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About alexford

Alex Ford is an accomplished entrepreneur, angel investor and executive. He has led Praetorian Digital, the leading online media company in the public safety and security market, as CEO and President since 2001. Under his direction, Praetorian has launched more than 30 websites, including PoliceOne.com, FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com and CorrectionsOne.com – all the #1 digital media properties in their respective markets – and brought together more than one million first responders to create the world’s largest network for public safety.

Quote: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you…”

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant.” – Max De Pree, Former CEO Herman Miller I came across this quote … Continue reading

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Quote: There is a tide in the affairs of men.

There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now … Continue reading

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6 Steps to Drive Innovation at Your Media Company

Innovation: it’s a necessity for anyone who is looking to grow their business in the rapidly changing world of media today. Judging by the recent ABM and Industry Information Summit I attended, at which innovation was a key theme, I’m … Continue reading

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Why B2B Media Companies Should Consider Online Learning

Originally Posted by FOLIO for my column on FolioMag.com. By Alex Ford As digital media has evolved over the past 10 years, one of the themes – particularly for those of us in the B2B space – has been the … Continue reading

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6 Things for B2B Publishers to Worry About in 2015

This article originally appeared as a two part series for Folio Magazine’s new Web site launch. For many, the New Year is about new beginnings, but if you’re running a media business, it’s about solving the problem of how to build upon what’s already … Continue reading

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3 Steps to Become a More Decisive and Respected Leader

As the leader of a company – regardless of the size – you’re always communicating. Sometimes that may be to an internal audience in front of your entire team or in a one-on-one meeting. Or, it might be externally to … Continue reading

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Now Trending: The Digital Media Company

The world of media has changed radically over the past 15 years. It’s expanded in scale and scope and has gone digital, mobile and social. And it’s gotten a hell of lot more complex. Traditional lines of separation between publisher, … Continue reading

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Tip: Focus on Nurturing Problem Solvers Not Solving Problems

If you’ve started a company or have been promoted up through the ranks to a management role, chances are that you’re really good at doing things yourself and controlling every detail. Early on in our careers, it’s often what makes … Continue reading

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5 Rules for Successful Partnerships

Back in the dotcom days, there was almost nothing as important as a good partnership and most start-ups spent a lot of time developing them.  At a minimum, a partnership provided a press release opportunity and demonstrated legitimacy and tangible … Continue reading

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The Art of giving Negative Feedback: Part 3 – Hone Your Delivery

As I discussed in the first two parts of this series, it’s critical to set the right context for delivering negative feedback as a manager and leader as well as build a feedback process. But even if you’ve done a … Continue reading

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