- How to Use Communication to Establish Trust in Remote Teams by Celine Roque on GigaOm
Quote: With remote teams, we must know how to communicate effectively if we want to build long-term trust in our working relationships. We can do this by increasing our efforts in expressing our enthusiasm at the start of the project, keeping messages in a positive tone, staying focused on the task, and establishing a regular pattern of communication.
- If Julia Child Was A Management Consultant by Terry Starbucker on TerryStarbucker.com
Quote: She so loved what she was doing, and it showed. What’s more, while she was never afraid to poke fun at herself, she was always respectful to her craft, and to the process of coming up with fantastic and full flavored meals. And she could sum up her “recipe” for cooking quite succinctly:
- Unreasonable by Seth Godin on Seth’s Blog
Quote: Fortunately, the world is filled with unreasonable people. Unfortunately, you need to compete with them.
Quote: Your authentic self should be the basis of your leadership style. But, it is better to take a good hard look at who you really are before showcasing and defending everything that comes naturally. It is one thing to admire Jack Welch. But don’t kid yourself into thinking that your authentic self, unleashed in all its glory, is your key to effective leadership.
- The ROI of ROI: Does ROI Always Make Sense? By Jacob Morgan on CloudAve
Quote: I will challenge readers here to something similar, “I will admit the importance of measuring ROI if you will admit that sometimes it doesn’t make sense to invest the time and money into figuring out what the ROI is, the question is, when is that sometimes?”
- Instant IT Gratification by John Bauer on Midwest IT Survival
Quote: By “Instant IT Gratification” I mean the corporate culture where IT is expected to delivery what the business is asking for, how they are asking for it and when they want it done all without collaborative dialog. Contracts are signed without IT. Due dates are determined in advance and IT is expected to meet these deadlines without being consulted.
- If a document falls in Sharepoint, and nobody hears it… by By Michael Idinopulos on Socialtext’s Enterprise Social Software Blog
Quote: Social software adoption requires collaboration. Collaboration requires transparency. You can do all the change management and attend all the conference break-out sessions you want, but you won’t get adoption until you deliver transparency and agency.
- On Leadership, Teams, Success & Happiness by Mark Suster on Both Sides of the Table
Quote: It’s my belief that through exceptional leadership you attract great teams that do more than the sum of the parts. Nearly every company faces its crisis moments and only through the inspiration, focus and dedication of the leadership can you motivate teams to dig in deep and come out the other side stronger.
- Tony Robbins…greed…and you by Scott McKain
Quote: You have momentary margins but disconnected customers. You trade potential lifetime loyalty for the immediacy of pennies in profit.
- CIO IT budgets are stable, so why is everyone so interested in the CIO? by Mark McDonald on The Gartner Blog Network
Quote: According to CIOs responding to this year and past Gartner CIO surveys, CIO IT budgets remain flat and below their 2008 historical high. It will be sometime before CIO it budgets return to real growth. This creates a seeing paradox as IT suppliers project continued growth in the corporate IT market segment. So if budgets are flat, how can vendors continue to grow?
- Changing IT Mindsets From Deployment To Adoption by by Mike Gotta on Collaborative Thinking
Quote: As long as we equate project delivery with the end of the project – our frustration over time with “the new right answer” is going to follow the same cycle as previous techno-centric approaches. In many ways, what strategists and project leaders were saying is that delivery of the technology (e.g., blog, wiki, social network site, activity stream, micro-blogging) actually represented the beginning of the project from an organizational perspective
- Cloud Computing is Top Technology Priority for CIOs in 2011: Gartner By Jeremy Geelan on Cloud Computing Journal
Quote: “New infrastructure and operations technologies such as cloud services and virtualization … were selected by CIOs the most often and are the top-two technologies for 2011,” said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs, as the results were announced of the 2011 CIO Agenda survey by Gartner Executive Programs (EXP).
- Consumer Tech: A Next Generation Point of View by Elliot Ross on Strategic Technology For the Small to Medium Enterprise
Quote: If we allow our next generation point of view to be focusing on managing the experience in the creation and consumption of information within business technology, and reduce our attempts to completely manage the environment, we will be beginning to think differently about the application of IT services.
- A Four Step Process for Evaluating Risks in Social Business by Jacob Morgan on CloudAve
Quote: I just finished reading “The New Supply Chain Agenda,” by Reuben E. Slone, J. Paul Dittmann, and John T. Mentzer which is a great book for anyone interested in supply chain management. One of the chapters in the book talked about evaluating risks for supply chain initiatives and I thought the model they used makes perfect sense for the social business space.
- Five top concerns about cloud service providers by Laura Smith on TotalCIO
Quote: The cloud computing ecosphere is a noisy neighborhood. How can CIOs cut through the hype and choose the provider for their needs? There are almost as many questions to be asked as there are cloud service providers fighting for survival. Here, we look at five top concerns, with advice from IT executives deep in the trenches, as well as from industry experts.
- Reimagine IT: the 2011 CIO Agenda by Mark McDonald on The Gartner Blog Network
Quote: Its time to reimagine IT as business and technical changes require CIOs to answer new questions rather than just find new answers to old questions.
- How to Measure ROI On Branding Projects by Kathlika Thomas on IT Project Blog
Quote:…there must be a way to begin quantifying the return on an investment of this sort without having to go through what Macy’s experienced and from which they are still feeling repercussions at that location. Here are some ideas for putting together an analysis of the value of a brand initiative.
- Is Digitization Abetting the Jobless Recovery? by Andrew McAfee – Harvard Business Review
Quote: Technology is letting companies do more and more with less and less, and with fewer and fewer people. Automation, of course, has been going on for a long while now, but it’s picking up steam at present, and eating more deeply into the longstanding domains of things-that-people-are-needed-for.
- Are You Wasting Money On Useless Knowledge Management? by Ian MacMillan, Max Boisot, and Martin Ihrig on The Conversation – Harvard Business Review
Quote: Is your company investing in expensive knowledge management systems that are useless for making big, strategy decisions? Most companies recognize the need for knowledge management, but often delegate it to the IT and HR departments without linking it to corporate strategy, often thereby wasting both resources and the strategic options their firm’s knowledge could generate
- IT Budgets Flatline, As CIOs Take To The Clouds by Eric Savitz on Tech Musings – Forbes
Quote: Corporate IT buyers are finding themselves lured to the cloud, and for a very good reason: they think it will save them money.
- Without Integrity and Trust, Rewards and Recognition are Meaningless by Dan McCarthy on Great Leadership
Quote: At the end of the day, no perfect system of measurement, tracking, or scoring can overcome a culture that lacks integrity and trust. People can always figure out a way to beat a system. However, in a culture that’s built on a rock-solid foundation integrity and trust, the reaction when the winner is announced will always be “Well deserved, no surprise there, they really deserve it”.
- THE RESUME IS DEAD on The Minimalist Trader
Quote: Smart employers don’t care about what you’ve done – they care about what you’re doing NOW. They want to see you adding value or more importantly, creating value. Do you think a canned one-paragraph intro on top of your resume is going to tell your prospective employer everything they need to know about whether or not you may be a future superstar?
- IT in 2020: Will It Even Exist? by Thomas Wailgum on CIO – Blogs and Discussion
Quote: The question that lingers throughout the report is whether corporate IT, as we know it today, will even exist in 2020.
- Every Worker Is a Knowledge Worker By Evan Rosen on BusinessWeek
Quote: The terms “knowledge worker” and “manual worker” are no longer mutually exclusive. People loading product onto rail cars certainly work with their hands, but they may also contribute knowledge to the business. Dow Chemical (DOW) realizes this, and that’s why it shares day sales and inventory numbers with everybody in the company, including the workers doing the heavy lifting on the front lines. Dow recognizes that if people understand how their actions contribute or detract from business results, they will do a better job.
- Shifts, And The Consumerization of IT by Elliot Ross on Strategic Technology For the Small to Medium Enterprise
Quote: Technology leaders have been given a rude awakening that people can buy what are often better tools for the job than their IT team is willing to provide. Call it a shift to a new sense of empowerment, and now consumers have the power!
- Why CIOs Who Know How To Slow Down Do Better by Dr. Jim Anderson on The Accidental Successful CIO
Quote: As CIO one of your most important jobs is to get as much out of your IT department as is humanly possible. You’d think that that best way to do this would be to always be pushing harder and harder. However, researchers who have been studying this very problem have come up with a different approach that they say can yield better results: go slower…
- Experimental marketing: 1 out of 20 ain’t bad by Scott Brinker on Chief Marketing Technologist
Quote: If you think a hit rate of 1 out of 20 for marketing ideas is a poor showing, go Elf Yourself.
- Two Things to Remember as You Change the World by Mary Jo Asmus on Aspire-CS
Quote: Patience and perseverance. You must have both. Together, and at the same time. In this world I’ve learned that there are very few quick fixes, despite what you might hear from marketers. That cream that will get rid of wrinkles in two weeks or the diet that will help us lose 20 pounds in two weeks are fairy tales. So it is with most good outcomes – they often take more time than we’d like, requiring you to have a calm demeanor and firm determination.
- Tell Your Customers Why They Don’t Need You by Charles H. Green on Trusted Advisor
Quote: You probably want your customers to trust you. And you probably tell them the truth about why they should buy from you. You might think that’s enough for them to trust you, but of course it’s not. Oddly, what’s missing is telling them something about why they might not need you. Here’s why.
- Enterprise microblogging should be pay-per-use by Martin Jinssen on Business or Pleasure? – why not both
Quote: 2011 will be the year of rapidly increasing social monetisation – at least attempts are being, and will be made
- One Day the Cloud Really Will Be Big: The Economist by Jeremy Geelan
Quote: The article’s guesstimate is that “revenues generated by computing infrastructure as a service in 2010 may exceed $1 billion.”
- Three Tips for IT Success During M&As by Loraine Lawson on ITBusinessEdge.com
Quote: The article includes a slew of other valuable tips and information – including why Day 100 is so critical and how CIOs can become a key player in identifying potential acquisition targets as their M&A skills improve. For instance, the article notes that in companies with a flexible, streamline approached to IT, it’s easier to ascertain which deals are a good beat and which are not.
Happy New Year everyone!
- 2011: The Enterprise Resets by Aaron Levie on TechCrunch
Quote:…what would enterprise IT look like if all companies were afforded the opportunity to “start over?” In 2011, we might just find out. Other less destructive but incredibly powerful drivers for change are at work, and the coming year will be one of massive transformation in the enterprise.
- That’s not the way we do things about here by Seth Godin on Seth’s Blog
Quote: When you say this to a colleague, a new hire, a student or a freelancer, you’ve established a powerful norm, one that they will be hesitant to challenge.
- The News Feed: The ideal model for presenting news and information online by Andrew Turrell on UX Magazine
Quote: The predominant model for both the personal aggregation platforms and for mobile devices is the news feed. The magazine and newspaper layout was the mental model during the transition from printed to digital content. However, the news feed is native to the digital format, and is much more ideal for presenting digital content.
- Enterprise 2.0 is NOT Built on Technology – It’s Built on Engagement by Paul Hebert on I2I – Incentive Intelligence
Quote: Too often we hear and see pundits talking about which technology solution is best for Enterprise 2.0 – but the reality is none of them is effective unless you have engagement right.