Have you given up on your New Year's Resolution already? Surprisingly (or maybe not), February is usually when people drop out of their "New Year, New Me" mantra. Reality sets in, the gym feels a million miles away at 5:00 am, maybe saving money is overrated. It's easy to talk yourself out of the whole thing.
Our key mission at Beyond Impact is to focus on “Making IT Better” in every situation. This is not just a saying; it’s a way of living. One of the toughest things anyone can commit to is to try and make IT better wherever life takes them.
What I have observed about problem solving during my now approaching 40 year career in Information Technology is that people are often trying to convince others of an approach without ever presenting a problem statement. I've seen people go directly to the solution. Sometimes those people have included me. OK, lots of times it was me. Now, there can be a variety of reasons why this happens. I may have assumed that everyone understands what the problem is (Kalsa, whose book I am currently reading, correctly points out that this is simply guessing.) Other times there may not actually have been a problem, I just had something to gain by the solution being implemented. Sometimes I was presented with a task, to solve an issue, and I just wanted to check that one off my list, so I didn't bother to invest the time to fully understand the problem, so how could I state it properly. More to the point, in each of these situations, how could I possibly arrive at the exact solution?
Earlier this week, we hosted another in our series of Business Intelligence related discussions. We had a great presentation from BI expert, Teal Derheim, and the attendees asked a lot of wonderful questions.
It doesn't matter if you are the Chief Executive of a Fortune 100 company or simply Chief Executive of You, there are four things each of us can do to enhance our image, our brand, our effectiveness as an executive. According to John Maxwell, the first phase of leadership is leading you. If we are not incorporating these four attributes into our daily lives, then we are not as effective as we could be.
Thinking about this week’s blog, I found myself contemplating “what if I were still a CIO…”? What questions would be at top of mind? In some ways the questions probably have not changed much in five years but, the technology certainly has advanced in multiple directions.
Studies have shown that the effective usage of new technology is the number one driver for realizing value from IT. In most cases, many hurdles (or humps) must be overcome in order to achieve the goal of full user adoption. Often times these obstacles are obvious but remain unaddressed. Why? Because planning for change is hard — or, we underestimate their potential negative impact — or, there is cultural resistance to change — or, like Igor in Young Frankenstein we are in denial.