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If Going Digital Is All About Change, Why Are We All So Useless At It?

The human psyche is designed for emergency braking. It’s not so good at long-term self-preservation. Humans aren’t great at long-term preservation. As a society, we are prone to procrastinate, go with the status quo and not upset processes. I can feel a few of you getting ready to hit the ‘comment’ button… but before you... more

The CIO Reading List: The Digital Transformation Playbook

At the recent CIO100 Symposium in Colorado Springs, I was thrilled that we received such enthusiastic feedback and interest in the CIO Reading List!  I’m so glad that CIOs—and IT folks in general—understand the value of sharing and discussing books that aren’t explicitly about IT issues. With the industry moving so quickly, now more than... more

Don’t Talk To Me About Digital Transformation…

Digital transformation – tech world’s latest buzzword is getting used by everyone and executed by few. We’re great at making up terms that sound exciting- but aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. I prefer talking about data disruption. We’re not transforming the way we use data, we’re creating new opportunities for business areas for... more

The CIO Reading List: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

“Humans, particularly those who build things, only listen to leading indicators of good things.” –Ben Horowitz, Author, The Hard Thing About Hard Things Most management books are about the author’s successes — great decisions, great hires and great outcomes. The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by top VC and former CEO Ben Horowitz, goes the... more

The CIO Reading List: The Undoing Project

Whenever I spend time with other CIOs, the subject almost invariably turns to a book one of us has read. And I’m gratified that the types of books that come up in these conversations are rarely what you’d call ‘IT books’ or ‘management books’. The CIOs I meet are well-rounded and well-read Renaissance people. They’re... more

Take 15 Steps South at the Internship

Take risks, find your passion.  With graduations happening across the country, this is the season of pithy advice giving. I was thinking about this as I watched our new batch of interns complete a scavenger hunt last week. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone was given a life map with a set of instructions guaranteed... more

The Rise and Rise of the Chief Data Officer

Everyone nods deferentially when that old adage is uttered about people being the most valuable asset in the business. Being one myself, I’d like to agree. The problem is I don’t think it’s the case anymore. In many recent conversations with business leaders, there’s growing agreement that ‘people’ have been knocked off the ‘number one... more