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markmeyer1
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4/26/2013 | 3:12:36 AM
re: Here Comes Corporate Brain Drain
The reality in today's world is that, if what you do can't quantifiably add to the bottom line, you are not important. As a CEO, I can tell you that IT is highly overrated.
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8/9/2012 | 5:24:27 PM
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In Pam Slim's book Escape from Cubicle Nation she states that before you make a business plan, make your life plan. This is what more and more people are doing, largely because they realize they have a purpose in life beyond working towards what was once considered security. Chris Guillebeau also stated, before handing out those envelopes with $100 bills in them, that the 3 common qualities of WDS attendees are: Community, Service and Adventure.

And I'll add that in the WDS world people help each other through referrals, master-mind groups, becoming mentors, find ways to work together rather than cutting one another down because of the mentallity of abundance and not scarcity. Abundance is happiness because you are wanting that which will fulfill your needs and you plan to consistently give back, rather than greed without bounds. With this attitude there will be enough for all, the key is being honest with ourselves to define our needs and then not destroy others by attaining more than our share. This is the new wave of business, and this is what Chris has tapped into in the creation of the World Domination Summit.
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7/12/2012 | 12:43:33 PM
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Maybe our best hope for innovation is to have this mantra (let your best people help you innovate and guide the company) repeated at Trade Shows, Gartner symposiums, etc... that CEOs, CIOs, etc... get to attend. Yes, sometimes it is tools (i.e. the right software) that will help the company, but it still takes talented and innovative people to recognize which tools and to implement them in the right way.
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7/12/2012 | 11:19:57 AM
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Nice post, I've read a couple of reports (including Chris Brogan's) out of WDS and it seems to be a turning point conference. In any case, thinking about how to take the 80% companies spend in time and money spent on maintenance and direct it towards innovation may be the most innovative and valuable activity which a company should engage.
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7/12/2012 | 1:51:21 AM
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I absolutely agree with your point here.

More than once in my careeer I've been in a situation where it was possible to implement a solution or change a process that would have provided serious benefits to the organization, but due to the "don't rock the boat" mentality, those projects went away and the benefits lost forever. The, "keep your head down", "don't be a superstar", "don't be a hero", "don't do anything more than you absolutely need to" train of thought is the bane of the existance of creativity.

That's one of the things that happens when your management team is more interested in numbers on a balance sheet than they are with the actual health of the organization. Can you honestly say that the success of your company comes from a set of numbers, even when you're literally working your employees to death?

Andrew Hornback
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7/11/2012 | 10:41:57 PM
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History is like a pendulum, and that pendulum has a nasty record of exacting revenge on those who abuse their positions of power. For the last few decades American Management thinking has been that the employee is but a resource, to be used up, sacrificed and discarded on the altar of high finance and the spreadsheet.

Unfortunately for Harvard, the many MBAs and the Fortune 500, America is leading the way to a new age of collaboration and craftsmanship. In the future, management many find itself powerless to these forces.

Brain Drain? There is no brain drain where it's fun and there is a focus on the value of people and community-like responsibility, not where greed, control of people's lives, extraction of value through short term thinking, cronyism and class warfare run rampant. Politics aside, "Spreadsheet Manager" and "Hedge Fund CEO" will soon become marks of Shame, much like a Scarlett Letter for a business leader.

Portland is the sign of the future, not Harvard, the Ivy League and Washington, DC.

American business leadership, Wall Street and Fortune 500 investors are about to get what they deserve.....to be ignored and thrust onto the heap of discarded history.
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7/11/2012 | 10:25:12 PM
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Commodity is in the eye of the beholder. If I applied creativity and innovation and was able to cut maintenance costs in half while increasing the reliability of that old code.....would I be a hero? You betcha.....and let's not forget that old code in the hands of "commodity suppliers" is like trusting the keys to your all of your house to the guy who showed up at your door one day and offered to mow your lawn for just a few bucks.....a great entry point for hackers.

The real answer? Make maintenance the highest paying part of the IT organization. Give a sizable bonus to those who innovate based on reducing the cost, the effectiveness and the amount of time needed for maintenance.

How about making maintenance assignments a place for funding "side shows"? If you can bring maintenance down to a few hours a day and make it more effective to the business, use your free time to fund your side show!
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7/11/2012 | 10:19:24 PM
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Well said, Ed. There is also a lot of creativity and innovation potential in good IT maintenance as well. Many good leaders put new developers in maintenance so that they can learn the business quickly, put creative yet untested people to develop innovation to work in an environment that can be easily measured, and teach the old business history lesson that many times brilliance and so-called "MBA business savvy" turns out to be nothing more than hot air fad after a few years. Learning through a stint in maintenance or having a maintenance component to your hot shot assignment is like taking Algebra in school. You may hate it and you may think it's boring, but you need to know it to be successful.....and practice....practice and more practice is the only way to learn it!
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7/11/2012 | 5:43:48 PM
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Corporate actions through the past ten years are causing an exodus of talent from the American technology base. Companies opted to go off shore in lieu of keeping their in house talent. This single action caused a significant decline in technology's reliability and also served as a reason for younger people to skip over information technology as a future career field. Off shore too has seen the forced retirement of those that developed the technology on which we were once able to rely. We, America, now have a vortex, with companies using declining enrollment in technology as a reason to off-shore and increased off-shore causing an accelerated exodus from technology
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7/10/2012 | 6:57:51 PM
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The days when someone joins a company and stays until retirement are long gone. Most young people today will end up working for multiple companies throughout their careers either by choice or by necessity. With the demise of defined benefit retirement plans, there is no real incentive for someone to stick around if they're unhappy or aren't being appropriately challenged. Even if you're happy/content with your current gig, it makes sense to always be looking around the corner for the next opportunity. In today's economy, you never know when the ax will fall. I learned early on in life that everyone (and I mean everyone) is expendable. The day after you walk out the door, nobody will remember or care that you were ever there. Therefore, it's vitally important that you look after yourself and your interests first and foremost. Learn all you can in your present position, keep your skills up to date and be prepared to jump ship at a moment's notice. And if youGÇÖre looking for loyalty, buy a dog.
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