You know Jim, right? He is probably the world’s #1 Management Guru these days, and his best-selling book Good to Great inspired an entire generation of leaders. He is the guy who discovered that great leaders don’t need to be charismatic (and added that charisma could even be a liability!). Look, I got some great new personal tips from Jim himself yesterday and I’d love to share them with you. Tomorrow, that is. See you then.
This past Easter I stayed in a hotel on the coast of Catalonia. It wasn’t ugly. It wasn’t a horrible experience. But there were a number of details that caught my eye.
For example, the cheese was horrendous. They seemed to have bought the cheapest cheese available; I imagined a dialogue between the dairy provider and the procurement manager of the hotel. Continue reading
On Monday I return to the fray with a classification of companies, entrepreneurs and professionals which will probably not make history but don’t deserve to either. Have a nice weekend. See you on Monday!
A few days ago, my friend Paul Schlieben died. Paul was flying alone in his Cessna 182 just over 70 miles from his home in Peterborough. Something went wrong: he informed the control tower that he was going to try an emergency landing, but Continue reading
In December we usually have a general gathering with the entire company in Barcelona. We like to do a different activity each year: archery, kart racing, touring the old city competing to see who is first to find a series of historical keys (which is called a gymkhana here), things like that. And after that, go out to eat, of course. Continue reading
Where on Earth have I been? Well, here and there. End of year festivities came around, I went to Argentina, then I went to London, etc. But really I have no excuse. Therefore, I have something in store for you: on Monday I’ll tell you all about my experience leading a band. Wondering what this has to do with being a better CIO, a better CISO, a better manager or a better parent? I haven’t really thought about that yet, but I’ve got until Monday to think it through.
See you soon!
Happy New Year from Buenos Aires, Argentina!
I know that you suspect that there is a better way… a shorter path to all that value ITIL promises… a way to make real sense out of these malign CMDBs and their never-ending deployments—a way to truly align Operations and Business. Well, Real Time Service Models are your savior. But what are they? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the next post.
I always loved those superhero movies where the protagonist could defeat an army of super enemies without breaking into a sweat, but has severe trouble fulfilling the ordinary duties of everyday life. Continue reading
Where have I been? The past few weeks, after landing from Buenos Aires were frantic… I was in Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Madrid, Mallorca, London, Barcelona (of course), an old castle from the 10th century in Cardona (Spain), and probably a couple more places I don’t remember, speaking to customers, prospects and analysts and also continuing my quest for personal growth. It was great as I had the opportunity to talk to many people from different countries, and it was so enriching.
One of these talks was with a long-distance, open seas swimmer who is about to get the “triple crown” of swimming. What this has to do with IT or being a better CIO (or CISO, or CEO, or, as I always say, whatever you want to be) is for you to discover soon, with my next post.
Hasta la vista!