Author Archives: Jack Eisenhauer

Jack Eisenhauer

Each new year offers an opportunity to reflect on your achievements of the previous year. At Nexight Group, the dominant themes of 2015 were growth, change, and fun. Operating a small business has its challenges, but it is always interesting and greatly rewarding. As I reflect on how our company

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Engaging CEOs to Solve the World’s Problems
Jack EisenhauerApril 7, 2015

Tackling today’s biggest challenges requires the public and private sectors to coordinate their intellectual and financial resources across multiple industries and disciplines. But even highly committed partners using the best collaborative models may find their progress stalled. The sheer complexity of the partnership or the inability to commit key resources

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Jack Eisenhauer

When the Oracle of Omaha released his 2014 letter to shareholders two weeks ago, investors parsed each word for some spiritual insight that would bring them wisdom and riches. But buried in his brilliant investment advice are important lessons on how to run a successful small business. I’ve extracted five

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The Future of the Electric Power Grid
Jack EisenhauerFebruary 17, 2015

The Department of Energy is in the midst of conducting a Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) to be released in September of this year. Its goal is to “establish a context and robust framework for the Department’s energy technology activities” that will help the Department to “accelerate the transformation of the

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A small article appeared this month in the Washington Post—What your company can learn from the rise of craft beer—that struck a chord with me. It pointed out that craft beer sales took off during the recession, growing 17.2 percent while overall beers sales fell 1.9 percent. This growth was

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New York State Utilities Explore Cyber Readiness
Jack EisenhauerDecember 4, 2014

Managing cyber risk is a top priority for many electric and gas utilities. Yet few understand all the technical, operational, business, and communication challenges in responding to and recovering from a major cyber attack on energy operations. On October 22 and 23, 2014, 120 representatives from 13 electricity and natural

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Last week, utilities from across the nation gathered in Charlotte, NC, to answer a fundamental question: Did the 5-year, $9 billion cost-shared investment in 132 smart grid projects make a discernible difference in modernizing the electric grid and improving reliability? That was the scale of smart grid technology deployments made

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Jack Eisenhauer

This month, Nexight Group has been particularly busy with facilitation at 10 separate facilitated meetings. Although Ross and I have facilitated more than 300 meetings and workshops during our careers, every facilitation we conduct requires careful planning, thoughtful design, and attention to detail. Facilitation takes lots of planning and practice

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Jack Eisenhauer

Tabletop exercises are the best way to assess your organization’s emergency preparedness without having to experience an actual disaster. They help validate effective procedures, build muscle memory, strengthen relationships with partners, and identify critical gaps in response and recovery efforts. Too often, however, exercises fail to take advantage of all

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Jack Eisenhauer

For the past nine months, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) has conducted a series of senior-level roundtables throughout the country to address one of our nation’s most pressing and vexing infrastructure problems: how to secure the electrical grid from physical and cyber risks. I

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