Social – A Culture, not a tool

I had a conversation two weeks ago with a colleague who was taking over the social media, marketing and PR responsibilities for a small but growing organization in the consumer products industry. In this new role, my friend will be moving into a role of responsibility of all social media and engagement aspects for the […]

Solving today’s problem; creating more for tomorrow?

Over on InfoBOOM yesterday I wrote a post titled The Cloud and The Silo where I discussed one of the current challenge of CIO’s and IT groups today – that of non-IT groups going to the cloud for their IT services/applications. I’ve mentioned the topic before in posts about Shadow IT and the diminishing role […]

How do we “fix” Project Failures?

A few months ago I wrote a post titled Cognitive Dissonance & IT. From that post, you’ll remember that cognitive dissonance is: an uncomfortable tension caused by holding contradictory thoughts simultaneously. Cognitive Dissonance is everywhere in IT today, especially in the Project Management side of the house. I think everyone would agree there are a lot of IT project […]

Are we treating the symptoms, or the real problem?

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of knee pain.  For the last few months, its been constant and regular and seemed to get worse when I would spend a lot of time on my feet.  My initial thought was that my years of powerlifting in high school was finally catching up to me and I […]

On Change

I’ve been reading Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (amazon affiliate link).   If you haven’t read the book…check it out…some good insight into why people change…and why they don’t. The basic premise of the book is that most change efforts fail. Change efforts don’t fail just […]

Complexity & IT

Ray Ozzie is leaving Microsoft. After it was announced that he was leaving, he published a memo on his blog. The memo, titled Dawn of  a New Day,  is an excellent read. In fact, I’m in awe of people who can write like Mr. Ozzie can. While reading through the memo (yes…I read the whole […]

The missing links between CIO’s & CMO’s – Communications & Leadership

As promised in earlier posts (here and here), its time to talk about the two main issues that cause problems between the CIO and the CMO. In CIO’s vs CMO’s – what’s the real problem?, I looked at some of the issues that exist between CIO’s and CMO’s and wondered what could be causing the […]

On Value

If you don’t know, my passion outside of technology, entrepreneurship and writing on this blog is photography.  I’ve recently been spending even more time on that passion of mine…which is OK by me 🙂 Don’t fret though…I still love thinking, and writing, about IT and people One of the photography blogs that I regularly follow is called “A […]

Passion – The key to engagement for IT?

Passion. What type of emotion is evoked when you read it or hear that word? What do you think of when you think of passion? Do you think about your job?  The company you work for?  Finishing up the big project you’re working on? Or… Do you think about many other things outside of your […]

Good People…Good Processes

I’ve said before that people are more important that process. I’ve said it in many different ways and in many different articles.  After every article, I receive responses from readers similar to these: Processes are important. Processes drive the business to efficiency. Process drives execution. After receiving these types of responses, I always have to go back and […]