Cybersecurity In The Boardroom

Dateline: January 13, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Cybersecurity has become a boardroom topic now that executives realize how devastating a breach can be.  Recently, Information Management published an article, Why Cybersecurity Leapt From the Basement to the Boardroom, reporting that spending on cybersecurity is up about 8% … [Read more...]

Efficiency and Effectiveness: Managing to Get More Done

Dateline: January 6, 2017 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. To start out the new year, we've taken our one thought for this week from a recent Fast Company post about being more efficient and effective in 2017.  The article, This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack Still Works Like a Charm, describes a simple process for getting the right work … [Read more...]

Little Changes Add Up To Big Change

Dateline: December 30, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Many of us think of ourselves as a change agent--someone who sees things that need to be done, and does them.  But when the change is bigger than what one person can do, perhaps we are not so quick to take on the project.  Why is that? Recently author Ron Donovan published … [Read more...]

C-suite Involvement from Day One Makes Analytics Investments Pay Off

Dateline: November 25, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. This is the third (and last) quote from an insightful article by McKinsey consultants  Helen Mayhew, Tamim Saleh, and Simon Williams.  This week, our thought provoking idea from the article, Making Data Analytics Work For you Instead of the Other Way Around, is about C-suite … [Read more...]

Reducing Resistance to Analytics Initiatives

Efforts to adopt analytics upset the balance of power in the C-suite, and this shift often had a negative impact on analytics initiatives. Dateline: October 14, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. According to a study led by EY Principle Chris McShea, only about 1/3 of the companies in his study achieved their goals for their … [Read more...]

Rethinking IT for Simplicity

Dateline: July 22, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Recently, well-known CIO advisor and recruiter, Martha Heller, published an interview with Rich Richardson, CIO of Spirit AeroSystems, about managing complexity in the information systems organization.  What caught my eye was the focus on reducing complexity and the value of … [Read more...]

Hiring for Digital Transformation

Dateline: July 15, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Does your organization have the right people to take your business to where it needs to be in this age of digital transformation?  According to a recent article in CIO Magazine, having the right people on the bus is a major problem for many companies. The article, IT Talent … [Read more...]

Managing IT Human Capital in the On-Demand Economy

Dateline: June 17, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. The on-demand economy (also called the Gig Economy) has created numerous unintended consequences for IT organizations and their business partners.  One impact is redefining the way work is done and who is doing it.  Recently MIT Sloan School held their annual CIO Symposium and … [Read more...]

Finding Your Next Great IT Leader

Dateline: June 10, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Dr. Linda Pittenger, formerly a CIO, an HR Director, a consultant and now an Associate Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, shared with the Society for Information Management some of her recent research on traits that distinguish superior IT leaders from average IT … [Read more...]

Break Limits By Working With Those Different Than You

Dateline: May 15, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Fast Company recently published a through provoking reading titled, "Why It's Better To Work With Someone Who Is Your Polar Opposite."  The main idea is that in your work setting, working with those who are very different is healthy and productivity-enhancing.  Of course, you have … [Read more...]