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The "Six Month Rule" of Organizational Change – It's All Personal!

It is said, "All politics is local."  Picking up on that aphorism, I think it is equally true that all change is personal. So Much Known - So Little Followed! There is a substantial body of research and theory about organizational change management (OCM) dating back to the mid-50's or even earlier.  Most OCM findings [...]

Back From My Sabbatical – with Lessons from Rock 'n' Roll!

I'm pretty sure nobody noticed the fact that I was 'off the air' for about a month.  And I'm certain that nobody cared!  But I did feel guilty, and missed the satisfaction I get from blogging and from engagement with those that leave thoughtful comments or challenge my thinking. By way of explanation, [...]

Influencing Change In Your IT Operating Model

My last post, "Business-IT alignment - The Relationship Dimension" drew some interesting and even passionate commentary.  In particular, one frustrated commenter (someone in a Relationship Management role) pleaded, "What should I do? How can I influence to bring the necessary changes?" I've posted numerous times on aspects of Organizational Change Management (see link for examples) [...]

Business-IT Alignment – The Relationship Dimension

Much has been written about "Business-IT Alignment" over the years.  Alignment can refer to Strategy - the degree to which IT strategy and business strategy are aligned.  (This, of course, is both 'old news' and yet often not the case in practice.  And there's one school of thought that says there's no such thing as [...]

Innovation and Web 2.0 – A Compelling Relationship?

I had a very interesting and exciting week!  I was a speaker at an nGenera Senior Executive Summit, which drew about 60 top executives from mostly large companies - CEO's, CIO's, CFO's, HR and shared service heads, and even a couple of Lawyers and Platform/Brand managers.  It was an auspicious group - both in terms [...]

Design Thinking 2.0: Enabling Innovation with Web 2.0 – Part 2

In my first post in this series, "Design Thinking 2.0: How Web 2.0 Might Foster and Enable an Innovation Revolution" I summarized the concepts of Design Thinking and raised the question of how Web 2.0 might enable increased innovation.  (For an interesting perspective on Design Thinking by Business Week's Bruce Nussbaum, see his excellent essay [...]

"Branding" Your IT Organization

I love this post on Attraction of Identity from my kindred spirit, Russ Aebig. (And not just because he references my work on Business-IT Maturity!)   Russ poses the question: As an organization, who are you? What is your internal and external story?" Russ goes on to say: IT organizations typically are not oriented around branding [...]

Avatar – Blending "Hi Tech/Hi Touch"

Way back in 1982, futurist John Naisbitt authored the fascinating book Megatrends.  I especially recall my reaction to one of the trends - High tech, high touch - and the need to balance between technology and human interaction.  I recently caught a small segment on television about the making of Avatar.  (There's lots of interesting [...]