CIO Leadership, IT Performance

CIOs planning for things you can’t control

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“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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Measuring and communicating the value of IT

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

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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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The Entrepreneurial CIO Part IV

Governance and operational excellence key. Start something new!

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“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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The Entrepreneurial CIO Part III

Putting innovation to work

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“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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The Entrepreneurial CIO Part II

Is innovation in your organization’s DNA?

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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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The Entrepreneurial CIO – Part I

Embrace a customer-focused game changer

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“This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship - the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” – Peter Drucker

 

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Are CIOs drowning in the maintenance pool?

Total cost of ownership key to IT modernization

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Last week I wrote a post titled Are you committing career suicide? that quoted liberally from Bob Evan’s recent thoughtful article in Forbes titled Career Suicide and the CIO: 4 Deadly New Threats.  In that article, Evans’ fourth deadly threat is “Surrendering to the 80/20 budget trap.” He describes

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Are you committing career suicide?

Four big things for CIOs to think about

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I recently attended an event with the CIOs of several regional companies.  During the social hour that preceded the evening’s program I engaged in a wide-ranging discussion with a number of these folks.   The discussions tended to gravitate to technical minutiae, operational problems or complaints, Rodney Dangerfield style, about the lack of respect they receive from their peers.  Several were in the budgeting process and talked of their situation more as victims than as leaders.  Now, to be fair, some of this was no doubt friends being candid with friends.

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The importance of knowing your one big thing

What have you put "in the box?"

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“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”  ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In 1985 Coca-Cola, facing increasing competition from Pepsi, decided to reformulate their classic soft drink making it slightly sweeter in order to better appeal to Pepsi drinkers.  The new product, called “New Coke” was a disaster.  It is frequently cited as one of the greatest marketing fiascos in history.

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The one thing CIOs need to know about time management

Goal and priority setting are key

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The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot. - Michael Altshuler

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