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Archives for May, 2011


Why Good Companies Go Bad and How Great Managers Remake Them: one of the best books you may have never read.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 26, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

Donald Sull’s Why Good Companies Go Bad And How Great Managers Remake Themrepresents a clear and actionable examination of the core of successful business – the making, managing and delivering commitments.  The idea of commitment what they are, how they are made, how they work and how they can be used to transform the enterprise. [...]

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In the near future, doing your job may just be the way to lose your job, particularly for IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 25, 2011  |  2 Comments

What is my job? How do I/we create value in the increasingly global and competitive world?  What is my role in the whole?  These are all questions we face as individuals, teams, business units and entire organizations. These questions have a new and urgent meaning in a world of unprecedented choice where the supply of [...]

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It is time to create more than a little competitive instability

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 23, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

Competitive instability happens when one player in a market releases a series of capabilities that constantly change the terms of competition. In geo-politics, Ronald Reagan creates competitive instability via US defense policy in relationship to the Soviet Union.  Creating competitive instability involves creating a stream of discontinuities that exploit near term market opportunities and then [...]

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Obliquity – a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 20, 2011  |  2 Comments

Obliquity by John Kay refutes the idea that complex systems can be understood in enough detail to be actively managed no matter what the experts say.  John Kay’s point concentrates on the folly of control and the hubris of those who believe that they can directly architect, direct and dictate changes to achieve their goals. [...]

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A remembrance and a reminder for all of us

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 18, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

This weekend a dear friend of our family passed away. She had been battling cancer for almost a decade and it finally claimed her life. She, her husband and children live in our neighborhood. They are about the same age as our family and we all grew up together. Yesterday was the calling hours and [...]

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From Deterministic to Dynamic: changes that will require re-imagining your organization and its technology.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 16, 2011  |  2 Comments

The nature of business and therefore the nature of technology are changing in ways that alter the fundamentals of business and IT.  Now I cannot argue which goes first, business or technology change. The world is just too complex to provide a definitive answer.  It is clear that business momentum is required to drive a [...]

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Open Innovation Marketplace — A book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 13, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

The Open Innovation Marketplace is the book for people who want to really understand how open innovation works and what it means for organizations.  Innovation is a topic that lends itself to overpromising, over simplification and over reliance on advice that says – just do it right.  Bingham and Spradlin, founders at InnoCentive, give you [...]

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What should we call IT in the future?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 11, 2011  |  11 Comments

I was in a meeting last week where people were talking about the evolution of what we now call IT.  At the start it was called Data Processing, then it evolved into Management Information System (MIS) and now we call it Information Technology (IT) or Information Management (IM).  I would like to raise the question [...]

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Overcoming the achievement paradox

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 9, 2011  |  1 Comment

Last week’s events and the general reaction to them reminded me that for every achievement there is a criticism of that achievement.  Reach a goal and rather than celebration or satisfaction there is criticism and analysis from just about everyone, even your friends.  You should have done it sooner, you should have done it this [...]

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Your Boss just got an iPad

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 6, 2011  |  3 Comments

It has been a little less than two months since the iPad 2 came out, so now it is about time to begin hearing about people who just got an iPad. My boss just got an iPad. Those six words are increasingly being heard as the iPad and other tablets go mainstream.  As a card [...]

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