A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt: Book Review

I’d selected several books to take with me on a recent family vacation at the Florida Gulf coast. I was frankly skeptical about A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, published by Amacom.  The social media domain is vast and I was doubtful that any book could really do justice to the […]

Motivation and Engagement – Why It's Often Lacking in IT Organizations and How to Increase It!

A couple of years ago, I came across a remarkable presentation by author Daniel Pink, and featured it in my blog post, “So You Think You Understand How To Motivate People!” It’s always been a popular post (and a great example of animation as a way to present ideas.)  I recently got around to reading […]

By |March 19th, 2013|Change Management, IT Management, Reading Suggestions|1 Comment

Reflections on "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" 38 Years Later – Part 1

(Note: This will be the first in a multi-part post).

I took the 25th Anniversary Edition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZAMM), by Robert M. Pirsig, on a recent vacation – courtesy of my Kindle.  I think this was my 4th or 5th reading over the last 36 years or so!  When it […]

By |November 29th, 2012|IT Management, Reading Suggestions|2 Comments

Deming's 14 Points Revisited: Part 2

This post picks up on Part 1 and examines the first of Deming’s 14 Management Points. As I said in the first post, I believe Deming’s 14 Points have great resonance in today’s economy, even if his original language seems a little stilted in today’s world of Tweets and sound bites.

Let’s take his first point:
Create […]

By |October 29th, 2009|Change Management, General, IT Management, Next Generation Enterprise, Next Generation IT, Reading Suggestions, Useful Tools|Comments Off on Deming's 14 Points Revisited: Part 2

Chris Brogan's 27 Holiday Gifts to Bloggers

Why don’t I use my blog to simply point to someone else’s post?  Many blogs do, but from my perspective, that does not seem very value-adding.  But Chris Brogan recently offered the world his “27 Blogging Secrets to Power Your Community.”  I found this to be such a rich and valuable resource, I’m going to […]

By |January 5th, 2009|General, Next Generation Enterprise, Reading Suggestions, Useful Tools, Web 2.0|Comments Off on Chris Brogan's 27 Holiday Gifts to Bloggers

Retiring Retirement – A Path to Business-IT Maturity

I’m increasingly invited to retirement celebrations for former and current consulting clients and friends.  They are quite distressing events.  First, the retiree is typically putting on a brave face, boasting about all the golf and fishing they will enjoy.  But often beneath the surface bluster is a deep-seated fear.  Sometimes they ask me if my […]

By |March 18th, 2008|IS Management, IT Maturity, Reading Suggestions|Comments Off on Retiring Retirement – A Path to Business-IT Maturity

Espen Andersen's "Technology Canon"

My esteemed colleague Espen Andersen posted today on The Technology Canon – “a list of books that you have to read to consider yourself knowledgeable – or, rather, educated in the classical sense – within a field.”  His criteria include, “the book must have stood the test of time, to be relevant even though the […]

By |February 1st, 2008|Reading Suggestions|1 Comment