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For years I have written notes to Forrester clients about technology, business, and the future -- this blog will now carry many of those thoughts. Why "Counterintuitive?" My earliest mentor, Howard Anderson, founder of the Yankee Group, taught me that the most valuable analysis looks at the world in new ways -- questioning prevailing sentiment. I've got three "counters" in mind for this blog: 1) The lunch counter. I want to stimulate a commonsensical conversation about complex ideas -- in the simple language of the diner. 2) Counting. I will be surfacing lots of Forrester data that challenges common beliefs. 3) Counter...to the conventional intuition.

Thanks to one of my favorite diners in the world, the Peterborough Diner in Peterborough, New Hampshire

I will seek to serve four roles: CEOs, Chief Information Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, and Strategy Professionals.

This is a test. I aspire to originate valuable analysis and conversations at this blog. If not, I'll find a different medium.

George

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Welcome to the blogosphere, George.It's a rough place, but it sure is interesting . . .

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Forrester's already strong line up blogs just got stronger! Your blog is now on my RSS reader and I look forward to seeing your posts.

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Hey George, great start.Don't forget to tell us what music is playing on that jukebox at the lunch counter!

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George,Knew this was coming (through Karyl, who is a smart cookie) and I'm glad to see it. The "language of the diner" is brilliant, and I applaud you for starting your conversation with the right tenor. Welcome to the ride (even though I'd say you've already had more influence over where things stand today than you'll modestly admit).Scott

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GeorgeI'm glad to see our leader blogging. Great leaders are great communicators, and you're demonstrating just that.I'll be pulling up a stool to join you in this conversation, looking forward to it.Jeremiah Owyang, Forrester Analyst

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Hi George,I just returned from SXSW and meeting analyst Jeremiah Owyang was a highlight of the week.I am a consultant in NYC and count several major media companies and a couple of social media sites as clients. I could not do my job without the insights Jeremiah shares on web-strategist. I tell all of my clients that if they only have time for one web and social media strategy blog it's got to be Jeremiah's.Passing this on to you because I also always mention that he works for Forrester. It's because of Jeremiah that I am now familiar with other Forrester analysts like Charlene Li, Julie Katz and Peter Kim. (I attended Charlene's presentation at SXSW and thought it was very informative and among the best of the week.)I also now regularly view Forrester briefs and even accepted a call from a Forrester account exec. Until Jeremiah went to work for you I was unaware that Forrester was such a progressive leader. I really value your content and think you have built a powerful team.Great work! - THANK YOU! I appreciate it!!Kim

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George:I look forward to your blog entries. Can't wait to see what's on the menu. I suppose you'll be looking for good 'tips' ....jP

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George, 'Counterintuitive' is a great title. The question is what do you mean to inspire with it? As Chief Architect at ISIS Papyrus Software I have learned to trust my intuition more than anything. Unfortunately a lot that I read from analysts is counterintuitive to me but not necessarily more plausible. Do you mean to imply that being counterintuitive is being a deep, strategic thinker? Does intuition mean for you to follow the most obvious explanation? I am not sure from your introduction. I too question prevailing sentiments and even more prevailing visions - in the diction of the great Thomas Sowell - such as the unproven benefit claims of BPM and SOA. So can we discuss those in a counterintuitive way?