Mark McDonald

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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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Virtual Malthus

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

It summer time and so I thought I would share a thought that has been kicking around in the back of my head as I have been traveling around the world. This is outside the norm for the blog, but consider it a little summer reading. I would really appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks […]

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Managing accretive leaders and accretive change.

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

An accretive leader is one that allows individual changes to build up, one on top of the other, with little consideration of the cumulative effect of change on the firms.  Not every leader is an accretive leader but every organization faces the challenge of managing accretive change. Management systems have implicit incentives for accretive change […]

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There are no IT projects, only business projects

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 17, 2011  |  6 Comments

Yeah right! This mantra has been something we all have heard and may have said in response to the gap between business and IT.  The statement is used as a way for IT to define its way out of being a support function and into being a mission critical function.  The problem is that just […]


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Judgment workers – the next step beyond the knowledge worker

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 27, 2011  |  5 Comments

Modern business relies on the creation and processing of knowledge.   Peter Drucker and others recognized the role of the knowledge worker as being a central challenge of the second half of the 20th century.  Enabling, enhancing and extending the reach and power of knowledge and knowledge workers has been the foundation of the information technology […]


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Re-Imagining IT’s value in the enterprise

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 6, 2011  |  2 Comments

What is IT’s value?  How do you measure it?  Both are questions that constantly challenge CIOs and their C level peers.  IT value can be difficult to measure, particularly when IT costs are direct and financial while IT value is indirect and operational.  This has led people to apply indirect value metrics based on issues […]


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It is time to create more than a little competitive instability

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 23, 2011  |  Comments Off

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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Its time for the business to play for fun

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 11, 2011  |  2 Comments

There is a difference between playing for food and playing for fun.  I mentioned that analogy in an earlier series of blog posts as one of the reasons between the observed disconnect between the IT organization and the business.  The idea here is that the business plays for ‘food’ as they are likely to lose […]


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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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The CIO Edge — the soft side is hard. A book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 25, 2010  |  2 Comments

The CIO Edge provides a unique view on leadership. — the leaders.  Too often books on leadership either describe leader behaviors in abstract and academic terms or in self-serving prose colored by the author’s admiration for the leader. The CIO edge is different in that it let’s the leaders speak in their own words and […]


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