Mike Rollings

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Employers ask for Facebook passwords but not social skills

by Mike Rollings  |  April 9, 2012  |  1 Comment

Lately there has been a lot of buzz about employers asking potential employees for their Facebook passwords. I heard yet another story about this over the weekend. While I don’t feel employers should be asking for social media passwords, this post is more about the irony that employers want social passwords but are not asking […]

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IT job postings ask for the wrong thing

by Mike Rollings  |  April 5, 2012  |  1 Comment

My report “Job Postings – Hiring for IT’s Past” published today on Gartner.com. This Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) report is a wake-up call for IT organizations because it shows that most IT organizations are hiring for the wrong requirements. In late 2011 and early 2012 we sampled current job postings in six major job […]

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i-i-i is about Focusing on the Individual and Not Yourself

by Mike Rollings  |  November 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

The “i” generation – not quite the selfish focused gang that was recently called out in the UK by its Chief Rabbi and noted by c|net’s Chris Matyszczyk. Like prior generational movements, this one too is misunderstood. The “i” generation is about the importance of the individual which is profoundly different than focusing selfishly on […]

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Fight inertia and resurrect entrepreneurs

by Mike Rollings  |  July 18, 2011  |  Comments Off

All organizations at some time in their history have experimented, gained knowledge, and operationalized it – experimentation is synonymous with entrepreneurialism. Entrepreneurs test many theories as they launch an idea. They are not afraid of making errors and learning from their mistakes. As they refine ideas and gain more knowledge through experimentation, they eventually reach […]

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A life out of control

by Mike Rollings  |  January 19, 2011  |  2 Comments

So many things in our life are governed by the idea that we can control the outcome.  Take strategy as as an example.  For years strategists have operated under the false notion that strategies were conceived, plans created and execution of the plan happened.  This resulted in an elite view of conducting strategy and the […]


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Invest in the new secret weapon: Humans

by Mike Rollings  |  August 9, 2010  |  4 Comments

A real return to prosperity and long-term growth will require a rebirth of business based on new rules for a new era. The interplay between social, cultural, and economic transformation accelerates the need for organizations to become agile, strategic, innovative, and effective. Yet organizations are doing little to develop collaboration, influence, perspective, integration, and relevance […]


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Applying Simple Rules without End

by Mike Rollings  |  July 8, 2010  |  Comments Off

Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules… which are repeated without end.  Benoit Mandelbrot I picked up this quote from a recent TED.com presentation by Benoit Mandelbrot.  Mandelbrot, of course, is the father of fractal geometry.  He used this statement to illustrate that the amazing variety within nature is an expression of a very simple building […]

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