Mark McDonald

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30 Rock Finale shows that it is hard to end on a high note, perhaps it is better just to move on.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 4, 2013  |  Comments Off

Last week I missed the series finale of 30 Rock due to bad weather delaying my flight by a few hours.  Good thing for HULU.  After watching the episode it became clear – wrapping up anything of any size or duration is difficult.  I will not review the final episode, which lacked originality, but use […]

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We are addicted to change

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 9, 2012  |  3 Comments

Change is a constant.  That apparent contradiction makes perfect sense and is the foundation for many business strategies.  But if everything can change and does change on a regular basis, then how does anything get done? Our acceptance of the need for constant change does not necessarily make us more adaptable, so much as it […]


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Can we do lunch? The importance of casual meetings

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 20, 2012  |  2 Comments

Building executive and business presence in your company is a concern of CIOs and IT professionals because it is important and hard to do.  This post is one in an occasional series about relationship building at the executive level.  The question for today is – If I want to build a relationship with top management […]


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Is the quality of executive sponsorship falling?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 6, 2012  |  2 Comments

Every business book you read says that you need to have ‘executive sponsorship’ for any major initiative.  Fail to involve the executives and you are likely to fail.  That advice has become so prevalent that it is almost worthless.  Getting executive sponsorship is not what matters; it’s the quality of the sponsorship that makes all […]


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What is the difference between remaking and re-imagining IT?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 11, 2011  |  6 Comments

CIOs see the need for change but it’s often difficult to describe the type of change required.  Without a clear description of the particular type of change, we too often fall back to defining change at the extremes. At the high end there is enterprise transformation where a firm tries to get itself off a […]


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Poke the Box from Seth Godin: a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 1, 2011  |  1 Comment

Seth Godin is an author who can take a simple idea that we all intuitively understand and transform it into a fresh call for action. Poke the Box is just such a book and something that is well worth the read. The book is an explanation and celebration of people who get things started — […]

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The three C’s of effective change adoption and how you keep them in balance

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 9, 2011  |  2 Comments

A while back I wrote a few posts about how the “Changing nature of change” and it discussed how traditional change management techniques were evolving in the face of new models and ideas about personal participation and responsibility.  Change used to be driven top down with the idea that if I lead enough, communicated enough […]


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WSJ Essential Guide to Management builds management skills on the cheap – a review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 16, 2010  |  Comments Off

Building business skills in IT is a consistent requirement for CIOs and IT leaders.  The term business skills is broad ranging including specifics about your company as well as broader management concepts that shape the executive discussion.  The challenge is one of time and money, as you cannot afford to send IT teams to get […]

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General support means no support

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 3, 2010  |  1 Comment

Executive sponsorship for technology related initiatives is a persistent need of CIOs and IT leaders.  Executive sponsorship is a key ingredient in change management activities.  Executive sponsorship is something just about every CIO asks for as part of the IT strategy. The reason I am bringing this up is that CIOs and IT executives ask […]

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Reflexive Reciprocity you cannot lead until you honor your followers

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 5, 2009  |  8 Comments

Leading beyond tomorrow requires more than managing change.  It requires building people’s ability to change and that is the difference between change management and change leadership.  One of the techniques for leading beyond tomorrow I learned from Michael Doyle who unfortunately passed away in 2007 and is the author of Making Meetings Work. Reflective reciprocity […]


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