Leading Thoughts for May 28, 2020

Leading Blog

Chief Technology Officer at Better.com, Erik Bernhardsson on ruthless prioritization: “What I have come to believe is that: prioritization is the most value creating activity in any company. I DEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I.

How to Evaluate Whether You Made an Effective Career Decision

Lead Change Blog

Tom made a major career decision 3 months ago: he decided to leave his position as chief information officer at a large manufacturing firm to become an entrepreneur and start a company to provide software that helps manufacturers improve the quality of their manufacturing process. He made his choice after talking to his friend Dave, who left his chief technology officer position in a high-profile manufacturing company to become an entrepreneur six months ago.

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Lessons in Leadership to Last a Lifetime

Leading Blog

But in 1999, at the height of the Internet boom, I took a two-year leave of absence to serve as director of system architecture at Akamai Technologies, an MIT start-up located here in Cambridge. He was formerly Director of Research and Director of System Architecture for Akamai Technologies and was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cilk Arts, Inc., A FTER 18 YEARS on the MIT faculty, I thought I knew a thing or two about leadership.

What BirchBox Founders Learned at Harvard Business School That Helped Ignite Their Company

Women on Business

They hired an experienced Chief Technology Officer, Liz Crawford. NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: When Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp graduated from Harvard Business School and launched their company, BirchBox, they put many of the theories and lessons learned at Harvard into practice. Fast-forward less than three years later, and BirchBox is thriving and has become the benchmark for e-commerce online subscription services.

How to Stop Selling Your Ideas and Start Enrolling People in Them

Next Level Blog

These days, Donagh is the chief technology officer for the restaurant company, Bloomin’ Brands. Think about the last time you made a big purchase like a car, a major appliance or a mattress. With the possible exception of the car, there’s a pretty good chance you bought the product online after reading a lot of customer reviews. Why was that the case? Of course, one reason is that Amazon and other online retailers make it really easy to buy things online.

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How I Became A Leader Without Any Formal Training

Lead Change Blog

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Apple’s Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Lynch. He is a guy who is clearly more of a techie than he is a public speaker, yet whenever he takes to the stage during the Cupertino company’s huge product launches, Kevin never fails to impress. It took Lynch twenty-four years to reach the position of CTO for the world’s largest company.

John Donovan (AT&T) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Adam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times. Here are a few insights provided during an interview of John Donovan, the chief technology officer at AT&T since 2008, who learned a lot about the subtleties of team-building earlier [.].

#WBF11 Gary Burnison - Korn Ferry and Angela Ahrendts - Burberry

CEO Blog

She hired a Chief Creative Officer to vision where the company should go. The Chief Technology Officer has mission to get the word out. The next speaker was Gary Burnison from Korn Ferry. I did not recognize the name although I certainly knew the company. Burnison was a great speaker. I guess that should not surprise me - most CEOs are.

How to deal with cyber-attacks: publicly or privately?

Strategy Driven

Andrew Douthwaite has over 17 years of technology experience joining VirtualArmour in 2007 as a senior engineer. Now as Chief Technology Officer, Andrew focuses on leading growth in the managed security services business and ensuring VirtualArmour is a thought leader in the security industry. Cyber attacks spiked 164% in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, entailing 918 disclosed breaches-according reports on broadcaster CNBC.

Where to Win In Emerging Markets

Harvard Business Review

HBR recently spoke with three experts — Bruce Brown, Chief Technology Officer of P&G, and HBR authors Scott Anthony and Erich Joachimsthaler — about the opportunities that are out there, and how understanding consumer context can help companies develop products at the right price points for every market. As corporations witness the huge economic growth and burgeoning purchasing power in emerging markets, a huge debate is focused on where to find the most profit.

Team Building Agenda: Kick-off Program for IT Leadership Team

Mike Cardus

Chief-Technology-Officer CTO, and Human Resources Business Partners within the IT Team and Mike will serve as the Accountability-Team to check-in and coach the directors for completion of the 100 day action plans. Occasionally I create a Team-Building program agenda that is good enough to share. Below is the Day-1 ‘Kick-off’ program to 4 months of work I will be doing with an IT Leadership Team.

My New Book, Double the Love - Now Available on Amazon!

Management Craft

David Loewe, Chief Executive Officer, Seattle Humane Society. Dwayne Melancon, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc. I am very pleased to let you all know that my new book, Double the Love: 11 Secrets for Cultivating Highly Accountable and Engaged Teams , is available on Amazon.com. Right now, the paperback version is available. The e-book format will be on amazon within a week. I hope you will check it out and can''t wait to hear your feedback.

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How an Online Grocery Platform Could Reshape Retail as We Know It - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM OCADO

Harvard Business

By Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer, Ocado. Online grocery delivery requires dealing with irregularly shaped products with many different form factors, multiple storage temperature regimens, short shelf lives, and food technology constraints about what can be packed with what. So online grocery is hard, and doing it profitably demands extraordinary levels of efficiency powered by the creative application of technology and automation.

My New Book, Double the Love - Now Available on Amazon!

Management Craft

David Loewe, Chief Executive Officer, Seattle Humane Society. Dwayne Melancon, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc. I am very pleased to let you all know that my new book, Double the Love: 11 Secrets for Cultivating Highly Accountable and Engaged Teams , is available on Amazon.com. Right now, the paperback version is available. The e-book format will be on amazon within a week. I hope you will check it out and can't wait to hear your feedback.

How Technology Is Transforming Retail - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM Ocado

Harvard Business

By Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer, Ocado. Across the retail landscape, a war is going on, and the battles are being fought on multiple fronts: business models, channels, brands, customers, technologies, and more. On another battlefront, four technology tidal waves are gathering momentum, ready to wash over us: artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Business Processes Are Learning to Hack Themselves

Harvard Business

Some organizations are already deploying elements of process change automation, while others are developing technologies that lay the foundation for it. Tim Guertiens, chief technology officer of MX3D, explains that his company’s bridge began on both sides of the canal and is being printed toward the middle (to be completed in 2017). The factory floor is a marvel of automation. With a press of a button, the whole place can seem to run itself.

Tronc’s Data Delusion

Harvard Business

Tribune Publishing, a storied icon of American journalism, recently renamed itself Tronc and released a video to show off a new “content optimization platform,” that Malcolm CasSelle, Tronc’s chief technology officer, claims will be “the key to making our content really valuable to the broadest possible audience” through the use of machine learning. Competitive strategy Technology Media Digital Article

A Hands-Off Approach to Open Innovation Doesn’t Work

Harvard Business

In particular, large companies want to partner with small firms that have developed advanced, game-changing technologies. For the hands-on managers, nearly 80% of CEOs took the most active role; in contrast, hands-off companies relied much more on their R&D head or chief technology officer. They focused on the entrepreneurial talent, not the technology.

How I Hired an Entirely Remote Workforce

Harvard Business

Many people are stunned to learn that I didn’t meet my chief technology officer in person until 2014 — three years after he started working for me. Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, called Netflix’s now-legendary culture deck “one of the most important documents ever to come out of Silicon Valley.”

How Online Grocer Ocado Is Automating Warehouses Using Swarms of Robots - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM OCADO 

Harvard Business

By Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer, Ocado. is the catchall name for the current trend of harnessing the intersection of technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data, cloud computing, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) to create smarter, more productive, more resilient, and more adaptable factories and industrial processes. Industry 4.0

Advice on Running a Government Agency Like a Startup, from Someone Who’s Tried It

Harvard Business

The White House recently formed the Office of American Innovation, which has a stated focus on “implementing policies and scaling proven private-sector models to spur job creation and innovation.” presidential innovation fellow and a cofounder of 18F , a digital services office within the U.S. Godbout was executive director at 18F before departing to become chief technology officer for the EPA.

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Harvard Business

But somewhere along the way, we recognized that they were based on definable pipelines and applied technology to manage those pipelines. With the right technology, could you manage this pipeline the way you manage a sales pipeline? ” While a lot of people reviewing her suggestion found it silly, the company’s Chief Technology Officer was intrigued. Juan Díaz-Faes for HBR. Sales and marketing were once disciplines ruled by emotions.

How to Build a Strong Relationship with a New Boss

Harvard Business

“Recognize that people do draw some impressions about you pretty quickly,” says Karen Dillon, coauthor of Competing Against Luck and the HBR Guide to Office Politics. “She was so used to having her direct reports go into her office and complain or need help,” he says. When Shutterstock hired a new chief technology officer, Kiran Patel, the director of engineering, was eager to start things off on the right foot.

The One Unbreakable Rule in Business Writing

Harvard Business

For example, if you want clients for your CTO coaching business, then chief technology officers (and the people who know them) are your audience. In business writing, there’s one rule you just can’t break: It has to be about the reader, not about you. Most people understand this already, at least intellectually.

Have a Question for Procter & Gamble CTO Bruce Brown?

Harvard Business Review

After sharing some observations that which will draw on my blog about " The Asian Innovation Century ") I'll facilitate the discussion between the six participants: P&G Chief Technology Officer Bruce Brown, P&G's R&D VP Asia Maurizio Marchesini, P&G's Asian President Deb Henretta, the regional head of Medtronic's Cardiac Rhythm Management business unit Shamik Dasgupta, National University of Singapore Professor CC Hang and A*STAR Managing Director Professor Low Teck Seng.

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Is Outsourcing R&D Hurting U.S. Manufacturing?

Harvard Business Review

is integrally tied to maintaining our historical lead in high technology. Adding to the concerns is a perception that American firms are outsourcing so much R&D that it will only add to the erosion of high technology industries. While speaking a few months ago to the Chief Technology Officer of a highly diversified Fortune 500 manufacturer, I asked if he was able to fill all the science and engineering jobs required at his growing company.

The Professional: Seven New Rules

Strategy Driven

Consider the chief technology officer of a company who is able to influence standards by being on an industry body – the revenue impact of such a thing can be immense. The term ‘professional’ comes from the Latin word ‘professio,’ which literally means to take an oath or a vow.

Will Oracle’s Co-CEO Setup Work?

Harvard Business Review

Ellison will remain chairman of the board and will still serve as chief technology officer. 2 executives, we believe, are those of a leader and a chief ally. Larry Ellison announced yesterday that he was stepping down as CEO of Oracle, the company he co-founded in 1977. In his place, Oracle presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz will share the CEO role. Cue the Ellison retrospectives. But what about the company’s future? Can co-CEOs work?

When Personal Tragedy Strikes, Downshifting at Work Doesn’t Always Help

Harvard Business Review

Ten days after her husband died unexpectedly while on vacation in Mexico, Sheryl Sandberg returned to work as chief operating officer at Facebook. Vandebroek, now the chief technology officer at Xerox, was a 34-year-old rising executive in 1996 when her husband, also a tech executive, died during a family camp out in the Adirondacks, leaving Vandebroek with three children, ages 8, 5, and 3. I was always in my home office when the kids were sleeping.

Whose Job Is It to Manage Freelancers?

Harvard Business Review

The other one of us cofounded 10x Management , a well-respected talent agency representing top-tier freelance programmers, designers, and other technology professionals. We suggest a number of possible approaches for organization leaders to consider: Assign a roving chief technology officer or project manager. Broaden the role of your “chiefs.” ” Similar in some respects to the CTO role is the role of the technical “chief.”

How to Bring in a New CEO for Your Startup

Harvard Business Review

A CRM or other systems for maintaining day-to-day information on all the company’s customers, major contracts, investors, products, technologies, sales, and marketing activities are essential, practical ways of sharing information. I’ve seen founders stay on successfully as chief technology officer, chief marketing officer, or as a board member.

To Be Number One, Get the Right Number Two

Harvard Business Review

political system, the business world has no rules requiring that every leader have a backup, or that every corporate chief executive has a chief operating officer. This amplified the company's message about the importance of wireless technologies, even though McAdam (who later became CEO) would also preside over landline operations. Picking a number two is among the most important decisions any leader makes.

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To Innovate, Play with Pieces Off the Game Board

Harvard Business Review

Khoja recalls his chief technology officer, Eric Chapman, announcing a week into the search that they were going to have to choose their engineers in a different way. Think back to the last time you played chess with a first-grader. Never? Shame!) You'll recall the almost overwhelming temptation the kid feels to play with the pieces off the board.

The Unimportance of Practically Everything

Harvard Business Review

Or think of Nathan Myhrvold, the former Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft, who said (and then confirmed to me in person for this article), "The top software developers are more productive than average software developers not by a factor of 10x or 100x or even 1,000x, but by 10,000x." Before you leave the office today, write down your top six priorities for tomorrow on a Post-it note. A friend of mine is the Executive Director for an organization with global reach.

To Innovate, Play with Pieces Off the Game Board

Harvard Business Review

Khoja recalls his chief technology officer, Eric Chapman, announcing a week into the search that they were going to have to choose their engineers in a different way. Think back to the last time you played chess with a first-grader. Never? Shame!) You'll recall the almost overwhelming temptation the kid feels to play with the pieces off the board.

Reversing the Curse of Dominant Logic

Harvard Business Review

Rich countries are the most technologically advanced. We should be able to meet their needs with cheap products based on older technology. We excel in product leadership and advanced technology — values inconsistent with the ultra-low-cost products poor countries require. Western multinationals — especially the most successful ones — consistently struggle to achieve their growth targets in emerging markets.

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Oracle: The Worst-Governed, Best-Run Company Around

Harvard Business Review

The 70-year-old will stay on as the software giant’s executive chairman and also its chief technology officer — the latter title a formalization of a role he was already playing. Boards Leadership Technology After 37 years in charge, Larry Ellison finally stepped down as Oracle’s CEO on Thursday. Except that he’s not really stepping down.

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What to Do When You Have No Time to Think

Harvard Business Review

I had lunch recently with Rajip, the Chief Technology Officer of a large investment bank. When we returned to his office after spending an hour together, he had received 138 new email messages. And, as I mentioned in a previous post, The Best Way to Use the Last Five Minutes of Your Day , I take a few minutes every afternoon before leaving the office to evaluate what I experienced that day.

Four (More) Reasons Why It's Time to Shop for the Best and Brightest

Harvard Business Review

With access to Xerox's corporate office, Brown was able to engage senior management and help them see the power of the idea that the document was, as he puts it, "the most beautiful manifestation of a knowledge-sharing device." Facebook's chief technology officer, Bret Taylor, was a co-founder of FriendFeed, one of those acquisitions. Why isn't talent on your shopping list now that your company is flush with cash?

Is Anyone Really Responsible for Your Company's Data Security?

Harvard Business Review

But when I put the question to top management, well, they''re busy — not their problem, that''s for sure — and they refer me to the chief information officer or the chief technology officer. They refer me to the chief information security officer, but she works for the CIO, who doesn''t much like to hear what''s wrong with the system he built. This is a management failure, not a technological problem.

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When an Activist Hedge Fund Thinks a Company’s Salaries Are Too High, Who’s Right?

Harvard Business Review

The company, founded in 1996 by an engineer from Xerox’s legendary Palo Alto Research Center , Pradeep Sindhu (who remains its chief technology officer and vice chairman), was one of the highest flyers of the fin de siècle tech stock boom. Finance Tech industry Technology The 359 th richest man in the United States has decided that the workers with the highest salaries in Silicon Valley need to get by with less.

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The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer

Harvard Business Review

In a recent article , I suggested that the role of the CIO needs to shift from Chief Information Officer to a Chief Innovation Officer, due to the massive, rapid, multiple technology-driven transformations that are occurring today. And, just as the CIO''s role needs to change, so too does the CTO''s—from Chief Technology Officer to Chief Transformation Officer. CTOs must embrace the role of Chief Transformation Officer.

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Invest in Digital Marketing to Control Your Destiny

Harvard Business Review

Unhappy critics may well look askance at Barack Obama's performance as Commander-in-Chief. As campaigner-in-chief, however, this President is demonstrably without peer. The Obama campaign's techniques, tools and technologies deserve detailed and dedicated attention from every organization that takes data-driven decisions seriously. We knew what to do," said Harper Reed, the campaign's Chief Technology Officer. "We Barack Obama Innovation Technology

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