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IT Hour | 16 February 2024 | IT Strategy with Dr. Ken Russell

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This week we had a conversation with Ken Russell about IT Strategy, what it means, and how to carve out time to do one. We may have had some technical difficulties along the way but we powered through anyway and were able to give away some prizes again. Yay! 

Community Update

IT Strategy

  • All organizations are IT organizations (paraphrase) — Jamie Dimon, CEO of Chase
  • We have a seat at the table . . . now what? (Like the dog that caught what it was chasing)
  • IT Strategy must link to the Business Strategy
  • Four Phases:
    • Approach
    • Initiation
    • Fusion
    • Measures (not metrics . . not yet)
  • No strategy would be complete without specific, next step possibilities designed to improve and grow business functions
  • One last thought: the value /importance of access, candor, and vision
  • L-I-S-T-E-N

    A helpful learning mnemonic is the acronym: LISTEN.

    Listening is perhaps the most important tool for a thoughtful leader. A thoughtful leader listens authentically, taking time to absorb what is happening all around. 

L — Learn
Try to learn as much as you can about as much as you can, from others, from the environment, from your team — learn from everything that's around you.
I —  Interpret
Take what you have learned and  use it to interpret what it means and represents for your organization, and for the individuals on your team.
S — Shape
Everyone around you will tend to gravitate to what they know; learn to help them shape what they know and bring new ideas and new ways of thinking to the organization
T —Transform
Be ready for transformation, not mere change (where things may also change back or revert to the way things were). Be ready to transform the organization and go a new direction instead of just going the same old way.
E — Evolve
Evolution occurs when you're effective at all these things. A thoughtful  leader evolves.
N — Nurture
Take the time and the opportunity to nurture your team; help them along, say connected and engage them with regular conversations. A thoughtful leader  is always ready to nurture next.

IT News

The missing black cat with a $15 million award (the verge)

More info:
Reward for Information: Alphv/Blackcat Ransomware as a Service - United States Department of State

Nvidia passes Google’s market cap, now world’s fourth most valuable company (ars technica)

Backdoors that let cops decrypt messages violate human rights, EU court says (ars technica)

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