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 […]
In many ways, talent has always been – and will always be – a critical area. Take McKinsey’s seminal ‘War for Talent’ article, which 10 years ago was one of the first calls to arms for leaders in the talent area. But now, more than ever, it is important to take an all-encompassing approach to talent. And that approach needs […]
I am always taken with counter-trend ideas and wanted to share some thinking I have been developing during the past few months. We have matured beyond seeing outsourcing as the “silver bullet” that we – or at least our CEO and CFO colleagues – believe it to be. In my work with colleagues on our forthcoming outsourcing report, it is […]
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.
At last Thursday night’s CIOnet event, we were joined by two guest speakers: Rob Gray, regional marketing manager at Google Enterprise; and Andrew Abboud, CIO at City University London. Over 40 CIO and IT leaders shared their experiences and had their questions answered on how to position themselves, and their organisations, to take advantage of social media. Andrew kicked off […]
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 […]
One of the most important things we all need to do as CIOs is to increase significantly our focus on managing the show. By managing the show, I mean paying attention to the impression that you, and your teams, create for IT and for your organisation as a whole.
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 […]