Published on: Friday, November 22, 2013
While he served as the Chief Information Officer of the United States government, Vivek Kundra was charged with managing IT's role within the government. Kundra, who accepted the job in January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office, explained to World Innovation Forum attendees, how he became responsible for managing government technology spending that totaled $80 billion.
Kundra said there was a lack of innovation happening "in the name of security. The focus was primarily inward, not on citizens and citizen services and how you transform them. The shift to cloud computing actually enabled that transformation."
Published on: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The most recent US Jobs Report was a very good one, indicating over 200K+ jobs were added to the economy in October. This job creation was a surprise to economists, as they were only expecting a little over 100,000 jobs to be added. The day before, the US government indicated that in the third quarter US GDP grew at 2.8 percent, again above economists' expectations.
What does it mean to executives in a job search or leaders looking to add to their teams?
Published on: Monday, November 18, 2013
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, John O'Connor, an executive career strategist joined me. A member asked: "During a recent interview I was asked if I have a blog. My answer was no. I doubt that's why I didn't get the job, but now I am wondering if that would have helped my chances. To increase my brand and brand visibility, should I start one?"
Published on: Friday, November 15, 2013
I was listening to Jack Welch the other day, and he gave good advice on how to hire the best person for the job and what to look for. It wasn't too surprising at first... but then he added a final thought on what's really important that changed my view.
Jack started with "smarts" and "integrity" — which are almost a given for all the good candidates. "Smarts" is not just IQ but common sense as well. If a candidate's integrity and values don't match your organization's values — let them succeed elsewhere.
Jack then outlined what he uses to distinguish the "best" candidates from the "good" candidates. He calls it "The four Es and one P."
Qualities of the best leaders:
Published on: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
John Kao, called "Mr. Creativity" by The Economist
, believes innovation is not yet a field – but it's getting there. "A field is a body of knowledge and best practices and professional standards that are somewhat measurable when there's a coherent framework for discussion," said. "We are heading in that direction. In my opinion, innovation is in beta."
Kao noted how mental maps are decisive and that those maps can determine reality. "Think about the mental maps now exploding in terms of different modifiers and nuances around the term 'innovation,'" he said. Among the types of innovation Kao mentioned included reverse innovation, open source innovation, digital innovation, large-scale innovation, user-centered innovation, design thinking, indigenous innovation, and sustainability innovation.