The Challenge to Succeed – Where Business meets Technology

An introduction to this blog

Over many years, I have talked with scores of business leaders about their struggles to realize the economic potential of their business ideas. The storylines follow a common pattern. They have a good vision of where they want to go, they can see a path to get there, and they need technology tools to support their initiative. Then they run smack into the business technology (BT) challenge.

Mountain-Road“We saw the opportunity coming, we were ahead of the market, Bob went to IT and disappeared for three years, by the time he came back, the opportunity had been captured by our competitors”.

“We knew what we needed, hired consultants, did a study, compared the alternatives and carefully picked the solutions we firmly believed was the right answer for us. Then the implementation went on and on and on. The project has costs us five times what we thought it would and we are still not implemented”.

“We formed a committee, had all the right leaders on it, we bought the best solution on the market. We know it would help our organization go to the next level, but our people won’t use it”. It has become “ShelfWare”, or the new and improved, “CloudWare”.

“We bought the best solution for us in every category, front office, back office, ERP, CRM, LOB, etc. As our business has grown, we are forced to use more and more administrative time and people to keep the software’s working together, our vision has become a nightmare”.

“We are not finding the deals, not getting a seat at the table. We are barely visible on the internet search engines, my past experience with Adwords wasn’t very effective and got very expensive.”

I’ve heard versions of these quotes from many smart, motivated, successful business people. Are there really so many pitfalls and difficulties on the road to BT success? Are there people that know how to succeed with BT that won’t cost me a fortune?

“Yes there are!”, answers both questions. The roadmap to success must be well planned, constructed with clarity, simplified in a jungle of complexity, balanced properly for short and long term tradeoff’s, and guided by a trusted advisor that has the experience, wisdom, and the integrity to keep your best interest in front.

It is to address these challenges that led me to decide to start up the solutions division of Sympatico Resources and this blog. I will be sharing client challenges (anonymously), past experiences, and insights to help you capture opportunities and avoid pitfalls.  Some post will be more business oriented, others more technology, but the main focus will be how to successfully utilize technology to improve business results.

Real Job Security

“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else.  Job security is an illusion.  The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!” — Earl Nightingale

188065235I work with candidates looking for full time and contract positions.  Many that are looking for full time say they want the security. Those looking for contract say they want the flexibility.  Although I understand this thought process, I truly believe that just as Earl Nightingale stated above, the only security and flexibility you have in your career is what you make of it.

Job security comes from making sure that your daily performance is more then what is expected.  Be smart, be willing, be excited, be humble, be dependable, be a top performer in whatever you are given so that you always stand out.  Job security should have nothing to do with the position you hold in a company.  If you are genuinely good at what you do and stand out as a top performer, then you should not have to worry about whether your job is secure..

According to an article in there are 14 important things to do if you want to stand out at work:

  1. Be noticeable
  2. Be a Team Player
  3. Develop a unique knowledge base or skill
  4. Be positive
  5. Cultivate a life outside of work
  6. Learn more
  7. Pay attention to the decisions you make
  8. Take responsibility for the mistakes you make
  9. Super performer, super employee
  10. Network
  11. Share your knowledge and your experience
  12. Stick it out when the going gets tough
  13. Say “yes” to opportunities that come your way
  14. Always do your best, no matter what the task

Each of us has control of whether we will be a person who stands out.  Each of us has control over whether we will be a top performer.  If you go into each day with a focus on standing out and doing a great job, then you will own your career!