The newest target population is IT presenters, and the geographic scope of
this nascent disease is now global. Rapid onslaught of symptoms include the
inability to focus and then agitation. Physical symptoms are fidgeting, then
heavy sighing, culminating in the urge to scream. The final symptom is
Cerebral Mortis: the brain just shuts down.
The original or parent disease is DBP: Death by Power Point, but a recent
variation, the F5 strain, is gaining strength especially in the IT community.
What is this new mutation of Death by Power Point?
The new strain embeds video and MP3 files into seemingly innocuous
engineering slides. And in some populations where broadband is endemic,
researchers have even seen streaming live web content. But the final result
is the same: audience and presenter are left with an empty feeling of
How and why ... (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)
Want to feel old? Sixteen years ago, in 1993, The Late Show with David
Letterman premiered on CBS. Where has the time gone?
Letterman, for most people, is synonymous with his 'Top Ten List.' It's such
a part of our culture that The Top Ten List even has its own Wikipedia entry.
Fun trivia, you're thinking, but how does this relate to executives?
Executives and lists have a long history together. Business leaders love to
make lists, they hand out lists, they read lists. Lists are popular with
everybody. You can't pick up a leading newspaper without finding a list of
something. Every... (more)
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)
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)