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When my friend Jack Speer asked me to share my thoughts on IT Leadership as an article I immediately agreed. Delta Associates has been such a fantastic partner and resource for me over the last few years and I welcomed the opportunity to give back to them in any way I could. But then it hit me…with the volumes of wisdom that have been written on this subject, what is it that I could contribute that hasn’t been more eloquently stated before, a dozen times[…]
The Amount of time it takes for teams to get product out the door is your most competitive edge and ultimately the indicator of whether you and your team will succeed.
As in the iconic 1972 movie, The Godfather, every team you’ve ever been on begins with a wedding. It’s not just that the bride and groom are getting married–it’s the marriage of everyone on the team. The wine is flowing, the outfits are lovely, there is dancing, speeches and toasts. As a team member, it’s after the wedding reception is over that you have to keep the team relationship alive. There are few human experiences that produce a greater high than working on an effective[…]
“We’ve got to get the new product release out by Q3, but we can’t, because the product team is incompetent and no one will admit it.” “I know this design is horrible, but I can’t say anything because the VP of Marketing will explode.” “The customer will be furious that we can’t deliver this product when promised, but you can’t tell that to Sales or you’re branded a ‘nay-sayer.’ So we’ll just have to lose that customer, I guess.” I must … but I[…]
David Axelrod, hair challenged and rumpled suit, is President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor. He will never be elected President, yet he understands the science of campaigns and is a master counselor. When Obama has a serious issue, he calls past presidents and elected officials, but he relies on Axelrod’s advice.
It’s a classic scene of comedy. Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, asks the hotel clerk, “Does your dog bite?” Clerk: “No.” Clouseau reaches out to pet the dog, who attacks him savagely. Clouseau: “I thought you said your dog does not bite!” Clerk: “That is not my dog!!” It’s funny, because we all see it coming, and yet we don’t. It’s funny, because we’ve all been there a million times: Asking questions to get the information we need[…]
By Carol Kallendorf, Ph.D.
Jamie Dimon Had A Diamond Studded Career. What Happened? As a senior executive at a mid-size management consulting firm in an industry where scaling is difficult and uncommon …
By Jack Speer
They’ve Fundamentally Changed The Nature of Employment, Unemployment, Future Employment, and Markets The term “Robot” was coined in 1920 in the stageplay, R.U.R. In this story, the robots take over …