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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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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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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CIOs know a lot about sequestration

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

Today starts sequestration; the term for the ‘draconian’ budget cuts in the U.S.  The 6% across the board cuts to social programs and 8% cut for defense programs has been the subject of discussion, hyperbole, blame storming on all sides.  CIOs are familiar with the idea of having to manage in an environment of broad [...]

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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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The leadership traits CIOs see as significant for success. One of the ‘one’ questions you would ask of CIOs.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 6, 2013  |  4 Comments

As we developed the CIO survey over last summer, we asked you about the one question you would ask CIOs.  One of the questions you asked was about leadership skills or traits that drive their success. What are the top three leadership traits for CIOs of the future? CIOs responses were surprising more for what [...]

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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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What does it take for Executives to get behind social media?

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

“Why would I allow the inmates to run the facility?” was the response I received from one executive while discussing social media.  While this reaction is a bit blunt, its true that executives are skeptical of social media.  They have good reasons, particularly when advocates describe social media technology as creative, collaborative, dynamic, open ended, [...]

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What I learned from CIOs at the Gold Coast Australia Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2012  |  Comments Off

The seventh and final Gartner Symposium ITXpo completed this week at Gold Coast, Australia.   This completes a set of posts related to prior events in Tokyo, Goa, Orlando, Sao Paulo, Barcelona and now the Gold Coast.  The links point to what I have learned from these other venues. This is the second year of holding [...]

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