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Archives for February, 2009


Instant Global Meeting – living “ON” the internet

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 27, 2009  |  2 Comments

This past week I presented to the global IT organization of Kraft Foods Inc. and witnessed my first global online meeting.  The company operates in more than 160 countries and participating in this meeting were IT people from India, across Asia, Europe, across the U.S.  While I was at corporate headquarters, via live meeting, three [...]

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Individual contributors of the world — UNITE!

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 26, 2009  |  5 Comments

Warning this is a bit of a rant.  Now you are warned. The term ‘individual contributor’ is making the rounds again as people are getting their performance reviews for 2008.  The term is unfortunate as it is often is used by managers as a pejorative term and ‘HR speak’ for someone who is not on [...]

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Death By Powerpoint — Tech is holding the gun

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 25, 2009  |  Comments Off

“How did he die?” the audience is huddled over an executive wearing a business suit and clutching a wireless mouse.  ”His brain exploded, at first we thought it was as stroke, but know we know better.” “It was death by powerpoint.” You hear the term a lot; you have probably had your life shortened by [...]

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Teach me the internet

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 24, 2009  |  3 Comments

It’s a question my mother asked me over the summer.  She had just had some major surgery and was recovering in the hospital.  The kids – were all over 30 now — bought laptop for her so she could send us emails, look at images we were sending her.  She had always known how to use email but [...]

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Steal this book! to get ahead of the leadership curve

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 21, 2009  |  Comments Off

Executives are starting to be bombarded with books on how they need to lead in tough times. One of the first is from the influential author Ram Charan, noted consultant and co-author of Execution (with Larry Bossidy). Charan has just come out with a new book, Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New [...]

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Enterprise Effectiveness – the theme for 2009

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 19, 2009  |  5 Comments

CIOs face multiple competing factors for their time, resources and attention. CIOs need to choose in 2009, as they do not have luxury of doing everything for everyone. CIOs also face a challenge in how do they organize and marshal the energies and resources of their people. In other words, what should the theme be [...]

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CIO tenure: being ‘on side’ is more important than ever

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 17, 2009  |  2 Comments

CIOs face a high-pressure environment to deliver results in an environment of tight resources and rising expectations.  One question, sitting in the minds of many CIOs is “how can I keep my job?” CIO tenure is a perennial issue and while current CIO tenure remains stable at around 4 years and 4 months the change [...]

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Which U.S. Presidents would make good CIOs?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 16, 2009  |  2 Comments

A little holiday hypothesis given that today is President’s Day in the U.S. also known as a bank holiday outside the U.S.  Now to the question. The President is a leader of the country (Head of State) of their political party, and more often than not of the people.  CIOs are also leaders in their [...]

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Tweet Home and 99 times out of 100 its no big deal

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 13, 2009  |  1 Comment

Twitter, Facebook and other social computing platforms are filled with people’s activities, what is going on with their lives.  Most of it is interesting and often you get to see the routine pace of others. Yesterday the routine became the extraordinary in a simple way. A friend of mine from College and I had just [...]

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The WHO – sages of change management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 12, 2009  |  Comments Off

Enterprise change is challenging, complex and fraught with risk. It’s the subject of smart people writing great books. And when well executed it’s the subject of legend. So why am I connecting change management to Mr. Daltrey, Townsend, Entwistle, and Moon? Simply because the WHO, despite all they have done for rock-n-roll have also done [...]

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