Did you ever meet a big-wig from some ever-so-important, is on the cover of
Fast Company type of organization, who thinks his leadership is spot on? But
he never once asks a question about you, your company or what YOU do. He
hardly even listens to you. It's all about his blah, blah, blah. I call these
executives "Chimp CEOs." They're deaf, mute, and blind to anything that does
not relate to them. If you go to industry confabs a lot, you hear a lot of
this simian chatter.
Hardly an example of a leader who thinks like he or she belongs in the C
And in today's economy, it's not just an annoying act of hubris, it's a
disastrous strategy, especially where your customers are concerned.
The best CXOs listen as much as they talk. George Colony, CEO of Forrester
Research in an earlier ZD Net article, talks about the need not only to
listen, but to have a conversation.
A CEO once asked me, "As an executive coach, what are the top mistakes you've
seen when business leaders give a presentation"? He was expecting just a few
insights, I'm sure. But once I got thinking about all the mess-ups I'd seen,
I just could not stop writing them down. What started as a Letterman "Top Ten
List" took on a life of its own.
So, for all you executives getting ready to present, here are 100 of the top
mistakes I've seen over the years.
100 Ways to Bore Your Audience
Don't have a story Show lots and lots of slides Don't have clear messages
Have plenty of bullets and... (more)
At times, do you think you're a Superman or Wonder Woman? Pitted in a daily
struggle between the IT department and the business units? We all know that
IT managers juggle a number of hats and scramble to put out dozens of fires,
and truly can be a superhero to their organizations.
But did you ever think about what kind of superhero you are? Where do you
rank in the Legion of Superhero's taxonomy? Are you an IT Wolverine, Green
Lantern or Flash?
Take the IT X-Men (or Women) quiz to see if you have the right stuff to be an
1. Do you do it all?
A one-man or one-woman sho... (more)
IT personnel have been referred to as many things: some see the role of IT
staff as everything from heroes and essential partners, to %^&**!@#!!
villains. But how about a Pit Bull or a Chichuahua? Is there a German
Shepherd lurking inside that SOA developer?
If you take a look at some of the most dramatic canine personalities, you
might find some interesting similarities between network engineers, software
developers and man's best friend. If you're in technology, read on to
determine which IT breed you might be.
Which Breed of IT Are You?
Pit Bull. Official name is the American... (more)
What if "The Cloud" visited a psychiatrist? Does Cloud and Cloud Computing
need therapy? Are they suffering from split personality disorder? With so
many people giving different definitions of what Cloud Computing is, no
wonder The Cloud has an identity crisis. Be a fly on the wall and listen in
to the Cloud's therapy session.
Scene: Office of Dr. Virgil I. Zation, a noted Silicon Valley Psychiatrist.
Dr. Zation is having a therapy session with a new patient named Cloud.
Doctor: How can I help you, Mr. Cloud?
Cloud: You can drop the "Mr." and just call me "The Cloud."
Doctor: Ok, Cl... (more)