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, Cloud. What brings you to my office?
Cloud: Doctor, I think I'm in an identity crisis. I just don't seem to know
who I am anymore. On the one hand, I'm "The Cloud." I've got a handle on that
identity, but now people are talking about "Cloud Computing," and it's really
confusing me, and worst of ... (more)
One has to wonder what business leaders are thinking sometimes when they
utter things that they have to know are going to send waves throughout the
The iconic Warren Buffett opened up his mouth in May 2009 and turned the
financial world on its head.
In an interview, Mr. Buffett chose to express his views of the current
economic times by saying, “this is an economic Pearl Harbor” and equated
the current financial situation in the United States to “falling off a
cliff.” These comments may seem innocent enough. But coming from a
financial executive who has changed a whol... (more)
CEOs are known for flawless communication, right? We understand their ideas
and can execute on them. Well, maybe...it depends on the communication
vehicle they select.
When leaders speak or write, we have the chance to capture the flavor and
nuances of their communication: in depth insights. But with Twitter and text
messaging, some of that brilliance and subtly can get lost. Corporate mission
statements in 140 characters? Hmmm...maybe not a bad idea. But for critical
communications, perhaps social media is not the best choice.
In a wonderfully creative post, Jamie Quatro at Mcseee... (more)
Want to change the face of IT in your organization? You might find
inspiration from a very unlikely source: Michael Jackson.
You don't have to be a fan of the late superstar to recognize how the
mega-successful Jackson changed the face of music. Can the face of IT be
changed by following some of Jackson's best practices? Here are some insights
straight from NeverLand that IT managers can consider to help change the
perception of IT within their organizations.
1. Innovate by looking internally. When Jackson changed the world of dance,
he did not seek inspiration from areas outside ... (more)
The late Walter Cronkite as a role model for IT managers? At first glance, we
might not see the connection between "the most trusted man in America" and
high tech management. But if we pull back the layers of how Cronkite
approached his job, there are solid day-to-day career lessons for those
working in IT.
Seven Best Practices Straight From the Desk of Uncle Walter
1. Explain things in a simple way so everyone can understand. CBS' Bob
Schieffer said people "understood Cronkite was guiding you through events."
He translated the complex or hard to understand in a way that made you n... (more)