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  • The real leadership lessons of Steve Jobs (according to his biographer)

    Posted March 26, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    The author of last year's biography on the late Steve Jobs says the Apple co-founder's career offers valuable leadership and management lessons.
  • Everyone is the new CEO of RIM!

    Posted January 23, 2012 - 11:33 am

    Lots of people have been talking for months about what a new CEO for the maker of BlackBerry should do. Now's as good a time as any to compile that advice into one handy guide.
  • Ballmer didn't kill tablets at Microsoft; the truth is much worse than that

    Posted November 3, 2011 - 12:00 am

    An expose of Microsoft's circular attempt at progress in the tablet market shows Steve Ballmer didn't make the bad call to kill Microsoft's tablet innovations; he asked Bill Gates and demonstrated himself to be short on both insight and independence.
  • Microsoft board: Ballmer 'Underpaid;' investors: fire him before we go broke

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Steve Ballmer has been CEO of Microsoft since 2000, and Big Cheese since 2008, as Microsoft dropped from Evil Empire to also-ran, seen Apple outstrip it in value and take the lead in markets that were always core businesses to MSFT, while Google took those that haven't.
  • Motivating a project team

    Posted January 6, 2011 - 9:37 am

    Want to motivate your project team? Forego the stick... and maybe the carrot too.
  • Want to be a project leader? Hone these 5 traits for project management success

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 4:06 pm

    Step away from that Gantt chart and start leading your team.
  • Want the CIO job? Be a business leader

    Posted September 10, 2010 - 7:28 am

    Carol Kline, executive vice president and CIO at TeleTech Holdings, has developed a reputation in her organization as an IT leader who is willing to take on the challenges that can't be handled by just one function or unit alone. Her advice for becoming a strong CIO: Take on risky projects, be a change agent, and ask for help when you need it.
  • IT management: How to create and lead a committed team

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 7:12 am

    Tips from Watts S. Humphrey, the father of software process management, for becoming a better manager of your projects, your team, your boss, and yourself.
  • IT management: How to lead an all-star team

    Posted March 10, 2010 - 8:46 am

    The experience of team start-ups is the gift that keeps on giving for any IT leader, and not just because they will employ the associated skills over and over again as they rise through the ranks.
  • Situation Analysis Part II

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    There are two common models for situation analysis: SWOT and PEST. These models help you answer the questions at the core of situation analysis: Does the proposed initiative move the company forward in its e-Business Readiness strategy? Does the proposed initiative expand the firm's competitiveness?
  • Leadership - Benefits of Virtual Business Processes

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    The concept of virtualization needs to be clarified. On the one hand there is hardware virtualization. Hardware virtualization includes servers, desktops, storage, data centers, etcetera – the physical components of the network infrastructure. Virtualizing at the physical level is a tactical maneuver. It is not a competitive differentiator, nor does it provide a long term, sustainable competitive advantage. On the other hand there is process virtualization. Process virtualization is strategic to a company. Improved business processes offer companies a highly sustainable competitive advantage by allowing firms to improve quality and productivity, lowering costs and freeing up resources to focus on innovation and adding value. Business process virtualization (BPV) also unifies the focus of the firm, whether the focus is on creating profit, monitoring and fulfilling consumer needs, growing the business or all of these areas.
  • Leadership - Value of Situation Analysis and Visioning

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 3:54 pm

    The next time your boss tries to fill your time with a project that does not support the bigger e-Business readiness strategy, ask a few of these questions.
  • Leadership - Defining IT Performance Measures

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Determining and establishing performance measures prior to a project's planning process assists in defining if the project was successful. Measurements assess whether the IT initiatives align with business strategies, ensure that the funding allocated was appropriate based on organizational priorities, and demonstrate that your investment produced the positive results you expected. What should those performance metrics be measuring?
  • Leadership - Funding IT

    Posted September 12, 2008 - 2:59 pm

    Establishing budgets and funding for company initiatives have to be some of the most challenging business discussions. It probably feels like every department is being squeezed to provide more toward the company’s growth with shrinking resources. This is where conducting business as an e-Business organization truly shines. Department leads need to focus on two critical areas: creativity and collaboration. Teams that collaborate across the firm obtain greater leverage of existing corporate knowledge as well as resources that exponentially improve each division’s initiatives.
  • Leadership - The Role of IT Governance

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 6:20 pm

    You are probably asking yourself: What is IT governance and what function does it perform in preparing a company for e-Business? The IT governance team is a subset of the overall leadership team. The governance team is a board or senior management responsibility, and IT governance is specifically related to IT. The team must carry the leadership strengths with it as it focuses on IT governance and aligning IT with business strategy. The IT governance team is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that IT initiatives and projects move the company incrementally closer to its goal of virtualization and e-Business Readiness.
  • Organizational Leadership - Preparing Leaders for Virtualizing the Business

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 3:34 pm

    Virtual business success begins at the top with Internet savvy leadership. What do you do, then, if after reviewing the leadership readiness questions you discover the firm's leaders are not ready to go virtual? This post explores a few of the most common hurdles of leadership readiness and how to overcome them as you build your business case for taking the firm virtual.
  • Leadership readiness for virtual business

    Posted September 3, 2008 - 9:55 am

    Organizational leadership in the virtual firm is fundamentally different than leadership in an Industrial-Era firm. Don’t get me wrong, the works of Frederick Winslow Taylor and Peter Drucker laid the foundation to scientific process management principals. However, these bellwethers were coming at business theory during the Industrial Revolution. Their focus was on improving assembly line efficiencies, the core of most companies in their era. Today we seek to improve the flow of intelligence: intelligence on supply chain, customer satisfaction, distribution, research and development, and other processes. Business processes and how they interplay are at the core of the virtual business.

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