Mark McDonald

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Executives need digitally different thinking

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 14, 2013  |  Comments Off

Digital technology is on the mind of every executive from Sales and Marketing to IT and Operations.    Executives concentrate many of these thoughts center around issues of responsibility, authority and budget rather than looking at what is possible, profitable and the other potentials of digital technology.  It is a narrow mindset driven by the language […]

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Blaming sales or has sales technology outpaced sales management?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 22, 2013  |  2 Comments

There is much to talk about in last week’s news of the Free Fall in PC sales, IBM’s results and potential sale of its server business.  Coupled with prior misses at Oracle, Dell’s dilemma and HP, it is easy to describe these events as evidence of a fundamental and tectonic shift in technology. (Link to […]

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The Decision Makers: A book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 27, 2013  |  7 Comments

Business books normally concentrate on clarity, being concise and providing case studies.  The business novel, one that puts ideas into the context of a plot, are rare and too often devolve down into contrived situations, flat characters and preachy plots.  Not this book.  The best business novel around it Goldratt’s classic, the Goal.  Dennis Bakke’s […]

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“Steering your car via the gas tank”, when cost trumps strategy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 18, 2013  |  2 Comments

We have been living with cost control strategies for so long that it is easy to lose sight that there are other strategies beyond doing ‘more with less.’  Recently I have been in a number of meetings with executive team’s where despite their best intentions, they are leading their company via cost rather than strategy, […]

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Chief Digital Officer, What type does your organization need?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 12, 2013  |  9 Comments

Everyone is talking about the need for a chief digital officer (CDO).  The CDO role has come into fashion as a demonstrable sign that your organization is serious about digital technology.  The topic of what is the chief digital officer their role and responsibilities is full of energy and attention.  It is rare to create […]

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Artist and businessperson – a model for the 21st century executives, leaders, managers and artists

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 4, 2013  |  1 Comment

The other day I watched “The History of the Eagles Part 1 & 2”  a documentary on the Eagles, you know the band that brought is Life in the Fast Lane, Hotel California, and the Long Run, among other hits.   The documentary featured the standard story arch of an epic journey of Don Henley, Glen […]

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Which are the best opportunities for CIOs to connect with their C Level colleagues

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 22, 2013  |  Comments Off

There are many ‘reasons’ why the C Level colleagues of the CIO should pay attention.  Frankly many of those arguments about the power of technology, its strategic importance, etc. fall flat in the eyes of fellow C Level executives who have a tough time understanding the connection between technology and changes in business performance. Ask […]

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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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Antifragile: a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 9, 2013  |  3 Comments

Antifragile  by Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses important issues around resilience and how complex systems survive and thrive in a changing environment.  According to the author the fact that randomness, uncertainty, and volatility damage modern systems indicates that are fundamentally fragile.  Anti-fragile systems are ones that not only respond to these forces but also grow stronger through the […]

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2013 is the first day of the rest of the year, and the last time to account for the past.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 7, 2013  |  1 Comment

Today is the first full working day of the first full working week of 2013.  It’s a time when ‘everything old is new again’. New in the context that it’s a new year, new budget, new beginning.  I believe that an organization’s ability to renew itself, give it a fresh start and move forward is […]

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