How to talk technology with your CEO and the Board

How to talk technology with your CEO and the Board

Technology is a key element of any modern business today and is often seen as critical to success – and failure. However, articulating the best way to harness technology to the most senior members of any organisation takes a lot more than technical expertise.

I have had the great privilege of working with many IT experts during my career. I have witnessed brilliance first hand in many back offices, where technical gurus have solved problems, created incredible solutions and toiled through the night to ensure that systems keep working. Often this hard work and tenacity goes un-noticed and un-appreciated. Many within the organisation are oblivious to the geniuses that walk amongst them.

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Charles Darwin was right – it really is survival of the fittest

Charles Darwin was right – it really is survival of the fittest

The theory of evolution by natural selection applies as much to the workplace as it does to other organisms and their ability to adapt and change.

As Darwin[1] explained back in 1859, survival of the fittest is all about the ability to adapt and change according to the environment. The same rules apply to the corporate world. If I still operated today as I did at the beginning of my career, I would find myself simply obsolete and out of touch.

I recently had the opportunity to present on “The Evolution of the Workplace” at a conference, and this gave me a reason to pause and reflect on my own career and the dramatic changes that I have witnessed first-hand.

There are some key themes that emerge from my personal experiences. This article is a quick overview of those key themes and the degree of change that I have witnessed. Although some areas still desperately need more evolution, it is obvious that change is constant. Embrace it we must!

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So, do you want to be a CEO?

So, do you want to be a CEO?

Look deep into your ambitious soul and ask yourself:  “Do you want to be a CEO?”

This year I have been busily looking for my next executive role. A role that would provide significant challenge, an opportunity to be creative and most importantly, a place where I can work with great people who are smart and know how to have fun.  That is my quest!

One of the questions that has popped up several times during interviews, networking catch ups and soul searching sessions with mentors has been a question that I sometimes struggle to answer. “So, do you want to be a CEO?”

My immediate reaction to this question is, “When I grow up?”.  Then follows a mixture of feelings including flattery, burning ambition, and an overriding sense of the “tall poppy syndrome”.[1] A battle in my brain between my ambition and my fear kicks in, followed swiftly by endless questions in my mind about how that could possibly happen.

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