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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Four things CIOs need to successfully lead transformational change.

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." — Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

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This timeless quote from Machiavelli sums up the world of many CIOs. Look at any of the many studies, research papers, opinion pieces and consultant reports on what makes a successful CIO and the ability to lead transformational change will likely appear among the most important “must haves” for success.

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Technology, Big Data, Services

Disney's Magical Big Data Idea

Big Data doesn’t have to be boring – or even all that big – as I found out at a recent event at Disney World.

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dlivengood

When I was asked to present about Big Data at a large HP partner event at Disney World recently, I jumped at the chance.

One thing I like to do when talking about technology is to tell a story that the audience can relate to. Given that this particular audience was made up of managers, technologists from different domains, other vendors, and sales people, I felt a bit challenged to come up with something.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Four questions CIOs should ask before taking on a new initiative.

What, Who, How and Why?

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In the work I do with entrepreneurs and start-up companies I find that they are frequently unable to clearly articulate their value proposition. We see this most frequently in the “pitch clinics” we conduct to help entrepreneurs prepare for business plan competitions or funding request presentations to venture capitalists.  They clearly understand their business, at least in their own mind, but have great difficulty clearly explaining it.  For instance, last year we had a young Ph.D.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

The joy of mistakes

Four ways mistakes can become CIO opportunities for growth

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“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein


In a study conducted several years ago, fifty people over the age of fifty-nine were asked a single question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” It was a simple open-ended question, but three answers dominated the responses.  These were:

If I had it to do over again I would reflect more;

If I had it to do over again, I would risk more;

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

For many CIOs it may be time to pivot

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jdobbs

“IT in 2015 will bear little resemblance to its current state. Many activities will devolve to business units, be consolidated with other central functions such as HR and finance, or be externally sourced. Fewer than 25% of employees currently within IT will remain in that unit as the function is unbundled.” --Shvetank Shah and Matthew Charlet, Corporate Executive Board, Wall Street Journal June 20, 2012.

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