Mark McDonald

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Executives need digitally different thinking

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 14, 2013  |  4 Comments

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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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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What I learned from CIOs at the Gold Coast Australia Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

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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Effective alignment requires more than process and plans, it demands productivity and throughout.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 31, 2012  |  3 Comments

Business and IT alignment is a perennial issues facing executives.  It is one of reasons for misunderstandings, inefficiencies and frankly recriminations between technologists and business professionals.  Improving Business and IT Alignment is a constant part of CIO strategic priorities as shown by the CIO survey results.  Follow the link to participate in the 2013 CIO [...]

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Hacking Management: Final Report for the Gartner/MIX Hackathon

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 23, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

In March of this year Polly Labarre from the Management Innovation Xchange (MIX) opened the Gartner EXP / Management Innovation Lab Hackathon at the Phoenix CIO Leadership Forum.  Gartner and Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) have invited a select group of IT leaders to crack a key issue: How IT can help organizations become more [...]

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Laboring together is not the same as creating together

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 21, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

We need a new definition of collaboration because the one we all understand, the one supported by workflow technologies is not what we often mean. It is time to say collaboration when you mean working together and to find a different term when we mean creating together.   You can see this when you break [...]

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Enlightening Management requires moving back through the metaphysical to get away from the kind-a-scientific

by Mark P. McDonald  |  August 6, 2012  |  6 Comments

In an earlier post, I called for IT Enlightenment rather than an IT Renaissance.  Going back to classical roots, a rebirth is not feasible given the evolving nature and capacity of technology.  Rather than looking for a return to the past, we need an enhanced understanding of the nature of information, technology and human society.  [...]

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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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Consumerization compliments and completes the other forms of management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 29, 2012  |  1 Comment

The modern organization is a complex adaptive system.  We have managed that complexity through different combinations of organizational decomposition, process standardization and functional specialization.  A strategy based on managing big things by breaking them down into little things that are all the same and assigning specialized jobs has served organizations well from the time of [...]

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The Consumerization of Management, Part 2

by Mark P. McDonald  |  June 24, 2012  |  1 Comment

A prior post, describes the forces shaping the consumerization of management and driving a connected, open, information and innovation intensive workplace.  Those qualities go beyond traditional management with its focus on control, predictability, process and efficiency.    The figure below compares corporate and consumerized management.   Consumerization re-imagines the characteristics of management Consumerizing management describes a [...]

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