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Archives for February, 2011


The compelling power of positive culture

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 28, 2011  |  1 Comment

People talk about culture all the time, its importance, the need to build the right one, how you best fit in it, how important leadership is to creating it. People talk about culture constantly as if it was broken, a work in progress, something that they have but always can be better. Its like they [...]

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Should IT play for food?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 25, 2011  |  3 Comments

Wednesday’s post discussed the difference between people playing for food or playing for fun. The analogy applies to the difference between pro-athletes who play for food and college athletes and others who play more for fun. The idea expressed in that post was that food and fun are part of the IT/Business context. The question [...]

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Playing for food is different than playing for fun

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 23, 2011  |  10 Comments

People ask about the differences between ‘the business’ and ‘IT’ and what people can do to eliminate them. It is a great question and unfortunately a persistent one. Usually when you have an issue that people recognize and work to resolve but cannot, there are deeper issues involved. I think that this is a big [...]

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Book Review: The Dragonfly Effect, a good place to start for people who are new to social media

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 21, 2011  |  1 Comment

The Dragonfly Effect is recommended as one of the better books to discuss how social media works and to get advice on how to think about your own initiative. The authors focus the book on the application of social media to social causes, but do not let this focus deter you from thinking that the [...]

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How do you Re-imagine IT?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 17, 2011  |  2 Comments

Imagination creates new ideas based on asking what could be. Re-imagination opens new opportunities by asking what would be possible if? Its time to re-imagine IT, by that I mean that its time to recognize that some of the fundamentals of IT are changing and those changes open the door to new possibilities. Re-imagination is [...]

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Creative Destruction requires leadership: CIO Leadership

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 15, 2011  |  5 Comments

A message from our sponsors. The theme of this year’s Gartner CIO Leadership Forum is Creative Destruction. That sounds like a strange title for a leadership conference as on the surface it asks people to tear down what they have build. After all, isn’t leadership about building for future success and what about destruction, haven’t [...]

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Inflation, the time to think about it is before it gets here

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 10, 2011  |  1 Comment

Remember the global economy right before the global financial crisis? Oil prices were hitting nominal records, food prices were climbing and other commodities were driving resource-based economies forward. Inflation was nowhere to be seen, but it was suspected around the corner. Then the global financial crisis took away demand and seemed to drive us to [...]

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Looking for a great combination of iPad accessories

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 8, 2011  |  4 Comments

I have written about my personal experience with the iPad since its release in April. The last post I asked about great applications and you all recommended the Good Reader for PDFs and some other great tools. Thanks for that. Now I wanted to ask about the accessories that go with the iPad and its [...]

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The cloud is a cliff not a slope

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 4, 2011  |  3 Comments

In recent discussions with IT executives concerning the cloud an interesting thing has come up  – the nature of migration to the cloud.  In talking with executives many see their migration to the cloud as similar to migrating to other technologies.  The migration path is described as a slope with cloud technologies coming from zero [...]

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Hats off to the Tiger Mom and a masterful execution of cross media marketing

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 2, 2011  |  4 Comments

Perhaps the best example of modern mixed media marketing in recent history is playing itself out in the media. Last month the Wall Street Journal publishes an article in it’s weekend edition about ‘Chinese Mothers’ and touting their superiority to their Western counterparts. The article written by Amy Chua represented an excerpt from her book, [...]

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