Category Archives: Leadership

Your Next BIG Goal

I tend to be extremely goal-oriented, so I can work toward the same goal for years — inching ahead in a persistent and steady way that infuriates instant-gratification type folks. I am happy plugging away at my personal goals, but when working through others we need mechanisms to keep everyone engaged long-term. So, in my new role I asked myself:
How can we set and meet a multi-year goal, while also minimizing the frustration of people who want faster results?

Vision without Execution is Hallucination

Vision without Execution is Hallucination This is one of my favorite quotes. The internet references various sources: Japanese proverb, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford, but the message is clear — ideas alone do nothing. You must also be able to IMPLEMENT those ideas. I’ve studied Strategic Management throughout my decades-long college years and strategy has always been of… Read More »

Calmer Gentler IT

Maybe it’s my old(er) age, but it seems the typical IT department lives in a state somewhere between panic and chaos. Personally, I enjoy working in a calmer and kinder environment. Since IT often includes helpdesk and support, a sense of urgency is certainly expected, and there are times when it’s “all hands on deck”… Read More »

5 Steps to IT Excellence – Step 3: Cost & Low Hanging Fruit

In our last post, we identified our top priority projects, based on likelihood and business impact. Remember, these projects started from our own assessment, combined with firsthand feedback from department heads, IT staff, vendors – anyone possible.

Now we’ll attach estimated costs to each possible solution, keeping in mind that costs may go through several iterations. Think of this initial step as a BUDGETING step – not necessarily the fixed cost for the absolutely-best solution to each problem.

5 Steps to IT Excellence – Step 2: Risk & Impact

In our last post, we covered the Overall Assessment, which is largely a data gathering step. By now we should have a spreadsheet of potential projects, along with a WHOLE LOT more knowledge about the overall IT environment. We should understand the general flow of data, primary systems and integration points, overall network layout, and any existing policies. We should also have a good general understanding of vendor and staff skillsets. Next, we’ll build out the risk/impact prioritization – starting with the spreadsheet we created in our first step.