Foundations for digital culture (part 3 Envisioned Future)

Influencers Part 1 Building Blocks Part 2 So the future can look like this Customer success as a motivator The first building block of the digital culture is to obsess over the customer and not technology. I believe when team members are obsessed with the customer, they are more motivated Read More …

Foundations for digital culture (part 2 Building Blocks)

Influencers Part 1 A narrative to create a digital culture… for the customer (part 2 Building Blocks) So now we should make the digital culture from this Obsess over customers, not technology A fundamental learning from the past several decades that has influenced modern methodologies and organizational layouts is running Read More …

Foundations for digital culture (part 1 Influencers)

A narrative to create a digital culture… for the customer (part 1) In the past Over the last five decades, information technology departments evolved from independent groups to entire companies with specialized technology-based products and services. An industry sector is named for technology and many companies today are changing their brand Read More …

Why cord-cutters are still getting the better deal

It’s been five years since I cut the cord with traditional cable TV service. I don’t regret the decision. I also mounted an HDTV antenna in my attic and enabled a crystal clear picture for all local channels to every “cable” outlet in my house. This is useful if the Read More …

Shaping Work Habits – High School Jobs Revisited – part 3

Part 3 of 3 – Treasury Drug 2020 has been a disruptive year for everyone. Like millions of others, I’m wrestling with furlough and career choices. While we rarely list high school jobs on our resumes, I’ve been thinking about the three jobs I had during my teenage years. They Read More …

Shaping Work Habits – High School Jobs Revisited – part 2

Part 2 of 3 – McDonald’s 2020 has been a disruptive year for everyone. Like millions of others, I’m wrestling with furlough and career choices. While we rarely list high school jobs on our resumes, I’ve been thinking about the three jobs I had during my teenage years. They all Read More …

Shaping Work Habits – High School Jobs Revisited – part 1

Part 1 of 3 – Winn-Dixie 2020 has been a disruptive year for everyone. Like millions of others, I’m wrestling with furlough and career choices. While we rarely list high school jobs on our resumes, I’ve been thinking about the three jobs I had during my teenage years. They all Read More …

The Ackerman Security Wireless Communicator Upgrade Letter

Last week I started a two-post blog about examples of marketing communication letters to customers. I chose two examples that show when a marketing group is out-of-synch with the operations group of an organization. The letters are good case studies about syncing instructions, or the call-to-action, to a customer to Read More …

When being unpopular is part of your job description

A colleague told me a story this week about their involvement in a software development project. If you make software for a living you know there is always a desire to produce working software faster. Her story was a tale about requirements, servers, browsers, bugs, and other types of gremlins Read More …

Push-ups to Push-downs.

Push-ups are for treats! One of my most memorable childhood treats was orange sherbet push-ups. I can still envision those pops with the plastic push sticks and the plastic bottom. Of course the plastic bottom was good for licking at the end! A paper covering with colored circles surrounded the Read More …

What does the business require of me?

The question every IT professional should ask. I think through this question quite a bit. It has significance in the equation of work satisfaction and success. It is fundamental in how every IT professional should approach their career. What do my customers require of the Information Technology group? Typically, we Read More …

Rewarding switching over loyalty

A fast marketing engine. It took about 8 weeks for the marketing department at Charter Communications to catch-up with my decision to cut the cable TV cord. Considering the size of Charter, I’m impressed with the turn around time to add me to the prospective customer list mailings. New subscriptions Read More …

I.T. is better when…

It’s Thanksgiving week and I’m thankful for another year of work and learning. During my reflection this year for what I’m thankful for, I thought about what makes life in IT better. What are those things that help IT perform to their best ability? What are those things that help Read More …

The Indispensable

Every organization has them. You know who they are. It’s that group of tenured and embedded employees that keep the company moving operationally. These aren’t the visionaries and they wouldn’t necessarily be linked with taking the company to next level. But this group of people understand the current business inside-and-out. Read More …