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IT Strategic Planning Failure

Strategic planning isn’t a guessing game about what the future holds.  It’s a way of explicitely stating what you and your team will focus on while implicitly agreeing to what you won’t. In this post, instead of discussing why some organizations...

Following the Money

Want to know what someone values?  Watch where they spend their money or time.  Regardless of what someone says, it’s easy to understand their true priorities. When managers give you your goals and objectives at the beginning of the year, there isn’t much...

Management Is not a Path to Leadership

Leadership and management are different.  One is not a sub-skill set of the other. In my view, so many corporations fundamentally confuse and conflate management with leadership.  Without spawning a great debate around the two, I thought I would summarize them using a...

Masters and Amateurs

Life is complex.  Sometimes we’d like it to be simpler – perhaps then we could get a grasp on why things don’t work out the way we want them to. But enough on life philosophy, now for corporate America.  As it turns out, the same truth pervades. ...

Setting the Direction – Part 3

Part 3 In my previous post, I covered the value of clearly articulating what an organization does and how it can be most often influenced.  In this post, I’m going to turn my attention towards setting the strategic direction. While strategic direction can often...