Organizational Change

4 Simple Ideas for Great Leadership


By Martin McKern I’m fortunate to have worked for several outstanding leaders. I believe that the humility of exceptional leaders makes them hard to spot until you listen and watch closely for lasting results and personal growth in their teams. I have some simple ideas to keep my own leadership journey on track. My personal…

Can Ethics and Big Business Sleep in the Same Bed?

High Road, Low Road  - Road Sign with Clipping Path

When I think of big business, I think of oil companies and steel manufacturers. I think of companies like Enron. I think of the caricature of the Monopoly man amassing a great fortune without regard to the good of the people. Or the environment. Or the economy. I think of how much information Google has…

Do We Need a Mature GAP Analysis?


How many agree that the Scope for a business analysis has moved from the silos of applications to a strategic level. The boundaries of business analysis have stretched to greater ranges starting from the strategy analysis to business change management. The same was not expected from a business analyst a few years back. On the…

Keeping pace with future change


We live in an era of profound and accelerating disruption. The world is moving so fast nowadays that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it – (Elbert Hubbard) Many companies have had some tough years with recession, increased competition, changing consumer behavior, rapidly shifting technologies and emerging…

10 IT job roles that are hardest to fill


The IT job market is usually a seller’s market, even in tough times like these. But some IT roles are especially difficult to fill. Here are 10 jobs that typically send companies into fits when they need to hire for them. 1: IT trainer IT trainers play a unique role in the IT world, and…

Business Analysts: Choosing Sides


For the sake of this article, let’s set aside the obvious larger issue at hand: the silo-bureaucratic approach to IT rarely works well. So there they stand: two captains, multiple IT roles, numerous onlookers. The CEO flips a coin and the “business” gets to choose first. What happened next was unexpected. The COO shouts out,…

The science of civil war: What makes heroic strife


FOR the past decade or so, generals commanding the world’s most advanced armies have been able to rely on accurate forecasts of the outcomes of conventional battles. Given data on weather and terrain, and the combatants’ numbers, weaponry, positions, training and level of morale, computer programs such as the Tactical Numerical Deterministic Model, designed by…

5 Tips to Keep IT Outsourcing on Track as Global Providers Cut Staff


CIO — Are you prepared as global IT outsourcers shrink onshore staff? These tips will help you keep projects moving as offshore IT service provides cut back on the on-site staff that used to work as liaisons between customer and provider. If you’ve been sending IT work offshore for a while, chances are you’ve noticed…

We Need a Better Definition of Paperless


Network World — A literal reading of this survey question leads inevitably to a pair of correct answers: absolutely yes and absolutely not. The question: “Do you think the United States will ever be a paperless society?” Ever? That’s a long time, so my answer is absolutely yes; everything happens sooner or later. But a…

Top-Down Leadership Doesn’t Always Work in Today’s Complex World


There’s no single definition of leadership. Whether they opt to emulate Sun Tzu or Steve Jobs, project professionals should assess their teams and organizations to carve out their own leadership strategies, plenary speaker Andy Craggs told project professionals at the PMI®Global Congress 2012 — EMEA in Marseille, France. Mr. Craggs, a global business consultant at…