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Takeaway #37 Keeping watch via #delasoul

I’ve found that it’s not wise

To leave my garden untended …

What to do when suckers are preyin’

On my well-guarded spreadsheets

Oh why, hell does it send up fleets

Of evil-doers through the big hole

To get to evil-doers who dig holes

Which leaves my lawn with lawn-chew

‘Cause we’ve come down with a case of potholes …

De La Soul      ♦     Potholes in my Lawn 

You need to be mindful of the core assets.  You have trade secrets, you have key personnel, you have formulas, market plans, customer lists and assorted protected assets.  These are not static, immutable items without need of active protection.  These are more akin to a garden that requires weeding, pruning, watering and maintenance.

A hundred years ago you put the items in a safe or vault and forget about them.  A few years ago you could have a computer password to protect them.  However the evil-doers are evolving with the technology and their techniques will leave your organization with lawn-chew and a perforated security system trying to figure out how you lost all the valuable assets that make up your intellectual property treasure trove. 

Accordingly, periodically review you protection system.  Consult and brainstorm about the maintenance and security measures you take.   Revisit the efficacy of your protection.



About codemizell

The Beats Per Management collective (“The BPM”) is curator for C.O.D.E Mizell and supports the repurposing of hip hop content for professional success. BPM consists of former Hip Hop junkies now living in the corporate world. BPM members carried milk crates of 12” records when “bpm” used to mean beats-per-minute for mixing music, now BPM members focus on Excel spreadsheets, legal briefs, power points, whiteboard-scribbling and business plans. BPM cannot shake the instant recall of Hip Hop lyrics. The good news is that BPM realized that these lyrics had application to its daily management concerns. BPM does not claim to have captured the true artist intent in its lyrical analysis, BPM seeks only to celebrate the role that hype-lyrics can play in the daily grind to get business done in the corporate world. This is not a glorification of urban pop-culture or a debate on the poetic merits of rap, we leave that to the literary critics and socio-political commentators. If you disagree with BPM send us your spin on the lyrics. We have an open mind, and hope you do. The “BPM Takeaways” dispense reminders for your business day. Hopefully, the next time a referenced-cut is heard on the radio, it will trigger your “Takeaway” and not just flashbacks to the music video. A quote-a-day will make you a better executive. BPM hopes to keep all advice short and to the point – Executive Summary Style. Technically the lyrics are “raps” and the culture of the genre is “hip hop” but lets not get overly technical -- substance not form that controls here. The point is you are putting that untapped knowledge to use. And to think they said that Hip-Hop would get you nowhere…puhhleasse. -Roscoe Waxx for BPM

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