While most of the attention is focused on the Apple tree, another tech company is quietly making its move.

I recently sat down with John Chen, CEO of Blackberry about the direction the company is going since he took over less than two years ago.

“Yea I’ve been there, this is 17 months we came in to turn around company, and we have a 2 year turnaround plan so we’re right in the middle of it.”  read more »

An Unfocused America


Earlier this week a drop in home sales led stocks to fall to their lowest level in seven weeks, a sign the economy remains in trouble. How can we turn that around?

John Chen is the CEO of Dublin, California based Sybase; a world leader in information technology and wireless computing. When Chen took Sybase over 12 years ago, the company was in deep trouble. Today Sybase is vibrant and just sold to German based SAP for $5.8 billion. But if we are to find future success, as individuals or as a country, Chen says it might be time to change our focus.  read more »

A Personal Investment


In today's tough economy sometimes your best investment is in yourself.

John Chen is CEO of Dublin, California based Sybase. A world leader in information technology. But early in his engineering career at another company, Chen was told he would never get promoted, primarily because he was Asian and had trouble speaking English. So he shelled out $2,000, his entire monthly salary at that time, to hire a husband and wife broadcasting team to teach him presentation and public speaking skills.

"It was a worthwhile investment, probably the best investment I ever made, but it's the willingness to do something different. A lot of people ask me to speak and I always tell people this is just about accepting challenges, don't accept stereotypes. You can do better and you should do better."  read more »

An Outside Office

Ever fantasize about ditching that nine to five desk job for a professional golf career, sounds great but you'll have to start working even harder.

At the recent Sybase Golf Classic LPGA Pro-Am I has the chance to play with some of the best women golfers in the world. During our rounds, I asked a few of them about their chosen path in life. Pro golfer Paige MacKenzie, who gave up a desk job following an internship says the constant travel can be grueling and there's a lot of personal sacrifice but she loves golf and the career it's given her.

Paula Creamer known as the "pink lady" for always wearing pink while on the course agrees with MacKenzie and has some advice for anyone looking to take up golf as a career.  read more »