Five Tips to Eliminate the Prioritization Limitation

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By: Joanna Young  (@JCYCIO) “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe When in turn-around situations, helping struggling projects or IT department malaise,  common pain points include late delivery, poor quality, insufficient resources. And the common root cause is poor prioritization – too much is…

The Emerging Challenge of Digital Bifurcation, or The Cheese is Moving Faster

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By: Joanna Young  (@JCYCIO) “New technologies and approaches are merging the physical, digital and biological worlds in ways that will fundamentally transform humankind. The extent to which that transformation is positive will depend on how we navigate the risks and opportunities that arise along the way.” Klaus Schwab, German economist A colleague recently gave me a…

21st Century Leadership: Four Lessons From The Past

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By: Joanna Young  (@JCYCIO) "Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.” Elbert Hubbard, American writer and philosopher, 1856 – 1915 Written in 1899, Elbert Hubbard’s essay “Message To Garcia,” is based on the story of President McKinley giving a mission to 1st Lieutenant Andrew Rowan to deliver a message to General Calixto Garcia y Iniguez, leader of…

The Starts & Stops of 21st Century IT

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By: Joanna Young  (@JCYCIO) “You may delay. But time will not.” Benjamin Franklin If information technology professionals have one goal in the early 21st century, it is to start becoming a business unit and therefore stop the separation implied by the phrase “IT and the business.” Information technology department are the business units accountable for technology. They…

The Gravitas & Grit Series, Part 4: The Making of the Right Commitment

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By: Joanna Young  (@JCYCIO) “What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.” Jane Austen We make commitments all the time, through the choices we make. Which person should we hire for this role? What’s the best use of capital dollars? Which product should we choose? Small or large coffee? Should we accept this vendor’s…

The Gravitas & Grit Series: Part 3 The Gut Check(list)

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By: Joanna Young  (@JCYCIO) Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” Dr. Spock (Not the one from Star Trek. The other one.) 21st century IT organizations should not be order takers. Whether a service desk ticket or a strategic program, IT needs to have a data-driven gut check for any request. Here’s some…

Why Supporting Women Makes Sense: International Women’s Day 2018

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By: Joanna Young  (@JCYCIO) “Women make up more than 2/3 of the world’s 796 million illiterate people.” Source: United Nations Women First, let’s digest that almost 800 million, about 26%, of the world’s population over the age of 15 cannot read. This is an appalling statistic with negative ripples, as less education equals higher risk of negative…

The Gravitas & Grit Series: Part 2 “Deliberate Gravitas”

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  By: Joanna Young (@JCYCIO) “I gravitate towards gravitas” ~ Morgan Freeman, actor Gravitas is defined as “dignity, solemnity, and seriousness of manner.” In business, people with gravitas are seen as intelligent and serious; they unconsciously command respect. While the degree to which gravitas is valued within a particular organizational culture may vary, gravitas is…

The Gravitas & Grit Series: Part 1 “Go Small to Go Big”

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  By: Joanna Young (@JCYCIO) “Courage and resolve; strength of character” – “Small, loose particles of sand” Both are definitions of “grit.” Grit is a word defined in two ways: one definition positive and soaring, the other speaking to the dirt beneath our feet. Displaying grit in the face of disappointment or annoyance (akin to…

Understand Legacy Debt, Or Be Crushed By It

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By: Joanna Young (@JCYCIO) “Going into debt usually isn’t caused by lack of money, it’s caused by lack of vision.” Dave Ramsey, American businessman One of my clients has offices near a river, and a taking quick walk during breaks has become a practice. At one spot, the remnants of two bridges are at either…