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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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4/6/2015 | 6:03:09 PM
Re: The Phoenix Project rang true
@danielcawrey- Well, I'm of the general attitude that everybody is a startup these days the way things move. But I susppse if you work for the right kind of well-heeled, legacy-filled blue blood company, it might not apply. But i think at this point we're all gasping for time, money, creativity, etc just like a startup. And we all need new ideas fast.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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4/6/2015 | 6:00:48 PM
Re: Good to Great
@chris- I very seriously considered Good to Great, but I didn't for the simple reason that many of those "great" companies are now no longer great. I don't blame Collins for this. Leadership changes. The world changes. Etc. Collins actually recognized this when he wrote "How the Mighty Fall," 

But i just felt like while some of the lessons are still apropriate, some of the case studies are not (even with some of the updates of the later editions).

That said, I think i want to feature some Collins books in a future book list as I do believe he's quite good.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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4/6/2015 | 5:56:36 PM
Re: The Phoenix Project rang true
@whalton3031- Thanks for the endoresement. It is especially nice when a book helps us through the worst times. I think one of the hardest thing about writing management books is they often have to assume an ideal world. If you have time to do x,y, and z you will succeed. Sometimes, the crisis makes x, y, and z impossible. What then?
danielcawrey
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4/5/2015 | 3:33:28 PM
Re: The Phoenix Project rang true
I have been wanting to read "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" for some time – just have not had time to read it! Since I work at a startup, it would probably make a lot of sense – and it seems as though it had more general practicality than I had previously thought if it is being recommended for CIOs too!
jagibbons
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4/3/2015 | 12:16:26 PM
Re: The Phoenix Project rang true
Definitely agree that The Phoenix Project is well worth the time for any CIO or other IT leader struggling to deliver innovative solutions amidst peers who tend to do more damage than good.
ChrisMurphy
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4/3/2015 | 9:41:39 AM
Good to Great
I would add Good to Great, as an unabashed Jim Collins fan. Clear-eyed perspective on the role of technology in company transformation -- its limits and its power.

And "The Goal." The Phoenix Project is something of tech-centric ode to The Goal, so that's on my to-read list. At last year's InformationWeek Conference ex-Netlfix cloud architect Adrian Cockcroft recommened Phoenix Project -- I'm overdue to get it read! 

 
whalton30301
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whalton30301,
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4/3/2015 | 9:35:26 AM
The Phoenix Project rang true
In my experience there have been only a handful of managers who could make it in the scenario in that book.  The hero was very lucky to have a wise old guru in his corner.  In most cases, the upper management are just as overwhelmed as the rank and file employees.   Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, & George Spafford  showed they knew the issues in managing through a crisis.  It was a good book to give ideas for my own crisis points.


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