And I am not talking about the Olympics! There is a great article in August 2012 Harvard Business Review based on research from MIT about the communications in really great teams. I like it particularly because it reminds me of arguments that I had with my (prior) partner about how he said things rather than what he actually said. You […]
As Gavin left our meeting last night he said, with enthusiasm, ‘I didn’t know that BI could be so exciting’. He had attended a lively discussion about Business Intelligence in Utilities Companies led by Alexandra Gillies of Bord Gáis Energy based in Dublin. We had people who had gone partly down the road of BI and others who were just […]
Sitting on the train into London on a Friday, reading about the potential strikes on the underground and thinking about the future – as you do. Transportation into London can barely cope with peak hour traffic now, and we know that the Olympics is going to turn the difficult to the impossible. CIOs are starting to think about how they […]
What an experience! Most of us negotiate constantly with our families, our colleagues, our suppliers and our customers. But how different it is, when peoples lives and liberties are at stake. And as Terry’s story played out – his own.
Will Barnet and myself went to Dublin last Thursday…an interesting day to be in Dublin, but another subject, another blog. We hosted lunch for the members of CIO Connect and the subject was Enterprise Architecture but with a recognition of the current state of the economy. The role has really changed since the economic downturn. The EA role was an […]
Got your attention! We were talking about the need to be a radical leader at CIO Connects ‘Stepping Forward – How and when to be a Radical Leader’ event last night. The term has both positive and negative connotations. Mostly, as IT Leaders, we are seen as nerdy, staid, safe, detailed oriented and more words along the same line from […]
There was a time, in the good old days, when a CIO didn’t have to worry about contracts – boring things that the lawyers or the purchasing person takes care of. Not anymore. The implication of a failed contract can be a loss of reputation of all parties and perhaps an expensive, long winded and debilitating legal case, where all […]
Mergers and acquisitions are really exciting times. A new organisation to bring into the fold.
Many of our organisations are going to scramble to get the best second half they can, in what might be difficult or at least uncertain circumstances. How are we going to help them to achieve the best that they can?
Life is certainly getting more complicated with regards to the demands of increased security in an environment where people are demanding more openness and the tools that we have are encouraging collaboration.
In many organisations, Procurement take the lead in negotiating contracts. Sometimes in their effort to reduce the price/cost down to the absolute minimum they often sacrifice the very reason why IT chose a particular supplier.
One of the talents that doesn’t fall naturally to IT people, that of ‘selling a solution’ to the business. Like a great meat pie, it contains lots of good and worthy content. The issues are understood, the solutions are solid and they are immensely ‘doable’. But…and there is a but, depending on the audience, this great strategy may not have the impact that the CIO wants it to have.