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The difference between HYPE and reality

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 1, 2013  |  Comments Off

How can you tell the difference between hype and reality?  This was the question the President of a Business Unit asked me in front of the corporation’s entire leadership team.  Answering this question was a matter of professional and credibility risk.  After all Gartner knows a lot about hype.  Gartner has been known to foment […]

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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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“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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The signs of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 18, 2012  |  3 Comments

Here is a prior post that generated significant comments to enjoy during the summer hiatus. I may get in trouble for this but here are some personal observations about management going on in companies.  This is all personal observation. Stress brings out the best and worst of people and organizations enabling you to see either the […]

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The Silent Crisis — when good people play bad roles

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 4, 2012  |  Comments Off

Organizations face a silent crisis when good people play the wrong role.  This crisis is different then Jim Collins’ admonition to get ‘the right people on the bus.’  That advice reminds organizations that hiring the best people and putting them in the best organizational role really matters.  The advice is obvious and to some extend […]

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The Silent Crisis – Management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 25, 2012  |  2 Comments

Organizations are in crisis and many are unaware.  Crisis in the sense that organizations are facing developments that will lead them to an unstable and dangerous situation which they all recognize, but few know why and even fewer know what to do.  The crisis is silent driven by its absence rather than the presence of […]

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Signs of weak analysis and advice

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 3, 2012  |  Comments Off

If information is power, then information is more equal than others. It can be difficult to separate the strong from the weak, particularly in todays modern media world where everyone is an expert and every media outlook is looking for a talking head. What follows are some examples of concepts, responses and way of thinking […]

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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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Hiding reality from your CEO — a sign of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 5, 2011  |  Comments Off

I was at a large conference recently and I noticed a very helpful ad hoc tool a team had developed.  The tool was a list of people and rooms taped to a wall so people could see where their peers were without having to stand in line and ask a coordinator to direct them.  Now […]

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Are you leaving your project managers stranded on an island?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2011  |  Comments Off

Project management performance and capability is a perennial issue among IT leaders.  Project management is critical to the success of IT and the organization.   Given the dismal rate of project success, one can call the competence of project managers into question. Just about every, conversation I have about project management centers on what is wrong […]

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