in Chicago and a few, very few, CEOs of companies.

Other Presidential candidates have gained more traction than Agent 96. Cruz is gaining strength, Rubio and Rand Paul’s arguments are very decisive, and even Chris Christie finally got some traction.

It’s time for many of the others to drop out. On the race to the nomination, they are driving under-powered, rear-wheel drive cars, with bald tires, and not getting any traction with the voters in this heavy political snowstorm. Some, like Lindsay Graham, seem to be spinning out-of-control with odd comments. (Princess Buttercup??)


The People are fed up.


It’s the Chief with another strategy. The problem is, it’s not the 1960s anymore and the country’s prosperity is down, its security is weak, its borders have been compromised, and voters are not buying off on stale ideas or the typical campaign rhetoric. Voters are looking for someone new and they aren’t going to fall for CONTROL’s campaign.

CARLINI-ISM : “For President, people want someone politically accurate who calls ‘em the way they see them . If that’s Chaos, then we need to get out-of-CONTROL.”

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Hardening Intelligent Infrastructure and Mission Critical Networks is a Must

By James Carlini

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In the age of global cyberattacks, enterprises and government agencies which have some type of cloud-based network solutions should be looking at a strategic design focus that guarantees a very secure intelligent infrastructure which is not susceptible to cyberattacks.

In my upcoming book on Military Infrastructure, Strategies & Tactics for the War on Terrorism, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, I discuss some of the following concepts. We need to be prepared for a totally different type of warfare which depends on a totally different type of weaponry and warfare strategy.


Hardening an organization’s data center as well as its networks (and clouds) is a critical step to insuring its business continuity. Forget “disaster recovery” as it is a dated term and dated concept. Disaster recovery refers to the organized shutdown of systems and then when the disaster (event) is over, a systematic restart of the total application is initiated.

In today’s corporate business environment, many organizations cannot survive if their applications are out-of-service for a couple of days. Business continuity, where enterprise operations continue through the duration of the disaster, is a more robust design approach to system, data center, and network resiliency.

Disaster recovery is a dated term like data processing. More resilient systems, which are not susceptible to disasters and outages, are what should be planned and designed, especially for any organization’s mission critical applications.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is Only as Good as the Internet of Reality

I have said this in previous columns, “The Internet of Things is only as good as the Internet of Reality: the Network Infrastructure.” Too many IT executives buy off on glossy brochures and catchy buzz-phrases about the “Internet of Things” spun out by the “P.T. Barnum-like”, vendor evangelists in their corporate-logo golf shirts.

IT execs, who are not asking hard questions as to the “resiliency and robustness” of some of the inter-workings these cloud products, will be the first ones suffering when their organizations is exposed as having a data leak, a network failure, or a loss of all customer records and credit card information due to a cyberattack. Of course, this also applies to government systems and networks as well.

If the corporate (or government) network infrastructure is not fully protected or resilient from cyberattacks and other threats, the functionality of its cloud will be compromised whether it is a public or private cloud.

Why is this so important? If you are looking at any cloud-based computing, it better be bulletproof especially if it is carrying time-sensitive mission critical applications for your enterprise or information deemed private and confidential (like customer credit card information or health records).

One cloud feature missing in financial networks which I have pointed out in the past is Cloud Transaction Synchronicity ©. (Article – )

Basically, this is the total traffic synchronization of ALL transactions being sent across within a cloud. This should be a traffic monitoring service available in any cloud application (Article – )

This would guarantee a much higher and comprehensive level of compliance within the boundaries of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) as well as other regulatory bodies within the financial and brokerage area. By having this timing synchronization embedded into the total network infrastructure of a cloud, it would guarantee the ability to re-construct the transaction sequence in any major drop or jump in the velocity and value of transactions processed. It would be able to provide exact sequencing of transactions and where they originated from, which in today’s cloud networks is not a functional capability of any network utilizing HFT servers (High Frequency Trading).

Without having this type of diagnostic capability, no cloud network offers what is really needed to be able to re-construct and diagnose the sequence of transactions occurred in a market crash scenario like the one that happened in 2010. (The 1000 Point Drop of the Dow)


EMP attacks are a real possibility. With the rise in terrorist attacks and a country’s national economy viewed as a viable target, it makes sense to harden both data centers and their networks to a standard where EMP attacks are nullified, (From article – ):

As the Heritage Foundation has reported, an EMP attack with a warhead detonated 25 to 300 miles above the U.S. mainland “would fundamentally change the world:”
“Airplanes would fall from the sky; most cars would be inoperable; electrical devices would fail. Water, sewer and electrical networks would fail simultaneously. Systems of banking, energy, transportation, food production and delivery, water, emergency services and even cyberspace would collapse.”

Is your data center susceptible to an EMP attack? (Electro-Mechanical Pulse bomb) Are your network EMP-proof? If you are dealing with a third party supplying a data center capability and/or a private cloud, are they EMP proof?



These are questions to have fully answered before you embark on building out any enterprise or third party-supplied, cloud network or data center supporting any mission critical application.

Iron-clad clouds are needed in an era of NANOKRIEG, electronic warfare (EMP), cyberattacks, and digital economic terrorism.

CARLINI-ISM : “We need to prepare for new warfare and develop new defenses, not wallow in weapons, strategies, and tactics from the last century.”

His next book, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG will be out next year, 2016.



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With a proposed $500 Million tax hike aimed at trying to shore up a sinking budget, maybe Chicago leaders need to start thinking more about lightening up their load and cutting their budget by making some tough decisions, instead of raising taxes on soft drinks and property taxes.

My advice to them, start thinking you’re on a lifeboat. You need to get rid of deadweight and those just eating up the supplies without helping to row to a point of safety.

A little different mindset is needed when you need to survive. Would you still keep all the deadwood on board and those just eating crackers and water as if they were at Golden Corral?

The City That Works. Well, used to work.

The City That Works. Well, used to work.

Then again, on a City of Chicago lifeboat, you’d have two oarsmen (one Port, one Starboard), four supervisors, four assistant directors, four Directors of Oars, one lookout, four assistant lookouts, two deputy assistant lookouts, four Helmsman, four assistant Helmsmen, three assistant Director Helmsmen and their staffs of four each, four Deputy Director Helmsmen, and one Director of Helmsmen and Rations, one Chief of Rations, four assistant Chief of Rations, and one water-boy, who actually hands out the rations and water.

Right there that’s 55 people with only two people rowing the oars. Now add the ten deadwood people who think they are on a Carnival Cruise all day and eating up the supplies like there is no tomorrow.

65 people with two people rowing the oars. Start to get the picture?

Now the boat springs a leak. Who needs to man the pump to keep the water from sinking the boat?

Wait, there are no pumpsmen or assistant pumpsmen on board and those in other jobs say, “Hey, not me, I’m a supervisor.” or “I’m not trained in that, plus my union restricts me from doing other work.”

So no one mans the pumps. The boat gets heavier and heavier as everyone mills around saying, “It’s not MY job“, while others ask, “Hey where are some more crackers?” and the two oarsmen finally collapse out of exhaustion.

ALL the Directors, supervisors and their assistants can’t believe the boat is not going anywhere and they are getting lower in the water. “Hey, where are more crackers?” can be heard in the distance.


The City that Works has turned into the City that’s Sinking.

It’s a sad story, but how many other “lifeboats” are out there in the ocean of cities and suburbs with the exact same crew and attitude?

Chicago does not need 50 Aldermen.  20 would do fine and would be more in line with the City Council numbers based on population in New York City and Los Angeles. They also don’t need 18 Deputy Chiefs on the Chicago Police Department.  Cutting all these jobs and their associated budgets won’t affect services, but it will cut the costly “bureaucratic bloat” associated with running the city.

Cut spending and consolidate staffs. Services can be saved and no tax hike is necessary.

Start thinking in the 21st century instead of relying on raising the already maxed-out horse-and-buggy taxes from the 19th century.


Carlini will be speaking about new ideas in regional economic development at the upcoming Illinois Municipal League Conference at the Chicago Hilton on September 19th.

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Sitting down with a couple of working professionals at the CompTIA Conference in Chicago at the Chicago Hilton to discuss current cyber-security issues gave me some insights on how some are coping with cyber threats and how others better be getting a quick education on security:

From open servers and Smartphones to digital wallet applications on the Smartphones, a whole new issue of enterprise security is popping up across the vast landscape of users and their access to public and private clouds.

Ron Culler, Chief Technology Officer of Secure Designs and Chris Johnson, Medical IT Consultant, of Untangled Solutions sat down with me to discuss some of their views on cyber-security and the need to start putting together strict policies when it comes to cyber-security for organizations.

Ron Culler pointed out that many people have been pushed into this area of cyber-security who don’t have any real IT skills. They are not comfortable with dealing with some of the security issues, let alone, being some type of “Security Expert”. They need to rely on their cloud vendor or some other third party vendor to set policies for them and create a more secure environment. Many small companies fall into this category.

Chris Johnson added that with the explosive use in Smartphones and tablets, there is no established “trust mark” with any cloud approach. People buy off on the idea “the “cloud” that they are using is secure”, but it may not be. How do they find out if it is? There are no standards yet. There is no true rating system.

Both Chris and Ron pointed out the latest security breach with Jeep and hackers ability to take control of one of the systems controlling the car. This is more common than just in the Jeep because there was an article on the Tesla being hacked into as well. That intrusion of taking control of a car has opened the eyes of many who took security for granted on many products.

These security breaches are raising new concerns as to the robustness of the software being put into vehicles as well as other appliances within an Internet of Things (IoT) environment.

Chris Johnson pointed out that most people compare the features of a dishwasher more than they analyze the features of what is in a cloud network that is going to give them access to new applications. There is a lot of truth to that observation.

People need to be as comfortable in comparing features and network services for their smartphones as they are with comparing everyday appliances and television sets.

Both he and Ron agreed that there needs to be more education on reviewing and analyzing the good and the bad of new applications and smartphone technologies. People need to read up on basic security measures just like they would for their own houses and properties. Electronic “property” is no different.

You need to secure it from outside threats and theft.


Johnson also pointed out something that needs to be addressed. Privacy laws and other laws applicable to Smartphones are different from state-to-state. In order to have a level playing field and a standardization of privacy issues across-the-board, a national law should be put into place, rather than have 50 different interpretations of the law. To me, that makes a lot of sense.

Johnson talks about the need to have a culture shift when it comes to understanding the new security issues when you use new technology.

Culler pointed out that many things like HVAC systems, point-of-sale systems and others are all “islands of technology”. There is a real need for many companies, especially smaller ones that do not have an dedicated IT staff, to look for third party network and security integrators who can help them establish and maintain a level of security across these different products and services.

Jumping into the Internet of Things requires some thought and some focus on establishing policies and procedures for security for all organizations.

CARLINI-ISM : “You wouldn’t leave your car unlocked on the street. Don’t leave your Smartphone or other devices unlocked for others to steal information.”


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This article looks at the political change in American politics that is not being clearly understood or reported on by those analyzing and reporting politics in the media:

Donald Trump is baffling many of the news channels because he is not playing their game. He is outraging some of the long-time politicians who think they are in an elite class beyond any criticism and who are out-of-touch with the common man (and woman).

Trump is not politically correct. I totally agree. He is politically accurate and that is something many average voters are identifying with and the career politicians just don’t seem to get.

People are already blocking out the time in August, so they don’t miss the first televised GOP debate. It will probably be a very highly rated show because many people want to see how Trump handles the rest of the candidates and probably more importantly, how the rest of the candidates are going to handle him.

Trump is going to make the GOP debates exciting and force other candidates to come up with real answers. Trump brings something to the table that neither of the GOP candidates brought in the last two elections – celebrity. Unfortunately, “celebrity” is now part of the skill set or character make-up that a Presidential candidate needs to have in order to attract the low-information voter.

Political experience may be a factor, but not as big a factor as “Flat-screen” celebrity. Many candidates have good political experience, but they are like watching the grass grow in their attempts to “Sell their platform”.

If they have nine other candidates for the debate, every one of them has to realize Donald Trump has a really good executive skill. He is fast on his feet when it comes to giving an answer to a question or a comment. He doesn’t need sheets of paper, 3×5 cards, or a teleprompter in front of him.

He is quick, speaks his mind (and heart), and that is important not just for the Presidency, but for any CEO or organizational president’s position.

Trump epitomizes the kid on the block who gets picked on by the established neighborhood bullies, but instead of cowering or running home, Trump sticks around to pummel the kid who picks on him and sends him home with a black eye instead. You may not agree with that. Too bad.

He is not going to get beat up by a career, do-nothing, politician who demeans him and his supporters, or by a smarmy, self-centered journalist who thinks he is going to corner him on some issue. He is going to fight back and give as good as he gets.

Well with Trump, he will probably give more than he gets. People want a fighter. And as General George S. Patton said, “America loves a winner.”

The liberal media needs to understand, Trump is not going to take a backseat to any candidate in this Primary. He also is not going to play the “insecure-to-take-on-the-opposition”, “politically correct” milk-toast candidate most in the News media expect the Republicans to field.

The People are fed up.

The People are fed up.


If you think it’s just some Republicans supporting Trump, guess again. He is gaining support from everyone who is fed up with the same old candidates to select from in either party.

People see through the smarmy, East Coast media criticism. They know that this country needs someone very strong to go for fundamental change and reform to rebuild some of the weakened infrastructure which has developed in the last several years.

As both parties cringe at some of Trump’s reactions to other candidates’ barbs and name-calling, Trump is winning over both Republicans, Democrats and even Independents who are fed up with the Washington insiders.

Many in the news media just don’t get it. Third-graders, I mean “journalists”, like Chris Matthews and Chris Hayes on MSNBC just don’t know how to handle Trump’s bluntness. They don’t know how to try to put him down because he is not some small pushover who, at the sound of their first giggling criticism, is going to waffle or knuckle under. These politically correct reporters thrive on trying to belittle candidates who don’t share their same views of the world.

Also, Trump is no Sarah Palin and a Saturday Night Live skit is not going to torpedo Trump’s campaign or career. If anything, it will just galvanize it into something stronger.

Many say Trump will not survive in the long-run. I say, sit back and watch.

The more media people and political candidates try to talk him down, the more everyday people, whose opinions have not been heard in this country, are going to back him because he is their voice. He is pointing out problems, do-nothing government bureaucracies, and problems with illegal immigration that politicians want to sweep under the rug. Karl Rove and other “Strategists” better wake up and smell the Starbucks.

Is he a serious candidate or a clown? The question you should be asking yourself is: How serious are the others in failing to talk about critical issues and talking about how they themselves are going to fix them?

People want the impact of Trump to go into these Washington bureaucracies like the IRS, the Veterans Administration, the Attorney General’s office and other department heads who think they do not have to serve the people, serve our veterans, or answer to the people about their poor performance and be told, “You’re fired.” That would be no act of a clown.

Trump may just be the Champion for the Common man (and woman) and no other candidate on either party fits that bill. Why? They just don’t understand how fed up the people are.  The Silent Majority may just be back.

CARLINI-ISM : “Speaking with political accuracy can only help people come to a real understanding of the issue at hand. Being politically correct clouds up decisions as well as judgement.”




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Are you in an organization that uses a lot of “corporate speak”?  Does your management skirt around issues by using terms no one else knows except the people in your organization? Do they even realize they are not communicating as effectively as they should? (both internally AND externally)


It is more than a pet peeve to hear people talk in “corporate speak” instead of being politically accurate and just speaking succinctly.  I am sure you have heard some of the following in your organizations:

“Did you have a four-eyes review?”  Translation: Did you have two people review this document/ report?  When I first heard this, I thought it was a  derogatory statement.

“Are we all team players here?  Translation:  Are we all working together?  I like to counter this stupid question with, “No, I am NOT a team player,….(pause) I am a Team Leader.” Try that next time and watch your boss fall off the chair to the floor.

“Do you have line-of-sight on this project?” Translation: Do you have a direct view of what is happening?

“Did you hear about the GEM?” (Global Efficiency Model). “We are having an undocumented force reduction today.”  Or for the pragmatic, “we are having a layoff today.”

“Are we going back to BAU?” Translation: Are we going back to “business as usual”? Oh cool, using just initials. It must be a carry over of Tweeting.  ROTFLMAO.  OMG. IMHO leave the initials alone.  Speak the words.

Too many are using a lot of euphemisms and what I call, “corporate code words” to get their point across, but the sad thing is that they are NOT getting their point across.  It’s getting lost in translation.  It’s getting lost in people not understanding how the words are put together and what they are supposed to represent.

Get back to the basics. Get back to explaining things in plain language instead of corporate speak.  Especially, if you are dealing with people outside your corporate culture.

Communicating effectively between companies working on the same project is critical.  Communicating effectively between companies working on an international project where there is also a layer of multi-cultural differences is even more critical.

There was a student in an International class explaining the failure of communications between two employees of an international company that needed to work more effectively on  a project in China.

The director from the United States wanted to tell the accountant from China she needed to take a more assertive role.  Instead of telling her that plainly, he used a sports analogy that he thought would work, “You need to step up to the plate.”  Too bad she did not know anything about baseball.  Just think of her walking around all day trying to figure out what her boss said to her.

“You need to step up to the plate” – what does that mean to someone who does not know baseball?  Does he mean I should step up to the plate on the table? How do I do that?

That would be like someone from Asia telling someone from in the United States, “A frog’s back faces both the sun and moon everyday.”

What does that mean?  Too bad if you don’t know.  That is the trouble when you speak and no one can understands you because no one understands what you are trying to convey.


Noticing someone’s inability to speak well was when they filled up all their sentences with “You know…..” in the front, middle, and end of the sentence.  It was pretty clear that they could not put a full sentence together without using  “You know” as the glue to keep a sentence together. “You know” was not a verb or a noun, but more of a “sentence glue” for those who could not get out a complete thought.

The latest “indicator” for lack of coherency is adding the word, “So” before speaking. It is something that is addictive as well. Other people start to talk the same way in the same corporate culture.  Do the examples ring a bell?

What is your company’s new product?

“Soooooo………… the new product we have introduced is……”

Tell me what are your plans after college?

“Soooooo………….now that I am graduated, I plan to look for a job.”

Tell me, what do you think of the current economy?

“Soooooo………….now that gas prices are lower, I think we are in a recovery.”

It sounds LAME.  The scary part is that you probably don’t know you’re doing it, BUT everyone who is listening to you does.

While we’re at it, look at all your PowerPoint presentations to see if you have any typos in them BEFORE you present.  Nothing worse than a typo to throw your audience off-track.

After one or two, the audience stops hearing you and what you are trying to sell and starts to look for the next typo.  The focus is to see how bad you put the presentation together and any point that you wanted to make is now lost to all the eager spell-checkers.

Nothing worse than seeing something like this on the opening slide:


Hmmmmm…. How many did not even see a typo?  Don’t worry, your audience will, and they will be looking for the next one on the following slides.  You just blew your presentation.

Add “So” before you speak and you really have earned the title of Executive Doofus of the Year.  “Sooooooo………this is our long-term plan for next year….”

Stop with the sugar-coated words and corporate speak.  It does NOT raise your stature in the organization and certainly not with people outside your organization trying to understand what you are talking about.

We need to get everyone on the same page when it comes to definitions and understanding the basic framework of any project. Corporate speak and using internal definitions does not move projects forward effectively.

Doesn’t matter if you are a Baby-Boomer, Gen Xer, or Millennial.  Clean up your act!

“Sooooooo……..Don’t be a Doofus, stop speaking like this.”

CARLINI-ISM : “Speaking with political accuracy can only help people come to a real understanding of the issue at hand. Being politically correct clouds up decisions as well as judgement.”



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US ARMY Corps of Engineers refers to my Platform for Commerce

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In their latest Handbook, “Infrastructure and the Operational Art”, the US ARMY Corps of Engineers refers to my “Platform for Commerce” as a definition of infrastructure and economic growth in the first chapter .

This definition was first developed and submitted in a white paper to the US Department of Homeland Security in 2009.  Later, I presented it at their conference, Workshop on Aging Infrastructure at Columbia University in New York.  It was expanded and refined in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY (2014) available now on AMAZON. (386 pages discussing next-generation real estate, intelligent infrastructure, technology (Smartphones, WiFi, DAS, and 5G Networks), and their combined impact on regional economic development.)

Recognizes Carlini's Platform for Commerce

Recognizes Carlini’s Platform for Commerce


A new way to look at the framework of infrastructure and its impact on regional economic development and regional sustainability. Layers of infrastructure have been around for over 5,000 years.  Infrastructure has always been built to expand trade routes and increase economic development by expanding commerce.

Starting with the Egyptians and Phoenicians building docks and ports to facilitate shipping goods to different cities on the Mediterranean to the Roman Empire building roads and bridges to move their Army to conquer distant lands. All of this led to the expansion of trade and new markets.

At the end of the Civil War in the United States (1865), the railroads became a big part of the next “Layer of Infrastructure” to increase trade routes and expand commerce in the United States.

Restricting the development and use of infrastructure can stagnate a whole local economy (As evidenced in St. Louis’ decision to restrict the Railroads after 1865 in favor of the riverboats serving their city only – see chart.)

How a bad infrastructure decision stagnated a city's economy

How a bad infrastructure decision stagnated a city’s economy

The phone was invented in 1876 and electricity came shortly after adding more to the fabric of the infrastructure facilitating more trade and trade expansion.  The airplane invented in 1903 became more commercialized after World War I and created a new layer of infrastructure by establishing new trade routes by air.

Today, trade routes have become electronic with Broadband Connectivity (the Internet) and new approaches to the expansion of global commerce and expanding regional economic development have been initiated.

In 150 to 200 years, we will have Interplanetary Commerce with goods being shipped via “Space Trains”. Imagine ore and other strategic, raw materials being shipped in a large space vehicle or connected “space freight” vehicles from Mars to Earth.  Some materials needed for various nuclear reactors and other applications are more in abundance on Mars.  Again, infrastructure develops new trade routes and new trading partners.

This was the concept and framework behind the Platform for Commerce.

Before we can move forward in developing new technologies and new business applications, we need to get everyone on the same page in defining the framework for infrastructure and realizing a standard “Platform for Commerce”.

CARLINI-ISM : “Leading-edge countries will not maintain their position with trailing-edge infrastructure.”



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This article is an excerpt from James Carlini’s upcoming presentation at the Windy City Summit in Chicago next week:

.Digital wallet applications are opening up a whole new retail experience for shoppers as well as the retailers themselves. Plus, the approach is more secure than traditional credit cards.

Credit cards are becoming obsolete as new approaches using Smartphones and their NFC (Near Field Communications) chip technology become part of the mainstream customer transaction experience. With Smartphones, other demographic information can also be collected real-time and used in a cross-marketing effort to capture the lost customer in multi-venue environments (i.e. attendees at a convention center are sent eCoupons or eDiscounts from other surrounding venues like restaurants or bars to have them patronize them after hours rather than going to a venue outside the immediate convention center area).

With the explosive change of edge technology going from desktops and laptops to Smartphones and tablets, new approaches to in-store customer transactions must be designed and implemented in all next-generation real estate.

Next-generation real estate includes: Intelligent Buildings, Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs), Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs), and multi-venue Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment/ Convention centers (IRECs).

New digital wallet (or mobile wallet) capabilities including Apple Pay, MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange) and other mobile applications are being built up right now to support transactions initiated by the retail customer for purchases in all retail establishments.

The old phone company’s “Let your fingers do the walking” ad which focused on using the Yellow Pages has been replaced with, “Let your fingers do the buying” on your Smartphone.

Some people are looking at credit cards becoming a thing of the past as they see the power of their Smartphone taking on the capabilities to do all retail transactions without opening up their wallets or purses.

Most large retailers see the shift as well and are already supporting the MCX platform which will facilitate Smartphone retail transactions.

Banana Republic, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Conoco, CVS, Dillard’s, Exxon-Mobil, GAP, Hobby Lobby, K-Mart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Rite-Aid, Sears, Shell, 76, Sunoco, Target, Wal-Mart, Wendy’s, and 7-Eleven, are just some of the retail partners already involved in this endeavor which provides a free, downloadable app that includes the facilitation for merchant loyalty points for rewards.

The concept of creating a Virtual Resort (using WiFi and DAS Networks) will be discussed as well as a pragmatic, cloud-computing framework to develop a new strategic approach to cross-marketing near-by venues and the gathering of real-time customer demographics in a Smartphone-dominated retail customer environment.

To design one venue, like a stadium or convention center, requires a certain level of expertise to plan and implement a working solution. When you add several different venues (entertainment, restaurants, and retail) together into one complex, the need to understand the interrelationships which are going on and the potentials for cross-selling and cross-marketing as well as the overall changes in network traffic patterns and usage peaks is critical.

What are the benefits to the building owners of building an electronic “Virtual Resort”? This intelligent amenity provides a competitive advantage for the complex in enticing prospective tenants by offering added capabilities to insure their business’s success as well as providing a more enhanced experience to anyone visiting any part of their multi-venue complex. Instead of space being a commodity, these added intelligent amenities makes the location more valuable to both the owner and the tenant because the business tenant now has more electronic marketing (eCOUPONS, ePASSES, eDISCOUNTS) pushing people into his establishment than in a traditional real estate space. For the building owner, having this capability is a distinct competitive advantage which will attract a higher-caliber tenant and create higher occupancy rates.

This is economic development for the 21st century.

By attracting the potential customer to more venues, the revenues generated will be greater not only for the retailers but also for the municipality which will gain sales taxes that would have otherwise gone to some community “down the road.”

It’s a win-win-win situation for local economic development where customers get discounts and special promotions, retailers get more business, building owners have more successful tenants, and the community gets more in sales tax revenues.

There are definite security differences between NFC chips (facilitating the digital wallet application) in Smartphones versus the RFID chips found in many major bank credit cards. (See Chart 1)


NFC vs. RFID CHIP – From LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY – James Carlini All Rights Reserved.

As Smartphones and Tablets become more ubiquitous, demand for speed (for new apps) will increase and not go down. Some new installation endeavors (like stadiums and ball parks) have already shown they are under-engineered, so current engineering “rules-of-thumb” do not reflect actual demand.

We need to focus on strengthening the resiliency of networks as well as increasing their speeds.

As we move to 5G Networks in the year 2020, they will be providing some very high speeds to the average user (See CHART 2). Having more bandwidth available will accelerate the amount of applications that are feasible for customer service, video, high-definition video, social networking, and so many other Smartphone applications.



CARLINI-ISM : “Those cities which keep horse-and-buggy taxes and penalties as one of their major revenue streams, will become economic ghost towns.”



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We cannot restrict competition and protect the obsolete cash cows of a few, and jeopardize the economic viability of a nation.

The FCC passing their policy on Net Neutrality doesn’t do what many people think it does. It does NOT promote free speech or protect freedom, if anything, it adds a good amount of government restrictions under the guise of “regulation”.

Carriers like AT&T and Verizon have the best lobbying groups out of any company or special interest group knocking on doors in Washington DC to “protect their interests.” Do you REALLY think the FCC would promote and pass something not in AT&T’s best interest?

What about government-imposed restrictions on what THEY feel is good or bad? Some would say, “No way,” with this administration. How many would say, “No way,” under the previous Bush administration? All of a sudden, it doesn’t seem so cut-and-dried, does it?

FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR THE RESTRICTION OF IT? Two articles, one pro policy and the other against it, paint very different pictures of what “Net Neutrality” really does to the Internet. On one hand, you have the ACLU describing what “could happen” if these regulations are not adopted ( ).

On the other hand, you have the WND discussing how the way it was crafted and who has influence on it, the huge negatives of putting in place regulations and restrictions that can be misused and misapplied ( )

People are so polarized today, if you ask them which article is more accurate, you would get some siding with the ACLU and some siding with WND. Neither article, discusses the infrastructure and that is where our global Platform for Commerce for economic development and regional sustainability resides on.

If we are going to be writing policies and setting strategic directions, we better look at our global competition and see what they are doing. The development of the internet was OUR economic innovation, not China’s, or Europe’s, or South Korea’s. They are seeing the full potential. Are we?

We need to insure the intelligent infrastructure carrying that layer of infrastructure, which is key for global electronic commerce, is not only protected, but encouraged to expand both in speed and innovative capabilities. That type of economic accelerator is key for regional sustainability and regional viability.

Restrictions and regulatory channeling of companies and municipalities do not promote building out higher speed infrastructure or innovating new ideas. Regulations have a tendency to protect special interests and provide a nice formal mechanism to deny innovation, economic development, competitive expansion, and if used incorrectly or maliciously, freedom of speech.

This can easily be proven by looking at layers of infrastructure of the past. Back after the Civil War, St. Louis was a more prominent and larger city than Chicago. (See chart below from Location Location Connectivity)

St. Louis was “lobbied” by the riverboat captains to restrict the new layer of infrastructure (the Railroads) from coming into town because they were afraid that they would lose some market share to the railroads and they wanted to protect their cash cows.

How a bad decision stagnated a city's economy

How a bad decision stagnated a city’s economy

The politicians succumbed to the lobbying efforts of the incumbent riverboat captains and wrote restrictive legislation banning the railroads from crossing the Mississippi and coming into St. Louis. They were told, “It would be good for St. Louis.”

By their action, the St. Louis politicians stagnated the growth of St. Louis for decades to come. The railroads, looking for a different location for their regional hub, went up to Chicago and developed it there instead.

Within 25 years (by 1890) Chicago had surpassed the size of St. Louis, more than doubling its size, and became the Midwest powerhouse of economic growth and strength due to the added layer of infrastructure used to accelerate regional economic development and viability.

Putting restrictions on layers of infrastructure can restrain growth and stagnate the local economy. St. Louis never recovered its prominence.

Proclaiming the addition of restrictions will actually help economic growth rings hollow when you look at examples like this where it has been tried.

THE NEED FOR SPEED What the government should be encouraging and promoting is the build-out of the network infrastructure so that it can sustain the growth and demands for ultra-high speeds of the near future.

The FCC’s definition of “Broadband” (30 Megabits per second) is so out-of-touch, it’s not even laughable – it’s sad. I have been promoting “Broadband” as anything at 1 Gigabit per second and above for more than several years. We have already built-out next-generation real estate which has 40 Gbps coming in from various network carriers and is being updated to 100Gbps (with 400Gbps coming soon as an upgrade)

It HAS to be at least 1 Gbps to the end-user if we are to implement 5G Networks by the 2020 to support the growth of wireless devices going from 10,000,000,000 today to 50,000,000,000 to 75,000,000,000 (or more) by the year 2020. We need to start upgrading a LOT to fiber optics and the cost is big because it is a huge investment to add real speed to our infrastructure.

We should be looking at multi-gigabit speeds for individuals (1-3Gbps) and corporate end-users (100-400Gbps). Terabit speeds should already be in the planning stages for backbone networks for 2020. Capacities need to be greatly increased over current network capabilities.

SO GET RID OF THE ORSON WELLES MENTALITY  Some of the incumbent phone companies have a strategic attitude like the old Gallo Wine commercials where Orson Welles would say, “We won’t sell any wine until WE think it’s time.”

The phone companies don’t upgrade their network facilities and offer ultra-high speeds until THEY feel it’s time. That is a threat to our national economic security.

We cannot wait for them to decide whether or not they should increase network speeds (which in many cases means upgrading copper to fiber optics) in different regions. If they cannot do it or don’t want to do it, they should NOT be trying to get competitors restricted out of the territories they do not want to invest in. The carriers waste tens of millions of dollars trying to keep out competitors instead of applying that money to strategic network upgrades. Should we be encouraging this or encouraging competition to add speed and capabilities to bolster economic viability?


These are the discussions which need to take place. Regional economic viability in a world market is still dependent on the Platform for Commerce – the infrastructure. And the latest layer of that infrastructure is broadband connectivity. Let’s not restrict it, let’s insure that it is the best it can possibly be.

CARLINI-ISM: You cannot restrict network infrastructure when it is so key to local economic viability and regional sustainability in a global marketplace.



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Has America slipped into a vortex of declining mediocrity that is irreversible or is it coming back stronger in seeking more opportunities and setting higher goals to attain? Do we need to get back to the roots of leadership of what America was, not only in government, but in business, innovation, and corporate endeavors as well? There is a lot to learn from how the governmental and economic frameworks of this country were built and how they need to be re-built.

Are we as good a country as some have claimed or have we slipped in our international stature? What qualities and actions do we need to re-acquire and re-apply? What qualities and actions do we need to discard? Is it too late for this “American Renaissance” to unfold? These are questions I am starting to seek out answers for, in my next book.

Think about today’s rhetoric from various political views. Many people are tired of listening to the agitated arguments of politicians who don’t grasp what is actually happening in the country’s economy as well as its work-ethic. Politically correct assessments are obtuse at best and at worst, permanently damaging because they fail to provide a true assessment of what is happening and any corrective decision cannot be formulated or acted upon because of the out-of-focus and “out-of-touch-with-reality” analysis.

From a mix of quotes from government and business leaders, what should we embrace today?  Here are a dozen quotes from business and political leaders as well as inventors:

1) Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
2) Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something.
3) Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
4) Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
5) The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
6) This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.

7) Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
8) Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
9) I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
10) One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.
11) If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.

12) True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us.

Do you think you know who said the above statements? You can tell by the tone of them who probably said them, right?

Don’t be too sure. Your own biases and political leanings may distort the answers.

Are some of the quotes from potential candidates for the Presidency in 2016? Are some from current Congressmen who were just elected? I will give the answers as to who belongs to each quote at the end of this article.

One of my last column focused on CARLINI-ISMs, personal pragmatic insights developed from years of experience that I included in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY. I have always liked the idea of learning from other people’s quotes and was told by several people who have read my first book, to write a book of CARLINI-ISMs. I think I will go one step further and include those quotes that have made an impact on me by a diverse group of political, business, and civic leaders.

One of the things we need to get away from is being politically correct. When you look at the decisiveness in taking action to do good things and creating new opportunities, those decisions were made by those who were politically accurate.

You need to assess the current environment and deal with the realities of it – not create some shaded or obscure definition of it. You have to face the reality of the situation in order to come up with the best solution or decision for it.

Here are the answers as to who made the statements. You might be surprised.

1) Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Who was one of the signers of the Constitution, the first Secretary of the Treasury, who also established the US Mint. He is on the $10 bill)
2) Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something. THOMAS EDISON, Inventor, Innovator.
3) Discontent is the first necessity of progress. THOMAS EDISON, Inventor, Innovator.
4) Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. President JOHN F. KENNEDY
5) The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. President JOHN F. KENNEDY
6) This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it. AL CAPONE (Bet you didn’t get this one!)

7) Where there is no vision, there is no hope. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, Inventor & Botanist
8) Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, Inventor & Botanist
9) I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. LEE IOCOCCA, former Chairman of Chrysler
10) One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt. LEE IOCOCCA, former Chairman of Chrysler
11) If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description. HENRY CABOT LODGE, US Senator from Massachusetts and first Senate Majority Leader in the early 1900s.
12) True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us. HENRY CABOT LODGE, US Senator from Massachusetts and first Senate Majority Leader in the early 1900s.

As you can see, some of the issues we face today were also issues faced by America’s leaders over a century ago.  We need to learn from the past to move forward into the future.  We need to stop the decline and surge forward with new goals for individuals, companies, and government.

CARLINI-ISM: We need to review the framework of this country and how it was built, in order to add on improvements for the framework of its future..



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There is a call by President Obama to the FCC to lift the restrictions in 19 states on municipal broadband endeavors. This is important to the regional viability and sustainability of all communities – big and small.

AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), COMCAST (NASDAQ:CMCSA), and other incumbent phone companies lobbied hard to get restrictions passed in these states in order to stifle competition, limit new entrants and capital expenditures for updating network infrastructure, and protect their cash cows.

We cannot afford to protect a few corporations’ profits if the end-result is the weakening of the overall national economy because our infrastructure, or global Platform for Commerce, is kept sub-standard compared to other economic regions around the world.  We need to look beyond protecting some  corporations’ profits, and focus on all cities and regions remaining viable in a global marketplace.

As I have pointed out in previous articles about network infrastructure:
In some parts of the United States, there is a multi-level government concern for regional sustainability and job growth. This has created a new unity in some places in community development between municipalities, counties and the developers of business and industrial parks.

The importance of being in the right location now includes being connected at a high-speed access point to communicate with global customers, clients and suppliers.

In other parts of the country, there has been a concerted effort to restrict and ban this type of development of high-speed networks by municipalities and others in order to preserve and maintain corporate profits for some of the incumbent phone and cable companies.

We must acknowledge that:
•  Municipalities are looking for economic survival.
•  Competition is good. It sparks capital spending.
•  AT&T, Verizon, COMCAST, and others need to invest or get out of the way on building out new Network Infrastructure.
•  Regional viability and economic sustainability are more important than individual corporations protecting profits.
• Economic Development Equals Broadband Connectivity and Broadband Connectivity Equals Jobs.

As I have said over and over again at conferences, “Just like locations were important for centuries based on their proximity to good transportation, seaports and roads, they now must also be adjacent to high-speed information highways and have both wired and wireless network infrastructures that tie buildings and communities together.”

Local network infrastructure has to be upgraded in order for communities to attract and maintain corporate facilities. Having broadband connectivity (multi-gigabit speeds) is key to:
– satisfying corporate site selection committees who are looking for new locations to build corporate facilities.
– regional sustainability (job creation)
– guaranteeing viability to the local economy

This was pointed out in my white paper written for the US Department of Homeland Security and presented at Columbia University in New York in 2009. (See page 7 of the CIP Report –… )

A small city or town cannot be at the mercy of the phone company to upgrade its local network infrastructure. It needs to be competitive in order to attract and maintain corporate facilities. The more capital investment in network infrastructure, the more competitive and viable a region becomes, especially from a global perspective.

We need the best network infrastructure in place everywhere in order to compete in today’s and tomorrow’s global marketplace.

CARLINI-ISM:  Network infrastructure is a national economic security issue.  It cannot be undermined by the passage of restrictive legislation to protect the revenue streams of a couple of companies unwilling to make the capital investments they need to make in order for all regions to remain viable.



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CARLINI-ISMs are personal pragmatic insights developed from years of experience that I have included in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY. Although it is a book about the convergence of next-generation real estate, infrastructure, technology, and their combined impact on regional economic development, it also provides a perspective on organizational leadership and team dynamics.

CARLINI-ISMs were developed to give guidance, common sense, and offer wisdom on everyday issues faced by corporate and organizational management.


There are so many books at all the bookstores on Management, you would think that we would have much better leaders in all our organizations. Management of organizations is not leadership in organizations. There is a definite difference and in order to be a good leader of people, you need to focus on Passion, Fashion, and the true concepts of leadership.


AT WORK, YOU NEED A SENSE-OF-URGENCY:  How many people work with an associate who is always talking, going around chatting and wasting time, and then at the end-of-the-day, telling everyone they did not get much done, so they have to stay late? This person is no martyr or hard-working team member. They need to focus in and do the job between 9 and 5.

PROFESSIONALISM IS NOT A DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE, IT IS A STATE-OF-MIND:  In my career, I have worked with some very professional people – who did NOT have degrees, but had a persistent focus on doing a good job. Others, who had supposedly Sterling credentials, were not worth a nickel. Don’t buy off on credentials. Buy off on performance.

In business, words are words,
Explanations are explanations,
Promises are promises,
But only Performance is reality.


CASUAL DOESN’T MEAN HOMELESS:  When you are dressed sharp and professional, you act sharp and professional. When you go on an interview, they say many make up their decision on you in the first thirty seconds – that’s how much wearing the right apparel means in “getting the job”. Well what happened to that attention to detail when you are “on the job”?

Definitions on “what is casual” have become too loose to be of any help. To me, casual meant instead of a suit and tie, you wear a sport-coat with an open collar shirt. When the dress code falls to a ripped sweatshirt, torn jeans, T-shirts, and sandals, people seem to extend that casualness into their job performance. When you are dressed sloppy, your work becomes sloppy.


DRESS AS IF YOU ARE RIDING IN THE CORPORATE JET – NOT AS IF YOU ARE HERE TO WASH IT DOWN:  Some will continue to argue that they feel more comfortable in casual clothes. Well, pick up the hose and wash the plane down.


YOU MANAGE RESOURCES, BUT YOU LEAD PEOPLE:  People don’t want to be “managed”, they want to be led. Managing someone can really turn that person off. Coming in and micro-managing someone does not get the best performance out of them. It gets resignation, indignation, and no loyalty to you or the organization. Stop “managing your people”.

YOU DON’T GET SUPERMAN BY PAYING JIMMY OLSON WAGES:  You don’t get $100,000 talent for $34,000 a year. AND, three people at $34,000 apiece does NOT equal the depth of talents and capabilities of a $100,000 a year person. When it comes to talent, you get what you pay for.

TALENT IS NOT A COMMODITY:  Some people think when you hire a person with a defined skillset (like a programmer or a carpenter), that skillset is the same across all people who have that skillset. It isn’t.

You have the First Stringers (people who are there everyday putting in consistent effort), Impact Players (who you can go to for an extra effort beyond a First Stringer), Second stringers (people who may show up everyday, but may not add too much everyday), Benchwarmers (people who claim they’re “on the Team”, but are nothing more than cheerleaders), and Slackers (people who find ways to get out of work, but spend most of their time telling others how much work they have done).

Go to any trade show vendor exhibit. The person with the golf shirt on that has the corporate logo on it may be showing he or she is “part of the team”, but the person with the suit on says, “they are in charge of the team.” We have enough team players out there. What we need are more team leaders.

CARLINI-ISM:  When you learn more, you earn more. Keep an open mind, especially when it comes to developing a leadership style.



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Cyber -vandalism is NOT a strong enough word and should NOT be used when discussing the corporate system attacks that were done to the SONY corporation or any corporate entity.

The President of the United States has used this term and it should not be accepted as the correct label for what happened.

Bringing down a corporate network, stealing 400,000 credit cards, or stagnating a regional power grid is NOT the equivalent to spray-painting your name on someone’s garage door.  If we are to define the SONY cyber attack as a big problem, let’s identify the problem with the right label: corporate cyber-sabotage.

As I said in an earlier column about the impact of this type of electronic attack, “This isn’t a story line for a Die Hard movie anymore. It is reality and you can see governments getting into this as a form of electronic warfare and cyber retaliation.”


When you look at cyber-based threats and the impact they can have, many in Washington have no clue.  Why? Because computers were not their strong suit in school or at the jobs most of them came out of.  Most legislators are lawyers and most lawyers are not that computer-literate.  The world of computers, networks, and mission critical applications are not the first topics of discussions at Washington cocktail parties. So the reality of having the right defenses in place for cyber-crimes and cyber-sabotage has yet to be fully defined, let alone achieved.

As I pointed out in an earlier column:

Many organizations are still in a primitive mode when it comes to backing-up mission-critical applications. With mission-critical applications in organizations growing from “one out of three” to “one out of two” in many areas, the need to take a broader and more strategic view on the Three Rs (Reliability, Redundancy and Resiliency) of the enterprise is critical.

(See my article on Enterprise Assessment Framework – )

The type of attack which happened at SONY should be a solid warning for all that cyber-corporate espionage is a real issue to deal with and that corporate cyber-espionage can bring down just about any organization.


Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) bombs have been a potential threat since the Cold War.  The difference today is that more rogue nations, like North Korea, could have a bomb like this in its inventory.

EMP bombs do not have to have a sophisticated delivery system like a multi-stage Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile system.  They can be brought across the ocean in a freighter and just exploded 50-100 miles above land and any electronics underneath their “umbrella” coverage become fried and non-functional.

That would put us back into the 15th century.  Imagine no cars, no electronics, no TV, no phones, and no social media. Technology would be dialed back to Christopher Columbus’ day.

Economic chaos would ensue and crowds of people would be protesting the lack of everything electronic.

Corporate cyber-sabotage and EMP bombs are real threats.  We need to make sure we are prepared for any type of attack like this and that means the government better be establishing new rules, policies, and procedures to protect us.

CARLINI-ISM: Corporate cyber-sabotage is real and CEOs as well as Congressional lawmakers better understand its ability to stop an enterprise (or government) in its tracks if real safeguards are not put in place.


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A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

Most people are worried about their credit cards being stolen, but more ominous problems with cyber attacks are being aimed at other parts of a corporation including tampering with facilities and manufacturing processes, stealing Intellectual Property (IP), and changing formulas and processing around so that it is next to impossible to revert back to the original systems and procedures. Corporate cyber-sabotage could be used by rival companies, foreign governments, or just cyber-anarchists who want to punish a corporation for their products or political stances.


Just think if a huge company like GM, Caterpillar, or Ford got hit with a cyber attack focused on all the robotic systems in their assembly lines. Talk about getting “held up”, what if the systems were put in “Lock Down” mode? Or all the parameters set on various robotic tools like saws, drills, and welding machines got fed different information and coordinates which would render any type of production to zero output.

What if it was in a multi-staged attack where you first shut everything down, but then re-programmed the robots and automated machining so that when they were brought back up from a “disaster recovery mode” status to an “active status”, they would all have faulty, re-calibrated information in their cutting and manufacturing procedures? How easy would that be to unravel and fix all those changes and recalibrate all the robots so they were performing the right movements at the right time? Are corporate back-up systems as good as their executive staffs think they are?

Damaging a competitor’s core business may be a goal of a rival company or a rogue nation. It doesn’t matter who is initiating
the attack. What matters is, do you have the safeguards in place before the Tsunami of system failures hits your organization?

This isn’t a story line for a Die Hard movie anymore. It is reality and you can see governments getting into this as a form of electronic warfare and cyber retaliation.

Most CEOs may think about the possibilities of a cyber attack, but when they are asked for capital to harden facilities or hire qualified personnel who can safeguard resources, they don’t see the expenditure being necessary, especially if they are anticipating some big bonus. Cost-cutting executives and their organizations are the perfect target for these cyber criminals. If the cyber criminal knows the CEO is too cheap to approve monies for security, then it’s “easy pickings”.

This could happen and this is why more corporations needs to be aware of these more strategic approaches to corporate cyber-sabotage

Stealing credit card information is just the tip of the iceberg. Stopping an organization dead in its tracks because their electronic systems that manage and motivate the manufacturing process, is a much loftier goal.

CARLINI-ISM: Just when you thought you fixed one digital problem, another comes crawling up electronically.


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A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

When a cyber attack wipes out an organization’s ability to conduct business, the question to the organization’s CEO becomes, “Have you properly maintained the organization’s infrastructure and its networks, so that it can still function as a viable business entity?”

What areas are you are supposed to manage back-up, and maintain? A CEO better know this for today’s cyber attack-infested marketplace.

A large cyber attack is to a corporate CEO, like a rogue snowstorm to a mayor facing re-election. If the plows and salt trucks don’t do their jobs and the city is left stranded from the ravages of the storm, the mayor does not get re-elected. On the corporate side, the CEO walks the plank.

Making a strategic assessment of an enterprise’s total business platform and its ability to withstand a cyber attack (or any disruption), is not for everyone. There are only a few quality firms that can approach this on an all-encompassing, strategic, executive view and not just an “outside techie” firm doing a review on the technical innards of a server farm or data center.

Each organization’s specific strategic assets need to be assessed for their susceptibility to corporate cyber-sabotage as well as other man-made or natural disasters. Let’s look at the various parts of the internal “Platform for Commerce” that supports an enterprise.

REAL ESTATE: What and where is the land that the enterprise sits on? Are there any issues/obstacles to be aware of? (Natural or Man-made)

INFRASTRUCTURE: What is in-place/ available/ accessible to the enterprise? What is the quality/redundancy of access to transportation? Rail? Airports? Power grid and network communications?

TECHNOLOGY: What technologies “run the business”? What in-place technologies are considered “Mission Critical”? Are there redundant network carriers providing Multi-Gigabit connectivity? Where else is redundancy needed? Where is it lacking? What other cyber/connectivity intelligent amenities are being used? What is the documentation?

Has the back-up systems ever been tested? (Sounds like a dumb question but you would be surprised at how many organizations have back-up plans as well as procedures and back-up hardware, but they have never been tested by the organization.)

ENTERPRISE CRITICALITY: How many applications are considered mission critical for the enterprise? To what level are these applications backed up and duplicated? How is it being funded in both its initial and operating phases? What impact do all the applications have on the enterprise’s regional sustainability? Global competitiveness?

There are more questions to ask and metrics to measure, but this gives you a good picture as to the methodology of the strategic Enterprise Assessment Framework (EAF) of what should be happening when it comes to assessing the internal “Platform for Commerce” within an organization or corporate enterprise.

Cyber attacks are on the rise. According to a recent article on :
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been over 700 data breaches reported in the U.S. so far this year, a 26 percent increase over the same time period in 2013. Of the breaches that have been reported this year, the overwhelming majority have affected healthcare entities and businesses.

Corporate executives may not see this as a hot issue on their “Things to Do” List, but they should. This rise in cyber attacks is an indication it is going to become a “Top Five” issue with corporate CEOs and their executive staffs.

Famous last words in the mahogany CEO office suite, “This could never happen to us.”

When you look at any enterprise’s applications, you have to segregate them into various categories of criticality:
1. CRITICAL APPLICATIONS (Mission critical to the success of the enterprise. Should never be shut down or incapacitated. ALL of them should be totally redundant. (100% back-up))
2. NECESSARY APPLICATIONS (Everyday operations depend on these applications. Only a short period of Out-of-Service time can be tolerated.)
3. OPTIMAL APPLICATIONS (Could do without for a period of time. The business could still function.)

There is a shift going on now as more enterprises become more dependent on mission critical applications. Today, one out of every three applications are considered “Mission Critical” to the organizations. Moving forward, one out of every two applications will become “Mission Critical”. Design and operational heuristics must change to fit these new critical applications.

Selling products and services into this 21st century corporate “Platform for Commerce” environment requires an expertise in understanding multi-disciplinary skills and next-generation solutions. It is a multi-level sell when trying to promote new intelligent amenities for next-generation buildings, multi-venue entertainment centers, and intelligent business campuses.

With the growing threat of cyber destruction onto an enterprise’s intelligent infrastructure, CEOs cannot afford to take a wait-and-see attitude as to preventions, enterprise-wide assessments and applied security solutions. They also cannot depend on their legal or accounting advisors because those people have no real expertise in these matters. Get a broadly-focused, strategic technologist to assess your current situation.

CARLINI-ISM: When you’re sick, you don’t go to the cheapest doctor.


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How many Millennials do you know who are uncertain of their future? How many of them have any type of blueprint to success? How many of them have more than a part-time job? (Some have two, just to make more money, but many are still looking for a full-time, benefits-paying job.)

With so many changes and challenges in society today, old rules-of-thumb cannot be applied to develop careers or determine a direction to take with developing skill sets and seeking jobs. The same career advice cannot be regurgitated year-after-year because it is just not applicable anymore.


When I wrote my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, I wrote it to leave behind a legacy of broad-based knowledge and experience on high-tech issues covering next-generation real estate, infrastructure, and technology. These areas are converging and impacting regional Economic Development.

The book offers more than that. It offers some “frameworks for the future” discussing the ways of looking at things which can provide opportunities for people in the beginnings of their careers as well as those in the middle or end of their careers.

One of my friends who was reading the book, called me up to discuss what he thought about the book. He said, “I can’t believe how much stuff you have in this book.” He said this is a book that could easily become a classic.

His summary, “The book is a veritable Treasure Chest of Opportunities.”

I am humbled by his assessment and hope others get as much out of the book. I really would like to see Millennials pick up the book because they are the ones who seem disenfranchised with “traditional business cultures” in many organizations.

Those who already have a degree and are in debt from college loans must take a second look at what they can fit into and what will get them more than a minimum wage job. The promise “a college degree will unlock the doors to better opportunities” rings very hollow with many of them.

There are still opportunities out there, but the doors and locks have changed.

What worked before in positioning oneself for a good job doesn’t necessarily guarantee success today. You must have skills focused on Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, and Technology in order to be marketable in today’s economy. (FACT-based skills)

It’s all in the book. FACT-based education is much more critical than learning the Three R’s: The skill sets for Industrial Age jobs. The Three R’s? Rote, Repetition and Routine which add up to Regimentation.

The Three R’s may have been excellent skills for Industrial Age jobs, but they are not going to get you far in today’s and tomorrow’s challenging jobs where nothing is routine and there is no such thing as “a routine day.”

Public school systems are not teaching for today’s jobs and there is a disconnect when people graduate. If they go on to college, there is no guarantee those FACT-based skills will be part of their curriculum.

Before deciding to get into a college curriculum that is probably 20 years old and will cost about $40,000 for the first year, buy the book for $40 and get a better picture of where things are going and where the opportunities of the future will be.

You may not need a degree. If you do, choose wisely. It is not about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as much as it is about FACT (Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, and Technology) skills.

Remember, 21h century challenges may not be solved by 20th century solutions.

CARLINI-ISM : College degrees are not the universal solution anymore to obtaining a good career in the 21st century.

Carlini’s visionary book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available at AMAZON and Barnes & Noble. (The ISBN # 9780-9906460-44)
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What amenity can a building owner or property management firm add to a building to eliminate 90% of their competition in today’s commercial real estate market? The answer: Broadband Connectivity.

This is not hype. This is not conceptual or theoretical. It is fact.

In performing research for a planning project I worked on while consulting to the DuPage Business Center, an 800-acre high-tech business park in Illinois, I found that searching for Class A space (20,000 square feet) in the surrounding area came up with a total of 60 available properties.

With that many properties offering space, it would be an easy time to get them to compete on price until the price per square foot was driven down to a very low amount. With owners hungry for a tenant, we could probably negotiate a year free on a five-year lease.

As soon as I added Broadband Connectivity (multiple gigabit speeds) to the upfront requirements for the tenant space, the amount of buildings available with that amenity dropped to five. That is over a 90% reduction in the amount of buildings available that could handle that type of request.

In that scenario, the building owner would not have to sacrifice dropping the price per square foot and could focus on more unique strengths of the property. End result: The property owner keeps up the profitability of the building and attracts the premium tenants.

Hear that huge shattering sound of glass, steel and marble crashing down to the ground? That is the shattering of decades’ worth of commercial real estate concepts that don’t work anymore.

The sad part is many in the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) market need to tune into this deafening thunder. The status quo has been shattered and shattered again by the implementation of WiFi. DAS and Smartphone networks into many venues. Commercial real estate needs to offer what was before a hoped for, that has become a “must-have”.

As I said in an earlier article: ( )
Selling products and services into this 21st century integrated real estate environment requires an expertise in understanding multi-disciplinary skills and next-generation solutions. It is a multi-level sell when trying to promote new intelligent amenities for next-generation buildings, multi-venue entertainment centers, and intelligent business campuses.

Part of my book, Location Location Connectivity, deals with changing out Master Planning concepts. Areas of concern like power and network infrastructure services have become something to be added to the upfront planning of the property and not as some after-thought once the tenant signs the contract.

The reality is the tenant is NOT going to sign any contract unless these amenities are already present and available. When it comes to Master Planning, both power and network services have to be implemented upfront before any tenant will buy into the property.

If you are into property management or ownership of Class A Buildings, do you want to eliminate the vast majority of your competition in today’s commercial real estate market? Start taking a look at implementing intelligent amenities before potential tenants require them and you have to do things in a crisis mode.

CARLINI-ISM: “When it comes to commercial real estate, those stuck with 20th century solutions will not be able to attract and maintain 21st century tenants.”

Carlini’s visionary book, Location Location Connectivity is available at Barnes & Noble. (The ISBN # 9780-9906460-44)

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At the HetNet Expo in Chicago on October, 16th, I asked a question to a regional Manager from Verizon at one of the morning panel discussions. I thought it was a good question, but did not elicit a good answer. This concerns me and should concern you.
“With the amount of wireless devices going from 10 Billion devices today to 50 Billion devices in 2020, what are the strategic plans of your company, Verizon, when it comes to building out network infrastructure?”

It was a straightforward question and I expected a definitive answer. When you look at the timetable for meeting the 5G Network objective, it is pretty clear they only have five years or a half a decade to plan, design, and implement a more robust and resilient network infrastructure that can handle a huge amount of new traffic.

We are supposed to be running in a 5G Network environment by 2020 and that means a lot of things to a lot of people. One thing it means is that all the carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have to do major upgrades to their networks.

Instead of getting a good answer, I got some song-and-dance from the Verizon Wireless manager and an even worse “wango tango of buzz phrases and euphemisms” from the moderator of the panel, who clearly did not know what he was talking about.

You would think they would be all over that question talking about the path to expansion of their infrastructure as well as the potential expansion of available network services to provide companies and individuals with more choices for faster capabilities.

If you have a plan, you would point out three or four of its major initiatives and tick off a timeline for their expected executions. Nothing like that came out of the panel discussion. It was more of the “these are big companies with big brains figuring all this out” rhetoric that did not impress me (or others).

Carriers must have a real strategic plan to meet this real challenge and I just don’t see it. Five years is not a lot of time for all this to transpire and be done right.

In talking to some others who were at the HetNet Expo, I spoke with one person who told me his company was trying to sell this one real estate owner on adding more connectivity into his building for over three years, but their offers were always turned down. He said the building owner was now trying to lock in a new anchor tenant and part of the lease requires they have broadband connectivity in the building.

He said now the owner is scrambling and wants them to come in and build out his building with new antennae immediately because he is afraid he will lose this anchor tenant to someone else if he fails to upgrade his building.

I told him more of that is going to start happening as tenants start demanding intelligent amenities as part of the basic lease package and if it isn’t available, they will be moving to new facilities. It is already happening.

I discussed some of these concepts in the Keynote I presented. Next-generation real estate needs to have a whole new set of terminology to describe this paradigm shift and the industry needs to understand the new concepts.

My book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, which will be available later in October. (ISBN # is 978-0-9906460-44) covers these concepts from Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs) and Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs) to other multi-venue platforms including IRECs. An IREC is an Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment/ Convention Center (IREC) complex which focuses on Smartphone technology to cross-market venues to every visitor who decides to attend or shop at one of the buildings within the coverage of the wireless broadband capabilities designed to service the complex.

CARLINI-ISM: “For us to get to 5G Networks by 2020, all the Carriers need to upgrade their current network infrastructure and discard old rules-of-thumb.”

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The recent employee sabotage of Aurora, Illinois’ Air Traffic Control center which brought air traffic to an abrupt halt brings up some huge questions:

“Isn’t that type of control center mission critical?
– Shouldn’t a control center like that be backed up?
– Why wasn’t it backed up, especially after a 1998 GAO study said it was dangerous not to have it redundant?
– Who’s in charge?




I have worked in mission critical systems and intelligent infrastructure for my whole career spanning over 35 years from Bell Laboratories designing software to run the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to working with the City of Chicago on planning and designing their Emergency 911 Center to working with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on trading floor technologies as well as overall networks connecting GLOBEX users internationally.

In addition, I have worked with more than several companies on their call centers, manufacturing and international networks which would also be considered “mission critical” because that’s where a great amount of their business came through whether it was a catalog sales company (Spiegel’s) to a major bank (Sanwa Bank) to a consumer electronics company (JVC) or a pharmaceuticals company (Abbott Labs).

Mission critical means you cannot go down. You cannot have a single point-of-failure. You cannot afford to be down for your business.

Mission critical means you need redundant power supplies, you need redundant network connections and you need redundant processing power to maintain the applications (computers and data bases that are completely duplicated)

With all that being said, whoever designed the Air Traffic Control center had to have those same types of basic design concepts when they were building this center. With something as critical as managing aircraft in the sky, you would think that you either had a fully backed-up system that the controllers to switch to OR enough back-up within the network of air traffic control centers to handle the overload caused by one or two centers going completely out on the network grid.


The May 1998 GAO Study on Air Traffic Control (ATC) Weak Computer Security Practices Jeopardizes Flight Safety ( ) concluded:

The FAA has not analyzed the threats and vulnerabilities, or developed
safeguards to protect 87 of its 90 operational ATC computer systems and 8
of its 9 operational ATC telecommunications networks.

The FAA does not have a well-defined security architecture, a security concept of operations, or security standards, and does not consistently include well- formulated security requirements in specifications for new ATC systems

The FAA has recognized for several years that its vulnerabilities could
jeopardize, and have already jeopardized, flight safety.

There are definite problems today as there were 16 years ago, so where has everyone been in the last 16 years besides collecting a check?


You need to take into consideration new network, as well as power, requirements for mission critical applications.

Most buildings need to undergo a transformation as to how they connect into the fabric of network infrastructure within the region. A single connection equates to a potential single-point-of-failure. Many building owners need to assess whether or not they want to incur the expense of adding a second route for communications into the

We have to get the Air Traffic Control enters up-to-par with other mission critical buildings which support corporate (and government) applications. This should have been done over a decade ago.

CARLINI-ISM: “A single connection equates to a potential
single-point-of-failure. That being said, over 95% of buildings are then not ready for tenants who have mission critical applications which need network access.”

CARLINI-ISM: “Intelligent amenities are more important than traditional amenities. Traditional amenities are a given in commercial real estate – intelligent amenities are not.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available in October. (The ISBN # 978-0-9906460-4-4 )

He will be the Keynote Speaker at HetNet Expo on October 15th.
Details are at

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I remember when FEDEX was a top-notch company with sharp AND professional people supporting you in critical time periods when you had to get things like proposals and reports out to distant locations. You could set your watch to their pick-up and delivery times. What happened???

Last Monday, I sent a CD disk with the final copy of my book to my printing company by PRIORITY OVERNIGHT and paid $32 and thought that was HIGH. Friday, I had to send another disk, so I go and ask for PRIORITY OVERNIGHT (10:30AM) for Monday (today) and it’s over $50.

WHAT????? Then I asked for the price of the afternoon delivery (3:30PM) and it was still $37.25. HOW COULD THAT BE???

I pointed out I sent the same exact package to the same exact place on Monday night and it cost me $32 overnight, how could sending something from Friday night to Monday morning cost so much more? No answer from the guy at the counter.

Gave him my FEDEX number that I had for over 25 years, but nothing happened. The account has been dormant for too long a time (well, even though I just paid for something last Monday night, I was still considered a “cash only” account). So much for being a long-time customer.

Employee #2014904 at the store I went to was no help. He could not look up anything but said, this is the price coming up on the computer. He did not do anything to check the exact same package delivery that was done four days earlier. He didn’t really care either, so I decided it wasn’t worth discussing. Just pay the inflated price for lower-quality service and walk away.


I was really ticked off, went home and called FEDEX Friday night. After 23 minutes on the phone with one Rep I could not even understand and then a Manager, Jay, who was a little smarter, I got the thing right – delivered by 10:30AM – but I still have to call billing to rectify the charges AFTER the package is delivered. AND, the package was going to Tennessee – that is where FEDEX’s planes are headquartered.

As I told the second customer service manager on the phone, “Hey, this is FEDEX, not Joe Blow’s Delivery Service.” I had a very high regard for FEDEX 20-25 years ago. They were top-notch and their people knew their job. Today, one out of three knew their job.

What executive screwed up FEDEX???? Who decided overseas call centers were a good customer service move and what happened to professionals manning the counters?

Now I am thinking next time I need to ship something – I might just go to the Post Office. My expectations at the Post Office were never high, but seeing FEDEX in such a disarray, maybe it’s time to go back to the Post Office?


Next time? On my FEDEX receipt it said, “Take our survey and get a discount the next time.”

Thanks, but no thanks FEDEX. Writing this article is much better way to get someone to wake up and look at their business, than calling a different 1-1800 number to answer a lame questionnaire.

There is a definite problem both at the front lines of the stores as well as the 1-800 number for FEDEX support.


Who is in charge? You can’t blame low-level clerks for inconsistent billing. Or can you?

Whatever your job is, learn it, and perform it well. If you’re the boss, make sure people are doing their jobs well and recognize them for doing a good job.

We cannot get better as a country until we figure out what we are doing wrong – and fix it.

Now, with the guy who burned down the Air Traffic Control data center in Aurora, Illinois that stopped all flights across four states over the weekend, who knows if the package will arrive on time? Shouldn’t control centers like that be totally backed up? That’s another story (Which I will be writing about)

CARLINI-ISM : Have passion for your job and show a sense-of-urgency for your customers.

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Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available in October. (The ISBN # 978-0-9906460-4-4 )

He will be the Keynote Speaker at HetNet Expo on October 15th.
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In October, I will be the Keynote Speaker at HetNet Expo in Chicago on October, 15th. The conference will be held at the Chicago Hilton and I expect a good cross-section of professionals will be there.

Why? There is a convergence of Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Technology going on and it is all focused on impacting the regional economic stability and sustainability of every municipality worldwide. To compete in the 21st century marketplace, broadband connectivity and redundant power are key intelligent amenities organizations must have in order to support their mission critical applications. In addition, most people are using Smartphones and Tablets as their new “edge technology.” Broadband connectivity is a “must have” in commercial buildings, and not a “hoped for” by this tech-dependent market segment.

Most commercial buildings do not offer redundant power sources or redundant high-speed network access from two different carriers. Real estate owners and property management companies have to address buildings which cannot compete for 21st century tenants.

Those who are selling WiFi, DAS and integrated Smartphone solutions must realize the market is wide-open for their business solutions.


Next-generation real estate needs to have a whole new set of terminology to describe its new capabilities. One white paper I wrote several years ago while working on an 800-acre high-tech real estate project, discussed the new names for next-generation industrial and office parks. Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs) are the new names for those multi-building facilities supplying intelligent amenities like redundant power and redundant broadband connectivity to each tenant through intelligent infrastructure. In doing some research while writing the white paper, I found out that in Asia, they refer to these next-generation business campuses as Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs)

Other multi-venue platforms include IRECs. An IREC is an Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment/ Convention Center (IREC) complex which focuses on cross-marketing the venues to every visitor who decides to attend or shop at one of the buildings within the coverage of the wireless broadband capabilities that are designed to service the complex.

These concepts will be some of the material I will be discussing in my Keynote Speech. The concepts are covered in detail in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY which will be available later in October. (The ISBN # is 978-0-9906460-4-4 for this 380-page book.)

The book is a culmination of work and research done in the last several years on various high-tech real estate projects, several white papers including one I wrote for the US Department of Homeland Security on Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability and proven procurement, strategic technology management and team dynamic concepts taught throughout my years at Northwestern University in both the undergrad and Executive Masters programs. It also covers experiences from my consulting engagements.

CARLINI-ISM: “Those stuck with 20th century solutions will not be able to compete in 21st century global challenges.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available in October. (The ISBN # 978-0-9906460-4-4 )

He will be speaking at HetNet Expo.
Details are at

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I spoke at the second Annual INFORM conference on Big Data and Analytics at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center on a panel discussion entitled: Big Data Analytics: The Power of Practice.

There were over 100 people there from various companies like Walgreen’s, Accenture, Nielsen, and others as well as some academics from the major universities around Chicago.

The University of Chicago also has a graduate program in Analytics, so there were also several people there who were currently enrolled in their Masters’ program. The conference featured speakers from academic institutions to companies that were in various industry segments.

The one session I happened to sit in on was very eye-opening. The Chief Analytics Officer of this Chicago-based financial company talked about how focused they were on their young staff and how they had a whole program to nurture them because in today’s market, good talent is hard to find AND harder to keep. He had my attention because he was saying the right words.

He discussed setting up a college recruitment program and focusing on those who looked promising. He talked about their sophisticated internship program and how they determined upfront, the right talent to “fit their different product teams.”

He also talked about knowing who the “best of the best” were and that because of the competition for good people, you need to identify who your “rock stars” are and make sure they know you know.

Being myself, I was more in a “politically accurate” mode than a politically correct mode, so I had to comment on this executive’s big pitch about hiring graduates and younger people. It sounded like a pretty comprehensive program that reminded me of something like Bell Telephone Labs where I worked at in the beginning of my career.

The question I asked and thought the answer was going to be a definite “yes” was, “Do you have a tuition reimbursement program for these “Rock Stars”?” The answer was no. WHAT?

Credibility? BANG. ZERO. Are we talking about hiring “Rock Stars” or just “roadies”?

Well, wait a second. You went through 15 minutes of why it is so important to focus on the motivations and aspirations of these recent graduates so that they can do a good job and not walk away to another company, tuition reimbursement should be a given.

Rock stars? I think not. If someone is really good and there is no investing into their skill sets, they are going to walk. To be brutally honest, I felt that this was just another company that focuses on the “talent of the day,” gives it a “you are special to us” sales-pitch, burns it up, and then goes out and recruits the next “bunch of roadies” for next year’s tour.

Real investing – like paying for a grad degree or at least paying for 50% is what is needed to retain talent, not getting them enrolled in the one-hour free webinar on analytics. Or having some rah-rah event for “team-building”.

Let’s cut the corporate-speak as well as the awarding of a “This is a good place to work award because they have an Expresso Latte machine and lets you wear jeans to work” by junior journalists who don’t have a clue on what a good workplace environment is.

When it came time to give my two cents in the panel discussion, I ripped into some of this thought process. I spoke about building team dynamics within coursework in college – and not give everyone just individual projects to work on for their grade. Another professor in the panel agreed with me. Too many school do not focus on building people’s social and team skills while they are in college. Waiting until they get on the job is too late.

Insights for buying systems and technology from my perspective on the panel:
There is no such thing as a new, $5,000 Rolls-Royce. You want the performance, the quality, and the engineering – you need to pay for it.

Same goes for if you are not spending much money: There is no such thing as a Formula One Yugo. $5,000 is not going to get you 0-60 in 2.4 seconds.

A woman in the audience asked, “How do we push our children into the right direction?” I grabbed the mic and said, “Stop coddling them.

As to Millennials, there is no “special sense” about them. They want what we all wanted when we started our career: A good-paying job, a good (and understanding boss), and a fair chance to put forth effort in exchange for a decent reward, AND a place to grow professionally.

I had several younger analysts come up and thank me for pointing out the shortfalls of most companies today. They said I “nailed it on the head” as far as describing what goes on at their companies.

Companies do not invest in the employee and just work them until they leave. Good talent goes out the door and you have to start from square one again. Are you really saving money with that hiring approach? I don’t think so when you are dealing with something as sophisticated as operational analytics and statistics.

NOTE TO HIRING MANAGERS OF COMPANIES: You don’t get Superman by paying Jimmy Olson wages. Good people cost money not only upfront, but if you want to retain them you need to invest in them.

The argument that if you invest in people, they are going to walk – is a bad judgment call. If you don’t invest in them, the good ones WILL walk.

What we need today are more work environments like Bell Labs and not Taco Bell.

NOTE TO RECENT GRADS: Come to work on time. Dress for success. Do your job well and you will be rewarded well. We will INVEST in you. (That is what the company should be telling you – and taking action on, like a tuition reimbursement program.)

If you are buying off on the “Let’s paddle on the Lake” event or the “Clean up this part of the Forest after we take a zip line through it”, don’t tell me your “special” and need to be coddled. You’re just this year’s roadie. We’ll use you until we find someone to replace you after you burn out.

Come to work dressed like you are flying in the corporate jet, not like you are here to wash it down. As I advised some in an Executive Masters class once who came in dressed too raggedy, “Casual doesn’t mean Homeless.”

Young people are looking for real leadership – and they can see through the phonies. You know you are right when the next day you get all these people wanting to be in your LINKED IN network.

CARLINI-ISM: “It’s good to be the pragmatic Josey Wales in an environment of snake-oil salesmen and unarmed intellects. Few of us still speak with “words of iron”, but when we do, we strike fear in those who are the double tongues.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available later this year.

He will be speaking at two upcoming conferences in October (Chicago and Las Vegas). Details are forthcoming.

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This article is an excerpt from James Carlini’s upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity:

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The latest merger being questioned is the COMCAST Time-Warner merger which many experts are weighing in on. The problem is some are looking at the wrong end of the horse when they say it’s a bad merger.

In several articles and editorials that I have read, the authors and columnists look at the COMCAST/ Time-Warner (CTW) merger as a bad thing for cable. All the articles seem to focus on the cable industry and content, yet none are even making the argument about the new merged company, let’s just call it CTW, taking on AT&T and Verizon for the customers in the high-speed data markets. Broadband connectivity needs some competition and if you are going to be a competitor, you need some real money to compete in the capital-intensive communications industry.


When cable companies first came onto the market, their CEOs were not focused on being part of the network infrastructure layer and looking at themselves as a communications infrastructure company. Their focus, and the definition of what business they were in, was the entertainment business.

They developed the delivery system for entertainment content. They did not think about building a communications infrastructure for extended use, even though they were. They were focused on bringing content into homes and did not initially focus on the long-term engineering of their cabling infrastructure. Designing and engineering the delivery system was just a necessary evil.

Now, with the need for real network infrastructure handling high-speed applications, the cabling industry already has a big footprint of cabling which can go head-to-head with anything AT&T has in place.


They need a CEO who understands who the new major competitors are. The CEO should be looking at AT&T and Verizon as their big competitors, not smaller cable companies or dish companies.

If I was the CEO, I would be looking at how to compete with AT&T and Verizon in the area of broadband connectivity. I would be establishing a whole gameplan to enter each one of their internet subscribers with an alternate high-speed service for their internet business.

There is a huge market out there because AT&T’s U-Verse is so limited. In an earlier article, I pointed out that if you have U-Verse, you cannot get a second line of U-Verse into your house. You can get a dial-up line, but nothing high-speed. (See )

I already have the solution at my house. I have U-Verse coming in and I have COMCAST coming in for internet only. I have both network and carrier diversity which is more than 96% of the residential and commercial buildings have as their connectivity amenity.

Buildings with one connection to one network carrier’s central office are obsolete. That was the connectivity solution for the 19th and most of the 20th centuries. This is a great example of what was “best practice” in the last century is not obsolete in this century.

You cannot use a 20th century solution to solve 21st century connectivity issues. Mission critical applications demand redundant connections (preferably in diverse networks).

We need more choices at the end-user’s home for internet connectivity. With competition, prices will go down, not up. With competition, we will be able to accelerate speeds and be competitive within the global markets.

We need to raise the awareness of competitive strategies as well as raise the speeds of connectivity to the end-user. Having another formidable opponent can only force AT&T and Verizon to raise the bar when it comes to speeds going to the end-user. The faster we get to having a ubiquitous network providing gigabit speeds to the end-user, the faster we will re-take our leadership position in the global economy.

CARLINI-ISM: Look to COMCAST/ TW as a new competitor to the incumbent phone companies. Competition is good.

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available later this year.

He will be speaking at several upcoming conferences across the country later this year. Details are forthcoming.

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The latest in modern skyscrapers is not going up in New York City or Chicago. It is not going up in the Far East either. The DaVinci Tower, which boasts a whole new architectural concept called Dynamic Architecture, is going up in Dubai. David Fisher is the architect.

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Terabit speeds are what we should be aiming for as a solid goal for any major metropolitan city’s backbone network infrastructure objective. If we really want them to be a leader in global broadband connectivity tomorrow, this is the bar to set today. If you set the bar that high, and only attain 50% of its goal, you still will be world-class.

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Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

Evidently, no one told that to those who developed and released the Chicago RFQ for “a gigabit or near-gigabit network”.

Chicago has just sent out an RFQ for Broadband Infrastructure Expansion (#122737) which asks for speeds that are obsolete.

Gigabit or near-gigabit? For a network that will not be operational for at least another 24 to 36 months?
This is obsolete before they send the first packet across.

An 800-acre business park in the Chicago suburbs that I discuss in my upcoming book and was an adviser to, installed 40 Gigabit per second (40Gbps) connectivity several years ago. It’s operational TODAY. Want to be competitive today? The going speed is 40Gbps moving to 100Gbps in a short timeframe.

In my book, I go around the world discussing examples of other next-generation business parks which offer 10Gbps, 20Gbps, or better network speeds serving their tenants.

Chicago’s statement, in its RFQ declaring

….to ensure that Chicago is prepared to meet the demands of a 21st century economy.

The City’s first step toward achieving affordable high-speed internet access for all Chicagoans will target seven Innovation Zones with gigabit-or near –gigabit -speed broadband and focus on providing immediate access to businesses, universities, and organizations located in these core industrial and commercial area

rings pretty hollow in comparison.

“Prepared to meet the demands of a 21st Century economy”?? With one gigabit OR LESS network speeds to end users? This is supposedly to get the city more competitive on the global economic stage?

Whoever is advising the city has no clue where the ‘state of the art” in network infrastructure is, or how fast it is going to the next plateau of network speeds.

Get me some Smartphones and I will show you how fast that bandwidth gets eaten up by those end-user devices which are quickly becoming the “device-of-choice” as the new edge technology.

Other parameters the Chicago RFQ highlights are laughable at best, and technologically unacceptable at worst. Here are some excerpts of it that I have a problem with:

Providing the resources necessary for Businesses, Universities and other organizations to succeed and thrive is necessary for Chicago to remain a global leader and pioneer. Availability of and access to an affordable high-speed broadband network is now a critical component of urban infrastructure, similar to electricity, water, and roadways.

The infrastructure must be capable of providing 99.9% availability, be resilient with low latency and jitter, and ensure that packets sent and received at the network edges are identical.

You ARE NOT going to “remain a global leader and pioneer” with reliability rates of only 99.9% availability.

Do you really believe large businesses like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Boeing, or any of the banks are going to trust their mission critical applications on networks that are running with only a 99.9% reliability?

Most businesses with mission critical applications want the insurance of 99.995% to 99.999% availability rates. With enterprise-wide mission critical applications currently at one-out-of-three and quickly growing to one-out-of-two applications, who is going to want to use a 99.9% reliable network?

Maybe if we relate it to snow storms, Chicago might “get it”. Don’t ask for one ton of salt when you really need 1,024 tons to get businesses moving and competitive.

Something more visual? You look absolutely foolish chanting “we’re going to be Number one” from your two horsepower horse-and-buggy parked on the NASCAR track amongst the other 1,200-horsepowered cars lining up for the race.

That’s the problem when political leaders and their advisers are technologically Amish. Understand the technology, know how to apply it, and get someone who is not a cheerleader to tell you how you are perceived on the world’s racetrack of economic viability and sustainability.

CARLINI-ISM: When it comes to network speeds, you need to be the fastest to say you’re world class.

Carlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available later this year.

COPYRIGHT 2014 – James Carlini


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COMCAST’s recent $45 Billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable was big news in the Cable TV world, but it should be looked at from a different perspective. Instead of looking at COMCAST as a Cable TV provider, we should be looking at it as another alternative to the traditional network carriers like AT&T and Verizon for our data needs both at home and at the business location.


Maybe the incumbent network carriers like AT&T and Verizon don’t look at COMCAST as being a real competitor because its focus is more on Cable TV but in reality, the network grid that COMCAST has could go head-to-head in markets where incumbents like AT&T provide U-Verse.

Did you know if you get U-Verse, you cannot get a second high-speed U-Verse line? I found that out recently and could not believe how short-sighted that is from a marketing strategy standpoint. It leaves AT&T wide open for someone like COMCAST to come in and provide a second line for work-at-home couples. This was our solution when AT&T could not ante up a second line.

This raises a huge question as to the available network resources AT&T has in the street. If their policy is to not provide a second line, it means it doesn’t have enough network capabilities in the street. The solution is to go with a second provider like COMCAST.


COMCAST should be re-evaluating what its business model is. When all the Cable TV providers started, their focus was that they were in the “entertainment business” and not in the network carrier business. In reality, they were building a network infrastructure.

Today, with that network infrastructure in place, they should be re-thinking on what they want to sell as services. They may need a shake-up of executives who are too tunnel-focused to the cable TV market.

Having a second line come in from a totally separate carrier and network topography, creates a strong resiliency for mission critical applications. You can get this at the household level in almost all cases.

99% of the commercial buildings are still in the horse-and-buggy days of having one main connection to one central office of the phone company for connectivity. Corporate tenants who have mission critical applications should be using more than one network access point for their core business applications.

It is time to move forward from the horse-and-buggy days and start adding redundancy to all networks that carry any applications that you consider mission critical. If you work from home, that connection to your customer base is mission critical. Do you have network redundancy in place? You should.

CARLINI-ISM: If you have mission critical applications, you should be connected to two separate network carriers to avoid a single point-of-failure.

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2014 is a year that commemorates a lot of historical breakthroughs and global events. It is unfortunate that many who are in their 20s and 30s are absolutely clueless to these major events. Why? Public education seems to have failed miserably.


Ask someone under 40 what year “the Great War started? You might be surprised – and shocked – with the answers. It is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War Continue reading


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The Internet should not be looked at as a tollway. Some want to change the Information Superhighway into a bureaucratic tollway which does nothing for increasing regional economic development, but does do a lot for impeding our overall global competitiveness.

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It is amazing the bad advice that is being pumped out by some writers who think they have a hip handle on “dealing with executives” today and they want to take a casually-written exception of an EMail and make it into a rule.

The latest article that tries to promote bad management form is one written by a writer, Kevin Roose, from New York Magazine.
See article:


Yes, if you want to “fit in” to today’s society, just watch Jerry Springer for the most accepted ways to live your life.

Smoke crack, have sex with relatives, and forget going to the dentist when you break a front tooth. Come on, let’s get real. Those are rare exceptions, not the rule of today’s society.

I felt the same reaction when reading this article about “strategic sloppiness” and writing a casual response to a CEO. What might be considered a “hip response” by one generation is looked down upon by others as inappropriate.

The other observations in the article seem off-base as well:
“We’ve known for years that the higher you are on the food chain, the more license you’re allowed to take with the rules of professional communication…..”

Really? Most executives set a standard and that standard should be met or exceeded. Taking license and bending that standard may look “cool” to someone observing, but try to send a sloppy EMail to an organization and see if you even get a response.

As I observed after reading the article: Are there exceptions? Sure, but try to emulate someone who is real casual in their CEO position and you won’t be taken seriously by those they have put in charge of their organization as executive gate-keepers.

Another quote from the article: “As the boss, you can make as many mistakes as you want.”

Believe me, if you start making too many mistakes, you won’t be boss much longer. Either you will be replaced by the Board of Directors or your company will go out of business, so that observation and conclusion is a little weak. CEOs who make mistakes should be kicked out and should not be given any golden parachutes for poor performance. You don’t reward mediocrity and you certainly don’t celebrate failure with a bonus.


Malcolm Forbes had a couple of good quotes that I always like to throw out for those trying to understand executive management. One was, “He who has the wheel, sets the direction.”

The CEO sets the corporate direction and steers the enterprise to reach that goal. Whatever he or she decides, will make or break the company. The CEO is in a very powerful and demanding position, but sometimes is not really tested as to their real skills.

Forbes’ other quote is much more revealing and critical, “Any fool can handle the helm in calm seas.”

Some CEOs who were blessed to be in a CEO position when all the planets were aligned and their company had great success in the midst of no obstacles or real competition, may not be as good as they are portrayed. They get washed away quickly in the first storm.


Okay, you find someone that has some quirks in their management and leadership style. It may work for them, but you are not them. Don’t emulate their quirks, because you will not pull it off.

In music composition classes, there are many rules and chord progressions you must follow. These were all set years ago and if you are composing something, you follow the rules.

Have there been exceptions to this, where a great composer broke the rules? Yes, but that is a rare, rare exception.

The same goes for leadership and management skills and their application to conducting business. There are an accepted scope of actions that you should emulate. Good writing and speaking skills are key executive skills.

Taking liberty to be a non-conformist to that management framework is like playing “A flat” when you are in the key of “A” with the rest of the band.

Is there dissonance? Yes. Is there a great shock value? Yes. Will you be looked at as a great virtuoso who is so more magically skilled then the rest of the band?

99.999% of the time – NO, you’ll be looked at like some out-of-touch moron.

CARLINI-ISM: Executive skills should set a standard. Don’t play A flat in an A world. Stick to the music.

COPYRIGHT 2014 – James Carlini


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It’s time for a total shake-up of AT&T executives who think they understand the market for high-speed services to residential customers. Take it from someone who worked at Bell Labs and got a ton of real network infrastructure training in the Bell System: Get rid of them because they do not understand what is needed in today’s work-at-home, telecommuter market.

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When it comes to leaving companies, employees should re-think their exit strategy. As I have said in previous articles, two-week notices went out with nickel beers. Unless you have mutually signed an agreement which specifies that either party must give the other one sufficient notice (30-days, 90-days) before terminating their association, giving notice is an option – not a mandatory requirement.

Recently, I had the opportunity to observe this first-hand. Instead of a two-week notice, the executive assembled a Summary of Tasks and turned that in with a letter of resignation.


Some people think that if they give a two-week notice, it will reflect greatly on them after they leave. The reality is – it doesn’t. When you give two-weeks notice, your employer could say, “Fine, this is your last day.”

You don’t get any “credit” for the two weeks you offered up as a notice. Some people think that if they offer a two-week notice, this locks in two-weeks pay, regardless if the company gets rid of you that day or not. It doesn’t.

Some Human Resource (HR) professionals will tell you “don’t burn your bridges”. They are only covering the company so that the transition is less abrupt, they are not concerned about your career.

Do you really think that if you were not recognized for the work you did for the organization for the last three, five, ten years (pick a length), that you will be given some platinum recommendation after you leave?

If you were recognized for the work you did, chances are, you would not be leaving. If an employer did not recognize you when you were there working diligently, do you really think you are going to get a glowing reference of recognition when you are gone for a year. Or, ten years? Wake up.

In a very recent departure of an executive from a large organization, the intention was that the executive was going to give some notice, but some issues changed and she gave a one-day notice instead.

Her performance appraisal was very high, yet when it came time for the annual bonus, the amount was severely decimated. This was over a year ago.

She went through proper procedures and talked to her boss about it. He never answered her question and did not really do anything in the next bonus cycle to rectify the shorting of the amount.

Anyone who is expecting a bonus and gets a significantly lesser amount should at least get an explanation of why it was cut back.
In this case, that never happened. So the question of giving notice was tied back to meeting with the boss about the loss of compensation.

Not taking action on this type of employee issue is a clear sign of lack of leadership. I challenge any HR “professional”, before commenting about the “inappropriate action of the employee of not giving two-week notice”, to be as quick and as judgmental about the lack of leadership in the manager who did not follow up with any type of action or even an explanation of the cut in bonus for fourteen months.

In my perspective, the company did not earn any “special” consideration like a two-week notice, when it failed to address a reason for a reduced bonus, let alone rectify a bad bonus situation.


Most Human Resource professionals will tell you to write a short Letter of Resignation in order to formalize your departure. That’s old news.

What you should also be turning in, is a Summary of Tasks for Transition or a list of responsibilities that you have which have to be taken over.

In order to have a smooth and orderly departure, you should give your supervisor a list of the job responsibilities that you have in order to make sure someone picks up all the tasks.

In essence, the Summary of Tasks for Transition should be a summary of all the responsibilities that you have on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis for someone to assume responsibility for after you leave.

It could be a list of things ranging from daily review of orders coming in to developing and summarizing the weekly sales report to coordinating the monthly regional report. Anything that you do, review, compile, design or assemble, should be in this Summary of Tasks. This gives your boss, as well as anyone else, a clear road-map to assume your responsibilities. You should meet with your boss to discuss the Summary of Tasks and any supporting information that goes along with each line item. That’s wrapping up your tenure there professionally.

If you are the boss of the person leaving, you should be asking for this Summary of Tasks for Transition document because the job description that you have for that person is probably out-of-date and does not reflect the full scope of responsibilities that they have. Chances are, you don’t know all the tasks that the person is performing and you’re better off getting a list of responsibilities from them, than trying to think you know what they are doing on an everyday basis.

The document should be complete and reviewed by the supervisor and the person leaving before they depart. Then, the supervisor needs to assign those tasks to those who are remaining.

Sounds simple, yet most companies are more worried about two-week notices. One-day notices are becoming more common as people do not feel they should be giving two-week notices to companies that are not giving two-week (or more) notices to people when they have a force reduction, layoff or any other “euphemism” for cutting back on the organization’s headcount.

Those HR professionals who warn not to leave without “proper” notice because you are leaving your co-workers in a lurch have no insight on real world office culture. Chances are, if you are leaving because the organization is bad, your co-workers probably have one foot out the door as well. They might be mad that you beat them to the punch as to getting out of the bad situation.

Usually, they are more concerned if you can find them a new job in the company that you are going to.

CARLINI-ISM: When it comes to leaving a company, you’re mind is made up and you should leave quickly in good graces by writing a short and concise Letter of Resignation and attaching a Summary of Tasks for Transition so that your job responsibilities can be easily picked up and re-assigned.

COPYRIGHT 2014 – James Carlini


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Looking back at the year, I could have written about certain business milestones or technology advances, but I think we should reflect on the betterment of mankind by trying to revisit tolerance and acceptance in our lives. Going into 2014, we should Continue reading


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In a recent Forbes article, a book, Against the Smart City, was reviewed on its focus on the concept of Smart Cities. The article’s author discussed the perspective and the arguments made by the book. I tended to disagree with the Continue reading


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By no means am I an art expert or have some extensive collection, but I do have an appreciation for fine art and also had many relatives fight in World War II. Some say the art that was recently found in Munich was priceless. That might be a fair assessment of it.

I was always shocked at the looting of Europe of all the art treasures and then the lack of finding so many of them. It was an intriguing story to hear how they took both modern and centuries-old art and antiquities back to Germany as spoils of war and empire building. Art from Beckmann, Chagall, Klee, Matisse,and others all went missing for decades. Now, some have been found in Continue reading


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