Thursday, 05 April 2012 15:30

10-Minute Executive Brief

So you've been asked to provide a review or summary for the boss' boss or even higher up. Top, middle or bottom... your rank is moot! You have been chosen for a reason. That reason could be technical, social, or political. The most important thing for you to know is that -- IT IS A BRIEF.

Prime Directive: Simple, simple, simple.

  1. "Today." Where are we now?
  2. "Tomorrow." Where are we going?
  3. "When in doubt - Leave it out."

Executive Reviews or Summary Presentations don't "win" or "sell" any more than a resume gets you a job. They are strictly informative -- purposeful and meaningful. These tools exist to create, focus, redirect, or kill interest. Make sure you understand your purpose and don't stray.

Published in News
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 15:44

5 Ways to Improve IT Effectiveness

Is the information-technology function at your company focusing on the same priorities as the business? Based on a recent survey by The Corporate Executive Board's IT Leadership Exchange, the overwhelming answer to this question is—No.

Through a survey of 150 IT departments at mid-sized companies, the IT Leadership Exchange found that 90 percent of CIOs expect that the IT department will be misaligned with business needs in an economic recovery, and more than half feel that this will threaten the business's long-term competitiveness.

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Friday, 20 November 2009 02:51

CEOs Fail To Support Data Security Efforts

[ed: IT is carrying the water and splitting the firewood, while business considers the lack of investment -- "risk management" -- it's all about money, politics, and time value. There is no real accountability at the top.]

More than half of IT and security professionals worldwide believe their company’s laptops and other mobile devices pose security risks to their organizations, and only half of them have CEOs who are strong advocates and supporters of data security efforts, according to new report issued today.

Published in Financial
Saturday, 04 June 2011 07:01

Change Begins with Desired Results

Your culture produces your results. If you need a change in results, then you need a change in culture. Your culture is always working, either for you or against you. To accelerate a change in the culture, start by defining the new results you wish to achieve. Everyone in the organization needs to be focused on and aligned with the desired new outcomes. Culture changes one person at a time.

Your people must believe that these new results are obtainable. Only then can they change their thinking and actions — something that usually happens when they can verbalize their job descriptions in terms of how they contribute to successful outcomes.

Published in News

In a survey by Gartner and ALM, Chief legal officers (CLOs) need to engage enterprise CIOs more.  Further, while CLOs voice consideration for CIOs as contributors to corporate strategy, they continue to lack fundimental understanding of how to use technology in the enterprise or how to interact with their IT departments.

"The survey results showed that communication is the key variable in the success or lack of success of the CLO/IT relationship," said French Caldwell, vice president and Gartner fellow. "When CLOs have substantive conversations with CIOs more than once a month, CLO satisfaction with IT is higher."

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Saturday, 04 June 2011 07:18

Company Culture is Linked to Bottom Line

Recognize This! – You can’t engage employees. You can only create a culture in which they want to engage.

An article in Knoweldeg at W.P. Carey pointed out the importance of company culture to achieving the company strategy – and the peril of ignoring that importance.

Why is culture so important? Culture is simply the shared beliefs, values and behaviors of a group of people.

Published in News
Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:42

Ogres disrupt the workplace...

Ogres can exist at any level in an organization.

Are you an ogre? Do you know an ogre? Ogres come from many backgrounds and can be any color, gender, belief system, or orientation. But ogres are easy to spot. What gives them away? Perhaps, it is the Ogres' lack of etiquette in the office place. Or is it the ogres' dysfunctional (or broken) ethical compass. Whether you are an Ogre or the victim of an Ogre, there are five Ogre specific disruptors of performance you should look out for that will negatively affect you and your stakeholders...

Published in Personal
Monday, 11 June 2012 19:36

Useless Business Jargon

The next time you feel the need to reach out, touch base, shift a paradigm, leverage a best practice or join a tiger team, by all means do it. Just don’t say you’re doing it.

People use jargon as a substitute for thinking hard and clearly about their goals and the direction they wish to give others.  Jargon masks meaning.  Jargon can mean different things to different people.  You might be saying one thing -- while your audience is hearing another.

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