The Uncomfortable CEO

The Uncomfortable CEO

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Exceptional CEOs approach work in a very consistent fashion. They are uncomfortable!

The Uncomfortable CEO: Making Information Technology Overcome Business Uncertainty is a handbook for CEOs and other senior executives that both lays out the argument for leveraging IT’s key role (overcoming business uncertainty) and provides guidance for doing so successfully.

You can read more about the book here.

Four Characteristics of the Uncomfortable CEO:

Curiosity: They always want to know what’s going on in their company, and what’s going on in the world.

Reality: They may have dreams, but they compare those dreams to reality to determine what can be applied within their company.

Drive Results: Successful CEOs always deliver results.

Never Settle: In spite of all the challenges in their lives, they continue to push hard for their vision.

In the 21 Century, All Innovation Must Be Enabled by IT

You cannot innovate anything in any aspect of human society today without an IT component.

In many cases, companies launch campaigns without IT. They deliver a new product - the whole idea - without IT. And then, in the last mile of their journey, they say, “Okay, now let’s bring the IT guys to connect the server and install the drivers.”

As you can imagine, this approach will fail. It’s too expensive, and incomplete, and at the end of the day it will crash because it doesn’t have IT-enabling capabilities.

Why is this?

IT Doesn’t Explain the Real Value That They Bring

Oftentimes, IT focuses only on the technology and the gadgets, and has a hard time explaining the value that they bring to the corporation.

IT provides 3 Key Elements:

  1. Driving a transformational business model
  2. Enabling decision making
  3. Leading innovation

IT deserves to sit at the table. But IT needs to have an elevator message to make sure that it can explain the essence of their contribution to the company.

The Uncomfortable CEO understands all of this, and is willing to put in the time to make sure that IT gets a voice in business decisions.

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