The Marginalization of Employees

Does your team and/or coworkers know they are important to the organization? How do they know they are important? Did someone tell them? Or…do they just “know” they are? Maybe a combo of both perhaps? Regardless of how, if you /your team / your coworkers feel important to your organization, someone is doing something right. […]

Using Anxiety to drive improvement

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. There’s a great video over on the  Enterprise CIO Forum  with Enterprise CIO Forum editorial director Bill Laberis describing how CIO’s can leverage the ‘anxiety’ present withing IT Staff today. The video, titled Leveraging the anxiety in your IT staff,  initially put me off…when anyone talks about ‘leveraging’ things like anxiety…I […]

On Fear

As you may know, I kadabble  in the stock market. BTW – Kadabble…that’s a word my friend Ron Roll created…its his word for ‘dabble’. I think. I’ve written about the market in the past.  See Stop Chasing. Start Focusing and How project management made me a better trader/investor for some of my stock market ramblings. […]

Rethink the “standards”

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. In the world of IT, we love processes and standards.  We’ve built certifications and standards and processes. For the most part, this is a necessary thing. Without standards, processes and ‘best practices’, it’d be extremely difficult to control what’s going on within an organizations technology realm.  Before I continue…that […]

An Educated Client Is a Better Client

This is a guest post by Elmer Boutin.  I read with great interest Eric’s post of January 31, 2012 entitled Do things when you should … not when you have to. I agree with what he wrote, and it really got me going about something I’ve been mulling over in my head for several weeks: […]

Watch out for the Gorilla!

I’m currently reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (amazon affiliate link). In one of the first few chapters, Dr. Kahneman describes the “invisible gorilla test” popularized by psychologists Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris. The test consists of a team of 3 people dressed in black and a team of 3 people dressed in white […]

Are you building an “order taker” or “solution maker” environment?

Dave Brock just published a post that resonated with me. The title of the post – Order Taker or Solution Creator – hits home in the IT world. In the article, Dave describes what he calls ‘order takers’ and ‘solution creators’. The order taker does a good job of working with clients to deliver a widget […]

Recovering from Outsourcing – A CIO’s Tale

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. In my last post titled Driving transformation with IT starts with transforming IT, I pointed out a nice video on the Enterprise CIO Forum of Canadian Pacific’s CIO Heather Campbell titled describing her work of transforms the Canadian Pacific IT function by focusing on the needs of the business (among other […]

Don’t let “them” tell you you’re wrong…

I ran across a very interesting article titled Why Gursky’s Photo of the Rhine is the World’s Most Expensive Photo that discusses a photograph…woops…”work of art” titled Rhein II by Andreas Gursky. This piece of art just sold for $4,338,500. Let’s take a look at this expensive photo…I mean “art work”: Interesting photo. In my […]

IT Projects – doomed from the start?

I just ran across an interesting research report titled “Doomed from the Start? Why a majority of business and IT teams anticipate their software development projects will fail” The report provides the results of a survey completed by 596 IT and Business executives with the majority of respondents being IT professionals (476 out of 596 […]