72 Hours of Technology Hell
For the past 30 years, technology has thrilled and tortured us. It still does. Never turn your back on IT. The more you know, the riskier it gets. Five lessons on how to avoid tech hell.
What Would Your Successor Do?
That’s a scary question to ask yourself. But unless you do, your boss may decide to ask it himself. And that will be scarier by far.
You Can’t Cut Your Way to Success
If your CIO isn’t asking you for money, she’s not being a good soldier, she’s just not doing her job.
Why We Need More IT Leadership, Not Less
IT is getting easier to use but harder to manage. If CFOs without significant IT experience find themselves responsible for IT, their best days will be bad ones. But they can (and should) help IT change the way it functions.
Five Ways to Fix Your High-Value Jerks
Jerks get the job done but leave misery in their wake. Here are five strategies for managing difficult-but-talented employees, and what to do if they don't work.
Steve Jobs, Reconsidered
Mamas, don't let your children grow up to be Steve Jobs. His style of leadership produced misery as well as value. It doesn't have to be that way.
DIY Technology Projects: Threat or Menace?
Executives sometimes think they can meet their technology needs more efficiently by circumventing IT. That's almost always a bad idea, but killing the project can be worse.
What Can You Do When IT Threatens to Run Amok?
A huge IT project is rolling down the rails, hell-bent for disaster. What can you do to apply the brakes or switch to a safer track? An open leadership question for CFOs.
Four Strategies to Get More Out of IT
There’s a gap between IT supply and demand into which money tumbles, never to be seen again. CFOs can help close that gap (and rescue that cash) by leveraging their non-IT workforce’s increasing technical sophistication.
Walk Like a Start-up with Less Capex, More Opex
Take a hint from the venture capitalists (who reject business plans that include capital spending for IT) and focus on the product, not the plumbing.