Hope isn’t a tactic either…

You’ve probably heard the old saying that “Hope isn’t a strategy”. I’ve written a few words on the topic of Strategy, Tactics and Hope in the past and have even talked about minding the gap between strategy and tactics. Most people and organizations understand – at least in theory – that they need a strategic … Read more Hope isn’t a tactic either…

Competing with Amazon

I’m a huge fan of Amazon. Over the years, more and more of my purchases have moved to Amazon. I’ve bought books, coffee, electronics, camera equipment and just about everything else you can think of.  They have everything…and they are cheap too.  Plus…..the whole free shipping (with prime membership) and no taxes makes it that … Read more Competing with Amazon

Stop Chasing. Start Focusing.

Most businesses are chasing. They’re chasing their competitors. Chasing their industries. Chasing their perceptions of their future as well as chasing their past. Many people within companies are chasing too. Their chasing the approval of their leadership team. Chasing the approval of their managers and of their peers. Some are even chasing recognition from their … Read more Stop Chasing. Start Focusing.

A story of a CIO, IT and Marketing

I heard a pretty good story recently.  It goes something like this: A new CIO joins the company. He’s not completely new to the organization but he is new to the role and a new employee. Previously, he’d been running a couple of projects for an outsourced ‘partner’ within the organization and had ingratiated himself … Read more A story of a CIO, IT and Marketing

Which IT project comes first – Legacy or Sexy?

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If you’re organization is like most, you’ve got a lot of legacy IT systems.   Most of those legacy systems require a lot of maintenance. Most of those legacy systems need updates. In addition, you’re organization has a ton of ‘sexy’ projects that need to get done. Projects like integration of social platforms.  Collaboration tools.  New … Read more Which IT project comes first – Legacy or Sexy?