How to Transform Technology from a Negative Disruptive Force to a Positive Opportunity (Start with Why – part 2)

| I recently wrote a blog on the importance of starting our thinking about technology based innovation from the perspective of purpose or as Simon Sinek urges start with why. To me the power of purpose as a starting point for thinking about technology is twofold.  Firstly, purpose tends to be everlasting.  How you fulfill on your purpose may change over time, as technology changes, but your purpose itself changes rarely.  The second is that purpose gives a powerful context for understanding the role of technology. When you start with purpose Read more..

Technology Hammer

In 1964 Abraham Kaplan coined what he called the law of the instrument – “Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding.”  This law, and all of its variations, describe the IT industry, we play the role of the small boy and technology, particularly new technology, fulfills the role of our favorite hammer. | You can see it everywhere.  Whether it is in the creation of organisational IT strategies or the many vendor and commentator  articles and white papers that come from Read more..

An Approach to Strategy

 |     “Forget the arduous, intellectualised number crunching and data grinding. In real life, strategy is actually very straightforward. You pick a general direction and implement like hell.” Jack Welch    I love this quote. It captures so much of where I have ended up when it comes to understanding strategy. Not long after taking up my role as the CIO of The Warehouse, I began to turn my mind to producing an IS strategy. However, as I went through a traditional strategy exercise as a CIO rather than a consultant, I came Read more..