Links for May 6 2012

  • The Simplicity Thesis by Aaron Levie on Fast Company

    Quote: When technology was inherently and unavoidably complex, it was forgivable that solutions weren’t elegant and simple. It was at one time understandable that finding and visiting a new doctor could take weeks, or searching for enterprise information wasn’t successful. But with a myriad of elegant and simple solutions entering the market, users are learning to expect far more from their products. Simplicity has become a virus that will either destroy you or catapult you to the front of the market.

  • The Social Power of Sharing Mistakes by Daniel Coyle on The Talent Code

    Quote: Mistakes are good.  Struggle makes you smarter.

  • Is Social Media Leadership Critical for a CIO? by Chris Curran on CIO Dashboard

    Quote: In an ideal world, corporate CIOs would blog compelling content consistently, tweet numerous times a day and chime into a few well-chosen LinkedIn discussions on a regular basis.  This would serve multiple purposes: help to engage his employees in the public forums, build corporate brand, build personal brand and increase the firm’s attractiveness to new recruits. However, that’s not realistic for most corporate CIOs. They are simply too busy. Just because a CIO doesn’t engage in social media we shouldn’t discount her opinions or direction on how to orchestrate social media initiatives in the firm.  You don’t need to be an avid ERP user to lead an ERP-driven transformation.

  • Reconsidering decisions by Seth Godin

    Quote: …failure to reconsider long-held decisions is just as wasteful. Should you really be in that business? Should this person still be working here? Is that really the best policy?

  • Barriers to Change: The Real Reason Behind the Kodak Downfall by John Kotter on Forbes

    Quote: As Kodak became more successful, complacency grew, leaders listened less to these voices, which made complacency grow some more. It can be a vicious cycle. It certainly was at Kodak. And if you don’t address it first… good luck.

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