Secrets of the superbosses
By Sydney Finkelstein

“Superbosses share a number of key personality traits. They tend to be extremely confident, competitive, and imaginative. They also act with integrity and aren’t afraid to let their authentic selves shine through,” writes Sydney Finkelstein. In this article, Finkelstein shares the three types of superbosses, and how they hire and hone talent (hint: It typically involves “seeking out unusually gifted people who are capable of rewriting the definition of success.”) If you aspire to achieve superboss status (or just want to pick up a few tips), download this Harvard Business Review article. 

What so many strategists get wrong about digital disruption
By Freek Vermeulen

“Judging by the headlines and opening lines of recent articles and business books, digital is about to disrupt your industry and you with it – unless you act now (and buy the book),” writes Freek Vermeulen. “It would be terribly naïve to assume that nothing in your business will need to change. However, some of the most common beliefs about how this will happen, repeated by conference speakers, self-proclaimed gurus, and consultants, have been oversimplified, misunderstood, or misapplied. In most “normal businesses,” the impact of digital will be different than for digital behemoths like Amazon, Google, and Facebook.” In this Harvard Business Review article, Vermeulen shares four misconceptions about digital disruption.  
 

Be your own best advocate
By Deborah M. Kolb

Most people are good at being their own best advocate when they know a certain situation will require it, for instance, a job interview. Most people are not so good at identifying impromptu opportunities to be their own best advocate when they show up on the fly. In this Harvard Business Review article, Deborah M. Kolb, writes that professionals caught off-guard may feel stymied when it comes to negotiating for themselves. She has a proven four-step strategy that will allow people to "come away not only successful but also held in high regard by bosses and colleagues."

Retaining your data scientists
By Michael Li

As enterprises increasingly rely on big data, data scientists are in high demand. "McKinsey estimated that we will be facing a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 data scientists by 2018." How then will employers attract and retain the data scientists they've worked so hard to train? In this Harvard Business Review article, Michael Li, a data scientist who has worked at Google and Foursquare, and Andreessen Horowitz, outline three categories of best practices to keep these employees motivated.

The truth about blockchain
By Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani

“True blockchain-led transformation of business and government, we believe, is still many years away,” write authors Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani. “That’s because blockchain is not a ‘disruptive’ technology, which can attack a traditional business model with a lower-cost solution and overtake incumbent firms quickly. Blockchain is a foundational technology: It has the potential to create new foundations for our economic and social systems. But while the impact will be enormous, it will take decades for blockchain to seep into our economic and social infrastructure. The process of adoption will be gradual and steady, not sudden, as waves of technological and institutional change gain momentum.” That insight and its strategic implications are what the authors explore in this Harvard Business Review article.

IT as the new strategic revenue driver
By The Enterprisers Project

Increasingly, IT leaders are being seen as revenue generators for their organizations. It’s by no means a new mandate, but it’s one that’s gaining steam as IT’s role takes on even more prominence in organizations. In this roundtable discussion, three leading IT executives share why they believe IT needs to shed the cost center mentality and become top-line producers. 

Competing for IT's most elusive resource: Talent
By The Enterprisers Project

Talent shortages in IT are nothing new. In fact, CIO Magazine devoted a special issue to the topic in the early 1990s. Even with recent technology slowdowns and whole layers of the IT stack being abstracted at a dizzying pace, the unemployment rate for most IT jobs remains close to zero. Skilled technologists are being recruited in the same way sports prodigies are, often after their first year of college. To look for solutions in this talent-constrained environment, The Enterprisers Project gathered four top IT executives from the Greater Atlanta area for dinner and an evening of conversation. Download the roundtable for the conversation highlights. 

Surviving the IT talent crisis
By Harvard Business Review Analytic Services

Surviving the IT talent crisis has become a critical component in a company's ability to compete and succeed in the digital economy. CIOs must collaborate with HR leaders to overhaul legacy approaches to finding, attracting, and retaining IT talent that is capable of keeping up with the demands of digital transformation, according to new research by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

Learn practical, actionable advice from CIOs and business leaders who are defining the new best practices for IT talent management. Download the full report: “IT Talent Crisis: Proven Advice from CIOs and HR Leaders.”

Software: The true competitive differentiator
By The Enterprisers Project

Almost every company uses software these days, but what can we learn from companies using it to their best business advantage? In this Enterprisers Project virtual roundtable, we gathered five IT leaders from a range of industries to discuss new frontiers of software advantage, including how to build a software-centric culture, open new markets with software, and how to use open source as a development accelerator. Download the conversation to find out how these leading IT executives are evolving their organizations to be more software-centric.

The Internet of Things: Moving from vision to execution
By The Enterprisers Project

With Internet of Things expected to be a $1.7 trillion market in 2020, an “Internet of Everything” future seems inevitable, and it's creating both exciting opportunities and unknown security risks for enterprise IT. The Enterprisers Project asked a group of IT leaders to share their thoughts on moving from vision to execution while minimizing challenges along the way. Learn how leading organizations are identifying the right IoT opportunities while minimizing their security risks.

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