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Why B2B Companies Need to Use Social Media, with Jonathan Wichmann

What are the 10 reasons B2B companies need social? 1. Break down the silos 2. Create a culture people value 3. Strengthen the corporate brand 4. Build lasting business relationships 5. Care about your environment 6. Let the crowd help you improve 7. Identify shortcuts in the supply chain 8. Spot and attract world class talent … Continue reading

The Question Every Project Team Should Answer

Many projects fail because they are launched without a clearly articulated reason why they’re being pursued. Exploring the four dimensions of a compelling “why statement” can improve a project’s chances of success. Source: The Question Every Project Team Should Answer Why Why Matters The why statement is a pivotal element in any project’s brand. Without … Continue reading

When an IT Project “Goes Red”

Declaring to your whole company that the project everyone is excited about is in trouble can be demoralizing. But it’s exactly what can turn things around, says a recent article on MIT SMR – When an IT Project “Goes Red”. They recommend: Focus on the upside of admitting a project is in trouble: You get more … Continue reading

Make Transparency a Core Competency |@HellerSearch @CIOMentors

Great article from Joe Topinka on bridging the divide between IT and other business areas. Well worth a read. He urges IT to “reach across the chasm” and not to wait for the other business areas to make the first move. He urges companies to think, act and achieve together. Click the link below or … Continue reading

Are You a Technology Expert or a Leader? @MarthaHeller @IfYouWillLead

“Most successful IT leaders recognize that as we grow as leaders, we must be willing to let go of our need to be experts. Expertise can change from an asset to a liability very quickly. There are three basic challenges that expertise creates for leadership growth. The first two involve simple capacity, and the third … Continue reading

Digital Business – the new reality!

We hear an awful lot about the new IT forces for change, often referred to a SMAC – Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud. We also hear that we are in the “Age of the Customer”, others also refer to the “Age of Context” and we are hearing a lot of hype about the “Internet of Things” … Continue reading

A Practical Approach to #ChangeManagement (Kotter’s 8-steps and beyond)

Many of my regular readers will have seen various references to John Kotter, Kotter’s 8-steps, and Leading Change across my various articles on Organisational Change Management. Its a very popular step model of change, that is commonly used. However, it does have limitations, one of the key ones is minimal mention of getting ready for change. … Continue reading

Don’t Commit before you Define – A Two Stage approach to #ProjectManagement #CIO

Why should I read this? This presentation describes a best in class approach to managing your projects so as to avoid wild guesses or assumptions that lead to inaccurate planning, disappointment, failed prtojects and damage to the reputation of the IT Department. Approaches similar to this have been used for a number of years by companies such … Continue reading

Corporate ITs Darwinian Challenge – InformationWeek – #IT #CIO

Great article from Information Week on the lack of evolution of the Corporate IT group. Their wise advice is below: 1. Realize that corporate IT no longer has a monopoly over the technology used in the workplace from personal use to SaaS applications and cloud service providers to outsourced services. 2. Understand that they no … Continue reading

Key IT Roles for Driving Business Value | IT Organization Circa 2017

Many IT groups have struggled with how to show they deliver business value. This is an interesting article that takes a slightly different look at this subject and focuses on the key roles that IT needs to play to accomplish this. Key IT Roles for Driving Business Value | IT Organization Circa 2017. The key … Continue reading

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