Can Digital Enhancement Happen Amid IT Leadership Churn?
A majority of the CEOs, board members and business executives I speak with say they’re frustrated with both their IT leadership and their digital progress. Maybe it’s a side effect of COVID or a skewed sampling of executives I encounter, but even before COVID, I was hearing more and more exasperation with IT leadership. As […]Read More
What the World Needs Now – and Even More During the Pandemic: Chunkers
Over the past two years, when I’ve asked business, digital and IT executives what critical skill or talent they most sorely lack, I’ve gotten an unexpected response: It’s what several called “chunkers.” Not only has the pandemic increased the need for chunkers; it also requires a different set of perspectives and skills from these individuals, […]Read More
How to Survive the Post-Pandemic Age: Start with Self-Disruption
The current COVID-19 pause seems like a good time to assess what we mean when we talk about “disruption.” In my last blog, I suggested that much of the hype surrounding technology disruption was a red herring and that many of the usual suspects (Uber, Airbnb, Wayfair, etc.) actually reflect financial disruption within an industry […]Read More
Don’t Strategize for Digital Disruption When You’re Actually Facing Financial Disruption
Many years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing the noted CEO of a major, successful airline. At the end of the interview, I asked if he thought the then-new, innovative, low-cost startup People Express Airlines would survive. “That’s a totally stupid, irrelevant question – it doesn’t matter whether they survive or not,” he responded. […]Read More
If Senior Managers Are Struggling With Digital, Shouldn’t They Consider Executive Education?
Every executive interview I do centers around three themes: Digital capabilities are reshaping what a business can be and do. While these capabilities can make a major business contribution, they can also introduce unforeseen exposures if not done well and in a timely way. Digital represents an era change in both IT and the business. […]Read More
When It Comes to Digital, Consider Your Realization Horizon
As I meet with executives from enterprises seeking digital enhancement, many suggest that in order to achieve material value from new digital services, offerings and technologies, they need to balance two factors: the pace of the initiative and “the realization horizon.” My previous blog discussed pacing. From there, it becomes critical to utilize realization horizons. […]Read More
When It Comes to Digital, Pace Matters
As I meet with executives from enterprises attempting to be digitally enhanced, most agree on one thing: In order to achieve material value from new digital services, offerings and technologies, they need to balance two factors: the pace of the initiative and “the realization horizon.” The realization horizon is what you can hope to achieve […]Read More
Is Your Digital Carburetor Flooded? These Structural Fixes Can Get Overwhelmed CIOs on the Road to Recovery
Prior to fuel injection, carburetors in aging cars often flooded when too much fuel entered the engine prior to combustion. As I interview CIOs and other business executives, a common lament reminds me of the flooded carburetor challenge. The CIO, IT management team and business executives are simultaneously attempting to do the following: transform the […]Read More