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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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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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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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Subtle signs of how we hold the CIO back

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 3, 2020

If digital transformation is, in part, a technology transformation; then the CIO should play a major role.  Its simple logic, given the CIO’s responsibilities and resources.  Simple logic should create simple advice. When it comes to advice for the CIO, none of it is simple. On the surface we talk about the role of the […]

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Clayton Christensen, a great person and a great teacher

by Mark P. McDonald  |  January 26, 2020

Recently we lost a humble giant of strategy, executive education and good people. The Wall Street Journal on Saturday featured an obituary for Clayton Christensen.  I had the honor of meeting him and working with him very briefly a few years back.  That experience and reading his books has had a profound impact on my […]

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The three semi-official languages of the digital world

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 6, 2019

Last night I was asked to give a talk to a group of graduating MBA students.  I was looking for a topic to share that would be engaging and leave a takeaway that they could remember.   I hit on the idea of the different languages the graduates will need to master in their careers. Language […]

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