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Conversations with a CIO – Adapt to the local culture

cio insight My previous three blogs on conversations with a CIO have prompted a number of comments about CIO culture, language and location. Various readers responded with comments such as, “we are different here in Spain, France, etc.” Others commented on relationship barriers due to language and/or culture differences.  In addition, there were a variety of sweeping uninformed statements making stereotypical assumptions about differences in how European CIOs behave and make decisions – things like Southern European CIOs tend to be late to meetings and gesticulate excessively, whilst Northern European CIOs tend to speak English (over and above their native language) and are exceedingly punctual with no strict hierarchies between employees and management.  And of course the British are unique with their stiff-upper lip conservative nature, structured and methodical at all times.

How easy it is to stereotype people when you don’t bother to understand them – and worse, to act on those stereotypes.

What color will be your legacy?

There are a ton of business books published every year that describe how to lead, how to develop strategy, how to build companies that last, some that are good, some that are great and a few that are memorable. But nothing like a book that I had been meaning to read for a long time and just finished. Walter Isaacson’s biography of that mercurial, volatile, charismatic, reviled by some, loved by some and respected by all builder of the most valuable company in the world, “Steve Jobs”, rates up there among one of the best business books I have read. I realize now after reading this book, how I, as billions of other people on this planet, came to assimilate the genius of his thinking and evolve into a household that has adopted all Apple devices and a has become a long term investor in its shares. And to add a personal note, I was also happy to read of the impact that India had on him from his teenage days, in separating the essential from the superfluous, in his unique design philosophy.

RIP the Old World

RIP PC

“We change our behaviour when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change”   Dr. henry cloud & Dr. john townsend

The need for change and acceptance of the fact that your status quo for business may be no. Longer has never been truer.  I have been speaking on the effect of the cloud (internet based service and supply) for the past 8 years and in the past two have provided much comment on the visible effects we had and are seeing.

ICT Function Staffing Strategies

The issue of the right staff for the right job at the right time continues to be a key pain point for most organizations across the world. This applies especially within the ICT sector, with key themes revolving around high attrition rates, outsource or insource and lean versus non-lean. Whereas most organizations are grappling with attracting and retaining top notch talent, there’s also an underlying discontent on what staffing models to adopt and how to align the same with the wider organizational structures. Unlike other sectors, the ICT domain is quite dynamic and is prone to split second changes and developments. Organizations that learn on the need to keep pace and balance between IT staffing strategies and the disruptive nature of Technology, will not only attract good talent, but will also formulate agile ICT Staffing models that are supportive of their wider organizational strategies.

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