One of the most important questions to ask during a job interview or when preparing for an annual review is: "What constitutes success" or "what does success look like." For private sector organizations, there are often very easily quantifiable metrics: number and size of sales, or year-to-year growth. Even in the nonprofit sector, there can be widely-understood metrics: rate of growth for membership lists, the volume of participants at events, or the number of calls made or postcards sent during an awareness campaign.
IT Reform Bill, Redux. A bipartisan group of congressmen have unveiled a new IT acquisition reform bill, writes Sean Lyngaas, Federal Computer Week. The bill would create a Digital Government Office in OMB, headed by a presidentially-appointed, Senate confirmed CIO.
Recently, I was in an auditorium waiting for a distinguished lecturer. He came out to a standing ovation, and when everyone was seated, said: “Your applause is humbling; an hour ago my 14-year old daughter told me in no uncertain terms that I was cruel, unreasonable, and didn’t know anything about anything.”
The week featured a few high profile departures - at least high profile for the Jerry Maguire way in which they occurred. In addition to Glen Smith's NYT op-ed trashing of Goldman Sachs, we have this gem about Google's former James Whittaker. Each should be seen as a single voice, but the lessons therein may be useful for companies hoping to thrive in a connected century.