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“The genius of leadership is its humanness and heart.” ~Lolly Daskal

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What is your new ecosystem?

The need for change is obvious. The CIO as change agent not only touches his/her own function, but also need make influence on entire organization and business ecosystem as well, it takes strategic planning, methodology and practice in orchestrating such transformation. This is a big deal. If the business isn’t strategic it will be impossible for technology to be strategic as well.

Define Roadmap: In fact, the required changes, at the most fundamental level, need be well documented. A clearly defined roadmap is available, and industry best practices are in place to serve as a framework upon which the solution can be implemented over time. The transformation to a more proactive service/solution delivery organization with repeatable management processes in place of the ‘crisis of the day’ leadership model, can be a reality, but only if the CIO is the proactive, visible and charismatic sponsor.

Optimize Process: Meanwhile, to compete, business unit leaders need IT to ensure the availability and reliability of their business process automation tools/technology, so their staff can function as efficiently as promised, back when they justified the tool purchase. In fact, many organizations have little insight into their cost structures and who is consuming the assets. They have no idea where they are spending their money on and often assume it is mainly being spent on items which are actually much lower on the list. Every IT finance group can capture costs but the challenge is to have visibility and traceability between costs and the assets consuming those costs. The leadership team needs IT to be the business process optimization expert for the company, to find creative sources for competitive advantages, to better compete.

Ask for Help: One of the first things a CIO must do in a transformation initiative of this magnitude is to ask the business for help. The effort will fail if the business units are unwilling to invest resources and accept a “period of pain” where service levels may be adversely impacted. CIO can envision themselves talking with business unit leaders, selling them on the challenges and the vision for the future. Will CIO be open to new perspective, willing to adapt the new skill set to the demands of evolving technology or adapt their role to the evolving business requirements for technology? Will CIO be learning agile to understand business ecosystem and connect innovation dot cross-functional, cross-industrial and cross-cultural border? It takes both attitude and aptitude.

As a leader, do you have more than two modes of operating?

Any great leader faces a multitude of challenges every day. Whether it’s communicating strategy, helping people through change, holding on to excellence in the face of compromise, or just navigating the leadership environment, there is no shortage of development opportunities lurking in each day’s schedule.

Les McKeown has worked over the years with leaders on all of the challenges above–and many, many more. But surprisingly, the skill that he sees more leaders struggle with more than any other is relatively mundane (but very important): the ability to work with their team as an equal. To be “merely” a resource, rather than the team leader.

As we’ve seen, many leaders can only operate in one of two modes–in charge, or not there. In other words, once they join their team (virtually or otherwise), the team instantly defers to them, and they take the lead.

Truly great leaders have a third mode: The ability to sit with their team without needing to be in charge, using their subject matter knowledge just the same way as anyone else around the table would. More here.

Is Twitter just for people who like to say what they ate for lunch?

Is Twitter just for people who like to say what they ate for lunch? Is it a useless tool for self gratification?

I don’t think so. Here is a great resource on who to follow for leadership ideas. Tom Peters is one of my favorites.

You Call That Innovation? Maybe it is just change management

February 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Everybody is on the innovation bandwagon. It is the “buzzword” of the year. Unless what we are talking about is disruptive, we are probably talking about monumental change and change management. This may be the “elephant in the C-Suite” but it is an elephant none the less.

Got innovation? Just about every company says it does.

Companies throw the term “innovation” around but that doesn’t mean they are actually changing anything monumental. Leslie Kwoh reports on digits. 

Businesses throw around the term to show they’re on the cutting edge of everything from technology and medicine to snacks and cosmetics. Companies are touting chief innovation officers, innovation teams, innovation strategies and even innovation days.

But that doesn’t mean the companies are actually doing any innovating. Instead they are using the word to convey monumental change when the progress they’re describing is quite ordinary.

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Guest blog: Vinay Nadig – Have you checked on the health of your Operating System lately?

November 14, 2012 4 comments

Vinay Nadig is my guest blogger today. Vinay’s mission in life is to help people practice leadership as a daily behavior and enable themselves and their teams to achieve exceptional outcomes.

Vinay has spent more than 2 decades building companies, delivering value, serving clients, sometimes failing and ultimately succeeding on his own terms.  From a serial entrepreneur, to the leader of a business unit in a corporation, and entrepreneurial positions in technology startups, Vinay constantly “lives leadership daily.”   Vinay is usually engaged with a select group of client companies, doing meaningful work to help them grow the next generation of leaders.  On occasion, he works with motivated individuals who wish to take their performance to the next level and live exceptional lives.  He enjoys speaking at conferences and company events and discussing his opinions on his blog.

Vinay lives in the Dallas, TX area with his wife and two children. Here are his thoughts.

Have you checked on the health of your Operating System lately?

i.e. Your Core Operating System – the “software” that helps your leadership behavior…..

No, I don’t mean your version of Windows or Macintosh or Ubuntu.  I am listening to Daniel Pink’s Drive on audio, and he talks about the “operating system” for motivation (and the fact that it is outdated to fit today’s workplace).  It is fascinating and provoked me to apply it to the area of my particular passion – that of daily leadership behavior.

I believe that each of us has to design, build and polish our Cores – and the concept of Operating Systems (OS) fits right into this!  What kind of Core have we built? Do we think it is sufficiently refreshed to keep us relevant today?  Are there parts missing?  To wit:

  • Is your Operating System Open Source or Commerical? – {Are you in this for purely monetary rewards or a longer term sustainable objective? Listen, be honest – both models obviously work in the computer industry}.
  • Does your Operating System perform fast and reliably under peak loads? – {Do you have a Core set of competencies that you rely on to execute at exceptional levels, especially under pressure?}.
  • Does your Operating System support a large number of applications? – {Do you know how to enable, rather than direct and control?  Do you know how to play well with others?}.
  • Does your Operating System try to occupy a lot of space and features and try to gobble up single feature tools? – {Are you able to rely on your peers//teams//bosses and trust them to perform their roles as you perform yours?  Or do you have to do it all and always be at the forefront?}.
  • Can your Operating System be upgraded smoothly, with a minimum amount of loss to existing features and capabilities? – {Do you have the capacity to continue refreshing your Core, learning new skills, while retaining an unflagging Core?}.

So, take a few minutes and reflect on your Core.  You will be able to figure out that “upgrade path” as the technology mavens are always talking about – only this time it is your own internal “software”………

You can connect with Vinay:

Twitter:  @vinaynadig

Leadership Lesson: Compassion and Courage

November 12, 2012 4 comments

Compassion is a huge thing as a leader. It is lacking in so many cases today it is stunning. We hear a lot about freedom to make mistakes but what is the response if someone makes one, admits it and learns from it? As a leader, what is your response? Think about it.

Compassion International

So, what is courage? Can you lead from the heart? Do you have courage to forgive?

Courage is about connecting to reality and suspending judgement. As a leader, courage is about love. That is our mission. That is how we serve others.

“Without courage, compassion falters. Without compassion, courage has no direction.” ~ Eric Greitens

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