Comments
Startup Weekend Made Me A Better IT Leader
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Andrew Hornback
50%
50%
Andrew Hornback,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/1/2012 | 11:04:53 PM
re: Startup Weekend Made Me A Better IT Leader
I think part of what you're seeing there is that when people are working on their own enterprise, they're playing with "skin in the game" - whereas at their "real jobs," they're performing one specific role within the organization. After a while, you get the blinders effect where you only see what's around you and get a narrowed field of view about the entire organization.

Although, I have to admit, working in IT and supporting all of the users in an environment, the effect lessens when you get pulled in so many directions over the course of a day or week. When you start off supporting the sales department, then the developers, then the business intelligence group - all in one day, and actually take an interest in what they're doing in an effort to help deliver better support for them - it prevents the blinders from going on.

And, as someone who has a lot more irons in the fire than just being a stellar IT guy (I'm involved in building a recording studio, I do terrestrial/'net radio and a few other things), it's a matter of staying diverse and looking at what skils from one portion of the spectrum you work in to another part.

Indeed, the key to keeping life (much less work) interesting is to keep exploring "uncharted" territory... whether it's a new technology, new business venture or just new geography.

Andrew Hornback
InformationWeek Contributor


The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 27, 2014
Who wins in cloud price wars? Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Howard Marks talks about steps to take in choosing the right cloud storage solutions for your IT problems
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.