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How Pixar helped Jobs build a more collaborative Apple

The new Steve Jobs biography, <i>Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader</i>, promises plenty of fascinating tidbits about the life of Apple’s co-founder, some of which we’ve revealed here.<p>But the real thing I’m excited about, that I hope the book does a whole lot …

Why You Need a Strategic IT Roadmap

I have come across several companies recently who do not yet have an IT roadmap.<p>In each situation the technology leader has said they want to be more …

Project Management

Tech Trends 2015: The fusion of business and IT

The Role of Technology in the CIO’s Evolution<p>For years, technology has been changing while the CIO’s role stayed pretty much the same: Maintain …

Born To Be Digital: How Leading CIOs Are Preparing For A Digital Transformation

25-March-2014<p>Born To Be Digital: How Leading CIOs Are Preparing For A Digital Transformation<p>Digital technologies – including social media, the cloud, …

CTO’s Software Dilemma: Make or Buy?

The share of software in the total cost of machinery is increasing rapidly, thereby taking over the top spot from more traditional cost elements like …

Data Visualization: Insights That Cause Change

In the tech world in 2017, several trends emerged as signals amid the noise, signifying much larger changes to come.<p>As we noted in last year’s More …

Universities Are Missing Out on an Explosive Growth Sector: Their Own

Education is on the brink of rapid change that will create a lot of value for innovators. But still sitting on the sidelines? Those who make the decisions and control the purse strings at legacy higher education institutions.<p>One representative example: April’s Education Innovation Summit, where …

Strategy’s No Good Unless You End Up Somewhere New

Innovation isn’t always strategic, but strategy making sure as heck better be innovative. By definition, strategy is about allocating resources <i>today</i> to secure a better <i>tomorrow</i>. It is important, however, to understand the nuances and complexities of innovation as they relate to strategy. Here is my …

How GE Trains More Experienced Employees

Trainee programs for new recipients of bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees have been around for years. Each year, organizations race toward campuses and grab hold of the recruits they consider best for their talent pool. Once in the program, the newly minted graduates are rotated through various …

Strategy Is No Longer a Game of Chess

Legendary strategists have long been compared to master chess players, who know the positions and capabilities of each piece on the board and are capable of thinking several moves ahead.<p>It’s time to retire this metaphor. Strategy is no longer a game of chess because the board is no longer set out …

What Data-Obsessed Marketers Don’t Understand

Big data has become the X factor of modern marketing, the hero of every marketer’s story. But it’s a promise at risk of letting you down. You may be thinking that data will magically turn bush-league marketing into a winning “Moneyball” performance. But that’s an artifact of our big data obsession. …

How Virtual Teams Can Create Human Connections Despite Distance

In a recent Unify survey of knowledge workers, 79% of respondents reported working always or frequently in virtual teams, but only 44% found virtual communication as productive as face-to-face communication. The vast majority connected via email, phone, or conference calls even though 72% said …

The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

How did you feel about coming to work this morning?<p>I’m sure many factors influenced whether you felt like digging right in, but one of the most significant was almost surely your boss.<p>It seems obvious: Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, …

The Organization of Your Dreams

We have known for about 150 years that people who enjoy their work are more productive. That is to say high satisfaction is correlated with high performance. And yet many organizations seem to go out of their way to make work alienating, frustrating, and unpleasant. This is evidenced in the …

Doing Less, Leading More

Our first accomplishments as professionals are usually rooted in our skill as individual contributors. In most fields we add value in the early stages of our careers by getting things done. We’re fast, we’re efficient, and we do high-quality work. In a word, we’re <i>doers.</i> But when we carry this …

Five Signs that Your Mentor Is Giving You Bad Advice

Not long ago, I attended the “Forever Green Leadership Gala” in Menlo Park, a fundraiser for The Girl Scouts of Northern California. The event honored two women with impressive accomplishments: Noosheen Hashemi, who earlier in her career spent a decade at Oracle and was instrumental in its 1991 …

You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

Photography: Jared Leeds<p>As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is …

Hey, CIOs: In a BYOD world, your new job is service provider

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Anna Gordon/GigaOM<p>With the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices, CIOs don’t have nearly as much …

How CIOs and IT Teams Can Make IT Matter Again

IT departments are being marginalized by SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and the rest of the cloud-driven “aaS”es. At least that’s what some are suggesting, like Scott Bils at InformationWeek. And I’m inclined to agree, at least in spirit, if not in the specifics.<p>Highly automated IT services give end users …

Just Make a Decision Already

Strategic decisiveness is one of the most vital success attributes for leaders in every position and every industry, but few leaders understand where it comes from or how to find more of it. It is not surprising that picking one strategic direction and then decisively pursuing that direction are …

Four Tips for Better Strategic Planning

<i>This post was coauthored by Logan Chandler.</i><p>No great strategy was born without careful thought. That’s why the process of planning a strategy itself is an important vehicle for setting priorities, making investment decisions, and laying out growth plans. But for many companies, the activity has …

Keep Your Name Off That Layoff List

A very important meeting is held, and you’re not invited. At this meeting, a senior leader announces that since targets were not reached, 150 managers will be laid off, and the purpose of this meeting is to create a list identifying exactly who those people will be. The key question for you is, …

Apple hires Nike FuelBand designer Ben Shaffer; Cupertino's wearable can't be far behind

A month after after poaching fitness expert and Nike FuelBand consultant Jay Blahnik, Apple has added another former Nike employee to its ranks. Cupertino has reportedly hired Ben Shaffer, who served the sneaker brand as Studio Director of the Innovation Kitchen. In this role, Shaffer helped …

How Should Your Leaders Behave?

Anyone with responsibility for the performance of a large organization knows the value of effective leaders. Most of us are more than happy to invest in developing them. But even a cursory review of the management literature shows that there’s no consensus on how to do that. When fast growth …

Can Building Great Products Help You Build Great Teams?

Silicon Valley was built on amazing products, not on stellar leadership skills. In fact, veterans of some of the world’s most successful tech companies often look with skepticism, even disdain, on efforts to build strong management skills. The premise is that all energy should be focused solely on …

Personal Branding for Introverts

I had just finished a talk at a leading technology company when an engineer approached me. “I liked your ideas about personal branding, and I can see how they’d work,” he told me. “But most of them aren’t for me — I’m an introvert. Is there anything I can do?” What he didn’t realize is that (like …

Lessons in IT Innovation From Silicon Valley

Innovation is always infectious. But our recent research has taught us a lot about how management innovations can travel — in this case, from Silicon Valley tech sector companies known for their experimentation and agility in information technology (IT) management to the much older Bay Area …