I found this note in my Evernote after attending the MIT-CIO event. For IT professionals I recommend attending this event alternate years (not much changes year to year I think) if not for anything else but to hear Andrew McAfee, one of the more entertaining and brilliant academics I have met. Anyway among the topics for discussion was the developing relationship paradigm between Chief Information Officers and Chief Marketing Officers and the race for resources between them. One speaker commented that this is becoming an even more important relationship than the one with the CFO.
There are a ton of business books published every year that describe how to lead, how to develop strategy, how to build companies that last, some that are good, some that are great and a few that are memorable. But nothing like a book that I had been meaning to read for a long time and just finished. Walter Isaacson’s biography of that mercurial, volatile, charismatic, reviled by some, loved by some and respected by all builder of the most valuable company in the world, “Steve Jobs”, rates up there among one of the best business books I have read. I realize now after reading this book, how I, as billions of other people on this planet, came to assimilate the genius of his thinking and evolve into a household that has adopted all Apple devices and a has become a long term investor in its shares. And to add a personal note, I was also happy to read of the impact that India had on him from his teenage days, in separating the essential from the superfluous, in his unique design philosophy.
#ChangeAgents are leaders who “illuminate the way” and manage friction of stepping outside the status quo. Anyone can be a change agent, you do not have to wait to receive formal authority to do so. We need more people willing to step outside of expectations because our world is changing rapidly, in several cases exponentially, and if all we do is meet expectations and the status quo — we will fall behind as organizations, as teams, and as societies.
If I could make one prediction for 2016, and one prediction only, it would be that networks of GSD’ers, a.k.a. positive “change agents”, will be ever-increasingly important. Networked GSD’ers will need to include human and technology nodes, to include smart algorithms and other automated approaches to help augment human abilities.
As 2015 winds down and 2016 nears
am thankful for friends and work done this year
Thankful for those who share different views online
our rapidly changing world requires discourse that’s kind
Thankful for opportunities to make a positive impact
thankful for diverse insights and folks willing to act
Thankful most of all for positive change agents “getting stuff done”
overcoming obstacles with energy and making work fun