Ever since the publication, nearly two decades ago, of Peter Senge’s monumental bestseller The Fifth Discipline, we’ve been in the age of the “learning organization.” Executives have come to understand that for their companies to stay ahead of the competition, their people, at every level, have to learn more (and more quickly) than the competition: new skills, new takes on emerging technologies, new ways to do old things, from manufacturing to marketing to R&D. Gary Hamel, the influential business strategist, likes to say that one of the most urgent questions facing leaders (and thus their companies) is, “Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?”
For the past four years, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership has conducted an annual public opinion poll to determine the sector leaders in which Americans have the most and least confidence and the factors behind those confidence levels. The 2009 results have just been released and there are some pretty interesting conclusions.
First, the sectors where the confidence level in leaders are up in a statistically significant way over last year are the military, the executive branch and business.
Trinity Convergence, Inc., a leading provider of embedded communications software for developers of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and video and voice over IP (V2IP) end-points today announced it has received $5.6 million in a Series C funding round. The new investment, which was co-led by Core Capital Partners, Intersouth Partners and Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds brings total funding in the company to $16.1 million. The additional financing will be used to drive the companys sales and marketing efforts and to continue development of the award winning VeriCall Edge product.