Teaser of How to be a great CIO (VIII)

How about learning more about your users’—or customers’—hidden motivations and getting them to prioritize everything they want from you in detail? How about creating a proven path to success and removing all the things that are stopping you the most from getting there? How about doing all of this by playing games?

Interested? Oh, let’s play then. See you on Wednesday.

The Challenger and Holistic Monitoring: a true story

challenger-explosion

In January 1986, the technicians on the Space Shuttle project knew that one of the critical components of the Challenger was going to fail. The O-rings of the rocket engines would not be reliable if it was cold. And below zero temperatures were forecasted for the day of the launch. The problem was that they had only eleven hours to convince the NASA command to cancel the launch, which had already been postponed several times.

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The Monitoring Symposium…and a brainteaser

Tango/04 Monitoring Symposium 2012 - PortAventura

How was our Monitoring Symposium? Fantastic, both the European and the Latin American versions: record attendance, record dizziness in PortAventura (with the highest roller coaster in Europe), record number of bird pictures taken at Temaikèn in Argentina, but above all, record quality of monitoring success story presentations, with experts from Zurich Insurance, BBVA, EMCF, International Card Services, and Supervielle Bank, among others…Many thanks to all speakers and attendees!

Next week I’ll tell you how Visibility could have prevented one of the most notorious astronautics accidents in history. But in the meantime I leave you with a brainteaser, which also has to do with Visibility:

What number comes next in this series?

10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66

See you soon!

Status

What am I doing? Preparing my presentation for the best event on corporate Monitoring, Visibility and Control in Europe… this Friday in PortAventura, Salou… Click here for more details…

 

Teaser of “How to be a Great CIO (VII): Listen to Jim Collins”

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.

Mercenaries, Volunteers, and Contemplators

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