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Mark McDonald
VP Analyst
12 years at Gartner
33 years IT Industry

Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Fellow Emeritus in Gartner for General Managers Program. Read Full Bio

What is next, and what we do about it.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 18, 2020

Who knows, but every executive is looking for an angle to get in the right position for the recovery.  It is too soon to speculate on when and how the economy will come back. There is just too much uncertainty right now – May 2020.  As evidence, business leaders unwilling to provide forward guidance.  Governments […]

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Opening business activity is not the same as the recovery

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 30, 2020

This Georgia, Texas and several other states opened for business by relaxing public health restrictions on non-essential industries and stay at home.  The move is both positive and unfortunately a little political.  It is a first step, but it is not a recovery, nor probably the real beginning of a recovery. In the strictest sense […]

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Getting my hair cut, how it describes the nature of the recovery from the health crisis

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 29, 2020

As our attention expands to include thoughts of recovering economic conditions, here is a simple way to think about it.  We need a simple way as discussions of stimulus, monetary easing, essential industries, quarantines etc. makes it seem too complex.  In a way our move toward recover is as simple as this. I need a […]

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A to-do list for every company as it recovers from the health crisis.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 8, 2020

Everyone wants to know when public health restrictions will lift, and we can begin to resume economic activities.  No one knows for certain, but we all have the same basic list of things to do to move toward recovery.  The Wall Street Journal had a good article today about the public health aspects of the […]

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Gartner Releases a New Magic Quadrant

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020, Stamford CT. Today Gartner (IT), a research and advisory company  announced publication of a new magic quadrant.  “We are pleased to be able to announce, with this magic quadrant, that Gartner is bringing its cutting edge and deep market analysis to new areas,” announced a senior executive.  The new magic quadrant has […]

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Five ways you can waste a crisis

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 27, 2020

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”  The quote is most often attributed to Rahm Emanuel, former Congressman and Mayor of Chicago. What do we mean by waste in the climate of […]

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“Listen to me” — advice for building empathy, understanding and confidence

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 19, 2020

A long time ago in a career far far away, I received a piece of advice that makes a difference, particularly in times of stress.  Here are those words.  A simple reminder of how you can make people live up to their best selves. Listen to me When I ask you to listen to me, […]

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Non Obvious things that make it nicer to work from home

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 18, 2020

So you are working from home now.  I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.  Advice on how best to work from home abounds.  Here are some of the less obvious practices and tools that I find helpful.  Please add onto these in the comment sections with things that work for you. Remember […]

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The Next Digital Decade? Start with reviewing the prior digital decade

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 19, 2020

In the five years since I was away from Gartner, the world changed in ways that make the next decade qualitatively different from the past 10 years. We are entering the next digital decade, one where the rules of the last decade are challenged, new rules defined, winners and losers crowned. Gartner suggests that the […]

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The Amazon Management System – a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 5, 2020

This is a review of The Amazon Management System by Ram Charan and Julia Yang.  Ram Charan is one of a few top-level business thought leaders which sets a high standard for his books. Those prior books concentrated on advancing a thought provoking. This book is not like those prior books. The book is largely […]

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