Mistakes are the currency of growth, if you can embrace them
Eighteen months ago, I left a great job at a global financial institution to join a fintech startup just coming off its seed funding round. At the time, the company had just three employees who were designing our early products out of a small coworking space. Like many professionals taking a less-trodden path, I found […]
Get out the microscope, and engage the Board in what you find
The majority of mergers fail to meet their intended goals. For those that are successful, the top reasons, per the KPMG Board Leadership Center, are, in order of importance: Well executed integration plan A correct valuation Effective due diligence A well executed integration plan depends on effective due diligence. Frequently, not enough time is spent […]
Join our Corporate Innovators Council?
Corporate innovators are building an innovation community to actively engage, support and educate each other. We share best practices and ideate around key challenges in a vendor free and very collaborative environment. Since its inception in 2016, activities include: Innovation organization review: members review their innovation organization’s evolution, org structure, positions, responsibilities, process, tools, methodologies, […]
Bootstrap your brain
Lexy Prodromos, a fellow active learner (see Out Work and Out Learn Everyone!), truly bootstrapped her way into a prominent role in the blockchain ecosystem. Now a Research and Marketing Strategist at Bloq, Inc., and the Director of Operations for the Chicago Blockchain Center, her journey shows how to build your value and seize an opportunity. We worked together […]
Digital transformation in a tight labor market…
Data is the foundation of digital transformation, and the skilled talent is hard to find. A McKinsey report predicted that by 2018, the US will be short by 140,000-190,000 people with “deep analytical skills” and 1.5 million managers with expertise in understanding and using their work. This is true across industries, including government. During my recent tenure […]
Mergers can ignite innovation...
Innovation happens when different people interact in new ways. In our interconnected world, ideas, news, commerce, and even economic turbulence jump borders and drive change. The barriers between us are coming down, and this is at the heart of the incredible innovation we are seeing today. Organizations, however, are not nearly as frictionless. In merger […]
Advice to IT on communicating their value to the business and Board
How can IT better communicate it’s value to the rest of the organization? While there will always be issues to address, IT won’t be considered partners and peers with the rest of the business if dialog is stuck on tactical issues or technical difficulties. Instead, frame the discussion in terms of strategic business value. For an […]