Demystifying IT

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In a recent “Movers and Shakers” article by Martha Heller titled “The Power of Metaphor“, Malini Balakrishnan, CIO of Building Materials Holdings Corporation (BMC) claimed that one of the most important roles that a CIO has today is helping the organization uunderstandwhat role the IT group plays. Balakrishnan is quoted as saying: “As CIOs, we […]

The Role of the CEO – Driving Corporate Culture

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I’m sure there are many definitions of a CEO out there. Plenty of people will say the CEO should be a leader, manager, communicator and facilitator.  Other’s might say that the CEO is the person most focused on strategy and the ‘future’ of the business. Investopedia defines the CEO as: The highest ranking executive in […]

Woe the CIO!(?)

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Talk to some CIO’s today and you’ll hear nothing but a pity party about how their role is no longer seen as ‘valuable’ to the organization. These CIO’s will point to the growing role of marketing and the CMO in selecting and managing technology systems and solutions.  These CIO’s will talk about the ‘good old […]

The Sidelined CIO

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The 2014 CIO State of the CIO Survey has some interesting data related to the role of the CIO. One of the interesting pieces of that survey relates to the idea that CIO’s are feeling as though they are being pushed aside. Nearly 30 percent of CIO’s reportedly feel ‘sidelined in their businesses as they […]

Are you avoiding risk or managing risk?

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I just read a great article over on the Mckinsey & Company blog titled “Building a bridge from CMO to CIO” where Matt Jauchius, EVP and CMO of Nationwide, describes his approach to working with the CIO of the company.    I encourage you to jump over there and read the article…there’s some great advice to help the CMO […]

Note to Self – Don’t say “Data Driven” Anymore

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Jim Harris just wrote a nice piece titled “It’s not about being Data Driven” over on his wonderful Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality Blog.  If you don’t have Jim’s blog on your radar, you should…he does great work over there. In this recent post, Jim writes about the difference between being ‘data-driven’ and using data to make […]

Dark Data & The Data Disconnect

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I ran across a blog the other data that used the term “dark data” when describing an organization’s data that is collected during standard business activities that never really gets used for any purpose other than its original purpose.  Dark Data is that data the gets created, collected, stored but rarely revisited for any purpose […]

Building Teams…just like making Granola?

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Ah Granola. That wonderful treat consisting of oats, nuts, honey and other assorted goodies like berries, bananas, chocolate chips, raisins etc etc. Additionally, granola can be a snack, a meal or a dessert…it truly is a force to be reckoned with. To make granola, you don’t need any special ‘tools’ or appliances. You just need […]

Tips for making good coffee (and building better teams)

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There are many ways to make coffee.   You’ve got your pre-ground coffee. You’re pre-packaged coffee. Whole Bean coffee.  Self-roasted coffee.  Instant coffee. And as many types of coffee, there are just as many ways to make coffee.  Drip. French Press. Instant. Percolator. Etc etc. For the purposes of this post, let’s look at three ways […]

Agree…and do nothing

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One of the fastest ways to build trust is to keep your word. One of the fastest ways to destroy trust and damage a relationship is to agree…and do nothing. How many times have you gone to your manager with an issue that needs to be resolved and you’re promised assistance but it never materializes? […]