CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Grand schemes and practical realities in IT

Is your organization (and CIO) inward facing or outward looking?

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Fri, 03/29/2013 - 16:27

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

How well do you really understand your company’s business?

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. -Albert Einstein

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Thu, 03/14/2013 - 22:16

Can you clearly and concisely explain your company’s business model? Can you explain your company’s revenue model or describe the regulatory environment in which you operate?  Can you describe your company’s various strategic relationships and how they are structured?  Can you describe your competition and the company’s strategies for competing in your marketplace?

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Making telework work.

Telecommuting is more than just working from home.

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Tue, 02/26/2013 - 23:29

Like many of you, I was surprised to see Yahoo’s recent announcement that employees will no longer be allowed to work from home.  The responses in the media have been predictably varied and, at times, harsh.  Yahoo’s rationale, at least the explanation I have seen, is that collaboration and innovation work better when people are physically together.  Fair enough, although one could make the argument that everyone doesn’t need to be together all of the time. That, however, is another discussion entirely.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

CIO peer relationships translate into better organizational performance

Companies in which the CIO has a strong collaborative partnership with peers in the C-suite perform better

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Thu, 02/14/2013 - 17:20
We all instinctively know that CIOs who collaborate well with their fellow C-Suite executives tend to be more successful, have longer tenures and enjoy a higher level of respect for both themselves and their organization.
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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

The joy of mistakes

Four ways mistakes can become CIO opportunities for growth

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:10

“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

CIOs planning for things you can’t control

IT leadership

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Fri, 01/25/2013 - 20:56

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.”

― Steve Maraboli


Late last year I had one of those strange coincidences that sometimes happen in life.  In one day I had conversations with three men with different jobs, in different industries, from different parts of the US all asking for my advice on the same issue, how to deal with a career situation that they couldn’t control.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Measuring and communicating the value of IT

How does your organization measure and communicate the value of IT’s contribution?

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Wed, 01/16/2013 - 22:47

This question is one I frequently pose to CIOs and other IT executives I consult with or coach as part of my executive coaching business.  Their responses vary from silence to confusing responses filled with jargon.  It is rare that I receive a clear and coherent response.  This tells me that few of us really do a good job of measuring and clearly communicating the value we provide in the language and context that our colleagues can understand and relate to.  Albert Einstein once said, “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough”  Too many o

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

The Entrepreneurial CIO Part IV

Governance and operational excellence key. Start something new!

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:57

“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

This often-used quote rings true to everyone who has undertaken the challenge of leading change. Entrepreneurial CIOs will find no exception.  Learning to thrive in a world of risk, uncertainty and continuous change is the price of entry.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

The Entrepreneurial CIO Part III

Putting innovation to work

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Tue, 12/18/2012 - 21:36

“Innovation is the next frontier for all CIOs, and now is the time for the CIO to prepare and take action.” - Vinod Baya, Galen Gruman, and Bud Mathaisel

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

The Entrepreneurial CIO Part II

Is innovation in your organization’s DNA?

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Thu, 11/29/2012 - 20:18

Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it. --Steve Jobs

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