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“Leader Of One, Leader Of Many. If You Can Lead One, You Can Lead Any.”

A long time ago, I stopped blaming others for my own lack of personal leadership.

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This includes my kids.

My kids don’t care what comes out of my big fat mouth. They care what I do.

I drink scotch… they observe.

I smoke a stogie… they watch.

This also includes my teammates, employees, and partners.

Ask yourself- where are you not managing your own self and expecting others to pick up the slack?

Your Work-At-Home User’s Machine is Infected. What Should You Do?

The recent seismic shift to working at home has resulted in dramatic changes to the security landscape.

One specific area of concern/question/challenge for enterprises is end-point-security.

How does a company ensure that sensitive information is properly protected when employees are working from home on their personal laptop, or checking work emails on a personal iPad or any other device?

Ransomware or malware may be lying dormant on those personal machines, having been infiltrated as these personal systems and networks have not be subject to your office’s security defenses and management oversite.

How CIOs and CTOs can Accelerate Digital Transformation Through Cloud Platforms

No alt text provided for this image Only 14% of companies launching digital transformations have seen sustained and material performance.

Operating the cloud reduces issues such as outdated technology environments and rigid infrastructures affecting data. In this piece for McKinsey & Company, Jayne Giezmo, Mark GuJames Kaplan, and Lars Vinter outline 3 things tech leaders need to do to be  successful when operating in the cloud:

☁️ Focus cloud investments in businesses where the cloud platform increases revenue and improves margins. This approach helps to focus programs in which benefits such as increased marketing, innovating business offerings, a reduced risk, efficient scalability matter.

☁️ Leaders need to choose technology, sourcing, and migration models that align with economic and risk constraints. Using the wrong technology can raise concerns with compliance.

☁️Capturing the value of the cloud and its migration requires how IT works within the company. The company will make everything a product, focus on developer experience, and integrate with business to ensure a cloud operating model is built.

While this transition isn’t easy, cloud platforms can help by providing the required agility, scalability, and innovative capabilities.

 

“It’s Fallacy to Say That We Can Be Isolated and Still be Successful in a Global Economy That is Interconnected.”

For leaders, creating ecosystems that in turn create success requires a broad level of thinking.

Adam Gordon, Edutainer & SME at ITProTV, says how we manage those close to home involves allowing for the understanding that we’re not going to do everything ourselves.

The time when businesses could operate in isolation has long since passed. In this modern, globally-connected environment, companies may have to be comfortable being uncomfortable with things such as outsourcing and partnerships with entities/governments/people that may or may not share their values.

Adam compares this to when pre-historic man roamed the earth and realized, “‘You know what? We’ve got to partner together to go hunt that big animal over there because we’re not going to eat otherwise.’”

 

 

 

Build Enterprise Value Using The Pareto Principle

Building enterprise value is one of my favorite topics. It’s a top priority for all leaders.

One thought exercise that I like to do on this incorporates the Pareto Principle – or the 80/20 Rule – that states that 80% of outputs come from 20% of inputs.

Have you ever done an analysis of what are the 20% of Excel spreadsheets that are actually producing 80% of your revenue?

Boiling it down using the 80/20 Rule is an excellent way to pinpoint what is working, focus your time and effort on it, and thus build enterprise value!