Monthly Archives: May 2012

Find Where the Value Is in Every Change

It should go without saying, but it bears repeating: not all changes that are requested are worth doing, and a CIO needs to have a rationale for saying “yes” to this one, and “no” to that one. For many, the … Continue reading

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What can Conductors teach Managers?

“In order to conduct the orchestra, you must turn your back to the crowd.” This statement was made in a client meeting recently, and it immediately sparked a heated discussion about the orientation a manager should take. Is their focus … Continue reading

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Is Your Change a Real Change?

It’s amazing how resilient basic IT organizational design has been in the face of change. From residual CIO offices (where everything is outsourced) still laid out as “the infrastructure maven”, “the solution delivery manager”, “the policy guy”, and so on … Continue reading

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Use Complements to Accomplish More

For several years canny managers have risen through the ranks by ensuring they had the support of people who filled in the gaps in their own talents. I have seen, for instance, one leader with skill in out-of-the-box, big picture … Continue reading

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Never Stop Building Your Team

There’s a company which has outperformed others consistently for years, through good economic times and bad. Not only has the company itself done extremely well, but as I looked into some of its departments I found the same “outperformance” gracing … Continue reading

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Are Your Portfolio Assumptions Wrong?

No matter how comprehensive the analysis of an IT portfolio is, the subsequent discussion and action planning is typically far more constrained. Typically, over 75% of the portfolio is “off the table” right from the beginning: no matter how much … Continue reading

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Rapid-Fire Risk Assessment

More change initiatives will turn on satisfying executives as to the risks being taken on (and the ways these will be managed or abated) rather than simply on financial business cases. I say this because the last few years have … Continue reading

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