How BYOD Enhanced My Listening Skills

by Onyeka Nchege on July 15, 2014

In a previous post, I shared how the New-Now mindset often places IT organizations on their own Information Superhighways. One catalyst to the New-Now mindset is individuals wanting the newest, shiniest “toys” as they hit the market. A common request that comes with the New-Now is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) option where individuals ask to use their own devices on the organization’s IT platform. The thought of the possible security implications alone in BYOD are enough to make any head of an IT organization want to throw up an immediate stop sign. The most important thing I learned from our BYOD pilot group is often when individuals ask to use their own devices on their organization’s IT platform, what they are actually asking for is to be fully supported while using a device that they are most comfortable with. I spoke on this topic at the InformationWeek Conference a few months ago. Below is an excerpt from the conference.

The New-Now mindset has once again built a bridge that was almost unfathomable a decade ago due to the rigid infrastructures and policies many IT organizations had in place. In addition to teaching IT organizations that what is most important to end-users is to feel supported at all times, the New-Now mindset has also enforced the most fundamental point to IT leaders; listen to what people are saying. As leaders, the pillars that our decisions rest on are the feedback from our recipients and the feedback from our peers. Listening helped me to understand that BYOD has a deeper meaning than simply “Bring Your Own Device”.

Take Action: What are your business partners trying to tell you? Do you know? Rethink your position today.

Leadership on the GO…It’s O.N.


How Our Distinct Culture Defines Us

by Onyeka Nchege on July 2, 2014

American flag“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The United States of America Declaration of Independence, July 4 1776.”

It is that time of year when we celebrate our liberation as a country; when the founders of our great republic declared us to be an independent nation.  Our celebratory spirit during this time of year is a reminder that we reside in a place that was built on the foundation of all people having undeniable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  The Declaration of Independence is the original mission statement of our country and is the precursor to forming the American spirit we are known for.

Just as the success of our nation depends on upholding the declarations made in its original mission statement, many organizations, my current one included, build their foundations in a similar fashion.  Like many in our company, the mission statement of our organization helped in making my decision to join.  There are some very unique principles emphasized in our mission statement that are not normally found in a large organization like ours.  It is these unique principles that instill the distinct culture that sets us apart from other organizations.

The initial declaration in our purpose statement is To Honor God in All We Do.  This statement aligns with my own personal mission statement, which many have come to know as to give back a measure of what God has provided me with the sole purpose of “impacting others in a positive manner”.  Multiple times a day, as I face challenges and triumphs, I remind myself of my own purpose statement to keep me on the path towards my overall goals.

In addition to the powerful purpose statement of our organization, there is a subsequent listing of actions that our organization commits to practicing in support of our purpose and to reflect our values.  The first of these commitments is Be open and honest in everything we do.  It is commonplace for those who have spoken to me, or read my words, to hear me speak of the many rewards of integrity.  As leaders, integrity is our key to opening the door to trust, and trust is the basis of every relationship.  

Another favorite commitment of mine is Practice humility by putting others first.  In a prior post, I spoke of how important it is for a good leader to understand why sacrifice is important.  Self-preservation will only take someone but so far, because nothing of true value has ever been built by one person alone.

An additional commitment I like is Accept responsibility when we make mistakes and be quick to forgive others.  For so many of us, it is often hard to admit when we are wrong due to the fear that our competency will come into question.  It took years for me to see my mistakes as opportunities for self-improvement.  As leaders, we have to commit to constructing and maintaining environments where individuals understand it is more important to find a solution than it is to find who is at fault.  

The final commitment I want to touch on is Inspire and motivate those around us. In leadership roles, we are mentors, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to all whom we encounter.  As mentors it is our duty to ensure those we come in contact with are left with a renewed sense of value provided through inspiration and motivation.

As stated before, my mission is to “impact lives in a positive manner.  My daily reminder of this purpose ensures I will continue on the path to my goals with deliberate commitments to positive actions to support me on my journey. As for me and my teammates, our company purpose, principles, and values remind us of what makes Coke Consolidated a great company and place to work same as the declaration of Independence continues to be the measure of what we love about this great nation.

Take Action: What truths do you hold to be self evident? Are they self evident? Can you count on them to sustain you thru periods of unclear vision?

Leadership on the Go…It’s O.N.


UNFINISHED: 40 Lessons

May 30, 2014

Growing up I was an avid reader. I spent many hours reading primarily because my mother is an avid reader herself. I very much enjoyed reading for many reasons to include mental stimulation, stress reduction, gaining knowledge, vocabulary expansion, and building stronger analytical thinking skills. I will be the first to admit that over the […]

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The Truth Will Set You Free

May 30, 2014

I firmly believe the truth will set me free to be the best me I can be at all times. So I ask myself…what is your favorite thing about yourself and who you are? This may be an obvious answer to anyone who has ever read my blog before now, or to anyone who has […]

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Mobile Strategy: How and Why To Go Faster

May 29, 2014

Mobile Strategy: How & Why To Go Faster (via InformationWeek) Your colleagues want an information Autobahn, so buckle up and embrace the pace. The term “information superhighway” always reminds me of how I felt during a business trip I once took to Germany. This is the scene. I get into a Mercedes Benz S550 taxi… […]

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