The ‘Old Economy’ Needs a Rocket Man

In the CEO Afterlife

Right away, he replaced the chief operating officer, chief marketing officer, chief technology officer and chief talent officer. So much has been written about business innovation this past year.

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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.

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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.

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

Create Learning

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.

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?

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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.

What CEOs Can Learn From the Goddess of Vision

C-Level Strategies

I have worked in the corporate world for over 40 years and while I have been an AVP, VP, Chief Privacy Officer, etc, I have never heard of the term C-Level! This administrative assistant gave himself a title “Chief of Staff.”

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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. Broaden the role of your “chiefs.” Business reliance on the freelancer economy continues to grow.

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.

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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. I educated my managers that it’s not about the hours in the office — it’s about the deliverables.

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.

How Data Visualization Answered One of Retail’s Most Vexing Questions

Harvard Business Review

The redder the location, the more frequently it was trafficked: For chief technology officer Joe Lezon, the results were both helpful and surprising. Decision making Retail Technology Sometimes it’s relatively easy to know what your customers are doing.

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. This is a management failure, not a technological problem.

How I Hired an Entirely Remote Workforce

Harvard Business Review

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.

Business Processes Are Learning to Hack Themselves

Harvard Business Review

Some organizations are already deploying elements of process change automation, while others are developing technologies that lay the foundation for it. The factory floor is a marvel of automation. With a press of a button, the whole place can seem to run itself.

How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

Harvard Business Review

If members of your team express concerns about your ability to lead, or you hear that the office rumor mill churning with spite, you need to address the issue head on. The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you?

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

Harvard Business Review

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.

Tronc’s Data Delusion

Harvard Business Review

Instead of debuting a new, tech-savvy firm that would, in the words of chief digital officer Anne Vasquez, be like “having a tech startup culture meet a legacy corporate culture,” it came off as buzzword-laden and naive. Competitive strategy Technology Media Digital Articl

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

Harvard Business Review

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.

Why Can't a CIO Be More Like a CFO?

Harvard Business Review

It''s time for CIOs to move beyond their roles as chief technology officers, and embrace the name with all of its implications: Chief Information Officer. Technology is intimidating, particularly to non-Millennials. IT management Information & technology

How to Build a Strong Relationship with a New Boss

Harvard Business Review

“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.

How Technology Is Transforming Retail - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM Ocado

Harvard Business Review

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).

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Management Craft

David Loewe, Chief Executive Officer, Seattle Humane Society. Dwayne Melancon, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc.

The One Unbreakable Rule in Business Writing

Harvard Business Review

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.

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 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. Picking a number two is among the most important decisions any leader makes.

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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. We knew what to do," said Harper Reed, the campaign's Chief Technology Officer. "We

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.

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.

A Global Online Network Lets Health Professionals Share Expertise

Harvard Business Review

Hours later, he was reading detailed replies from a tuberculosis advisor in Azerbaijan and a medical officer at the World Health Organization. Health Information & technology Internet Knowledge management

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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The Right Entry Point for Emerging Markets

Harvard Business Review

I recently participated in a spirited panel discussion with Bruce Brown, Procter & Gamble's Chief Technology Officer, and Erich Joachimsthaler, Vivaldi Partners' managing director and CEO. The topic — part of a series on innovation sponsored by Singapore's Economic Development Board and coordinated by Harvard Business Review — was "What's the Right Entry Point for Emerging Markets: Target Customers at the Bottom or the Middle of the Pyramid?".

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.

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.

Where to Win In Emerging Markets

Harvard Business Review

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.

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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What CEOs Can Learn From the Goddess of Vision

C-Level Strategies

I have worked in the corporate world for over 40 years and while I have been an AVP, VP, Chief Privacy Officer, etc, I have never heard of the term C-Level! This administrative assistant gave himself a title “Chief of Staff.”

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What CEOs Can Learn From the Goddess of Vision

C-Level Strategies

I have worked in the corporate world for over 40 years and while I have been an AVP, VP, Chief Privacy Officer, etc, I have never heard of the term C-Level! This administrative assistant gave himself a title “Chief of Staff.”

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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.