High Five Your Neighbor……It’s Time for a New Bus

August 23, 2016

A bus armed with explosives and passengers is traveling down a busy city street. The bus cannot be slowed down or accelerated or the bomb will detonate. The only way to save the passengers is to pull up a new bus alongside the old bus and transfer passengers one by one.” Most people will recognize this description as the movie “Speed.” What most people will not recognize is that this is also the strategy of IT professionals who are tasked with keeping the company running on an old IT platform while transferring employees to a new system one by one. In today’s world of talented, well-educated IT professionals, leaders are […]

Read the full article →

Perception is Reality, and Reality isn’t Always Kind

June 15, 2016

“You were not open to feedback. Not only did you come across disinterested in receiving any feedback at all, but you seemed disinterested in any clarity surrounding the feedback you were provided with. In fact, you came across quite strong, you came across as if you were ready for war.” I can still remember those very words, and I’ve had to reflect on them quite a lot lately. When I heard them, my first instinct was to defend myself and respond with, “No, that’s not how I came across!” And, while I didn’t quite give in to that instinct, that very notion was certainly projected through various nonverbal cues. But, […]

Read the full article →

Failure Is Not the Opposite of Success, It’s Part of It.

June 1, 2016

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time,” said Thomas Edison. Just over a year ago, I wrote a post entitled,“Life Beyond an Epic Fail,” in which I talked about three leadership principles you can engage to overcome a failure, ensuring it will not be repeated. Recently, though, I learned I actually overlooked something when writing that post. Thanks to one of my daughters, I learned how important it is to celebrate our failures. The old proverb says, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” but we tend to disagree. Most of us know what […]

Read the full article →

Innovation – 24 Hours of Undiluted Autonomy 

May 18, 2016

We often find ourselves saying, “If only I had the time, I’d fix this!” Though we create work-arounds for those items, or find ways to cope, we rarely take the time to implement true solutions to drive long-term change. This isn’t always as simple as it seems, but it’s important for any successful team to focus less on talking about problems, and more on thinking about and implementing solutions. Can this be done in the midst of everything competing for that precious commodity called time? What if we paused for 24 hours and attended to the neglected? What could we accomplish? True leaders know the key to success is to […]

Read the full article →

The Valuation of Value

May 3, 2016

As a CIO, it is often that I have to present the value-add entities that our IT organization is providing to the overall company. I talk about things like the amount of continuous connectivity the network team provides to our employees, the efficiencies provided through our software releases and the unremitting support our helpdesk provides. Those, and more, are things that can be quantitatively measured and displayed through reporting for our organization to consume and make their assessments.  Though these are critical extents needed to determine overall vision and direction, I recently had to ask myself, what methods of valuation need to be practiced to ensure individuals know they are […]

Read the full article →