Tag Archives: Culture

Stuart Sackman, Corporate Vice President of Global Product and Technology for ADP

In this interview, Stuart Sackman, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The value of combining product and technology under one executive
  • The advantages of having multiple diverse roles in one organization for both the individual and the organization
  • Adapting in an evolving competitive landscape
  • Strategies for recruiting millenials and technologists
  • The development of Lifion, ADP’s innovation lab
  • Using hackathons to improve how services are developed and delivered
  • ADP Ventures: an internal team that builds and tests new product offerings

Ken Xie, Founder and CEO of Fortinet

In this interview, Ken Xie, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Staying agile and innovative in a dynamic field
  • The three elements of Fortinet’s culture: openness, teamwork and innovation
  • Fortinet’s Five Stages of Security
  • Forming an ecosystem of external partnerships to mitigate risk for customers
  • The significant impact Stanford’s entrepreneurial culture and industry connections had on Ken’s career path
  • Ken’s complimentary relationship with his brother and collaborator, Michael Xie
  • Attributes of an effective entrepreneur

General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.), Managing Partner at McChrystal Group and Former Commander Joint Special Operations Command

In this interview, General Stan McChyrstal (Ret.) Managing Partner at McChrystal Group and Former Commander Joint Special Operations Command , discusses World Class IT Principle One, People. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The connections between the speed of change, agility, and decision making
  • Recognizing that you can be technically and tactically correct, and still be functionally incorrect
  • The benefits gained from decentralization, pumping information down the organization, and harnessing insights from younger, less experienced team members
  • Building an organizational structure of organically connected small cohesive teams
  • Creating a mandate for necessary change in organizations that are comfortable with their status quo
  • The General’s upcoming book on leadership which explores the metrics of leadership

Ann Kono, Partner, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Risk Officer at Ares Management

In this interview, Ann Kono, Partner, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Risk Officer at Ares Management at Equinix, discussed World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. She also discussed:

  • The interplay of Ann’s dual role as Chief Information Officer and Chief Risk Officer
  • Data as the primary driver of success
  • Using technology to separate the signal from the noise in data
  • Balancing innovation and risk with a two-bucket approach
  • Creating a collaborative culture to increase innovation
  • The talent challenge
  • Eye on the trends: unified communications, robotics and natural language processing, and data management

David Trone, Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Total Wine & More

In this interview, David Trone, Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Total Wine & More discusses IT Principle One, People, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Total Wine & More’s bricks and clicks growth strategy
  • The evloution of the customer expereince in the adult beverage industry
  • The three Cs of Total Wine and More’s operating philoslphy
  • Doing business in a heavily regulated industry
  • Total Wine and More’s community involvment intitiatives
  • David’s campaign for the Democratic nominaiton in Maryland’s 8th Congressional Distrcit
  • The imporance of risk taking and failure
  • David’s favorite wine varietals

Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, Co-Authors of ‘How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life”

In this interview, Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, Co-Authors of ‘How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” discussed:

  • Design thinking
  • How “dysfunctional beliefs” constrain our choices
  • Design thinking tools: reframing, empathetic thinking, Odyssey Plans
  • Idea generation
  • Designing Your Life for Women

George Corbin, SVP of Digital at Marriott International

In this interview, George Corbin, Senior Vice President of Digital for Marriott International, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Marriott’s place among the highest revenue earners by a digital channel
  • The maturity curve and the challenge of disruption for incumbent companies
  • Advantages that incumbents have over startups in evolving industries
  • Disrupting your own organization
  • The millennial mindset that spans across multiple age demographics
  • Marriott’s transformation of the service experience
  • Leading and managing a transforming organization
  • The impact of Airbnb on the hospitality industry
  • Adapting across an organization to fundamental shifts in customers’ needs and expectations
  • The influence of culture and existing operating models on a company’s management of digital disruption
  • Marriott’s embracement of the localization of the travel experience
  • Characteristics of a successful Chief Digital Officer
  • Building alliances and coalitions to drive and support change
  • Using pilot programs to de-risk change for internal and external partners
  • Messaging as a service, not marketing

Terry Bradwell, Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Officer at AARP

In this interview, Terry Bradwell, Chief Enterprise Strategy and Innovation Officer of AARP, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships, and Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Terry’s role as AARP’s chief enterprise strategy and innovation officert
  • AARP’s innovation lab
  • Driving an IT team to “be” the business, not only support the business
  • AARP’s Formula for innovation: Innovation= Culture + Process
  • Why CIOs make great strategy leaders
  • AARP’s mission to close the digital literacy gap
  • AARP’s broad ecosystem of external partners

Bill Miller, CIO & SVP at NetApp

In this interview, Bill Miller, CIO of NetApp discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Bill’s role in NetApp’s transformation from a data storage to a data management company
  • NetApp’s internal product testing initiatives: Customer-1 and NetApp on NetApp
  • The development of NetApp’s Data Fabric for seamlessly managing data
  • The valuable feedback loop created when your CIO or IT peers are your customers
  • How a culture of fraternity and flexibility encourages innovation
  • The three topics on every CIO’s mind
  • The importance of civility and collaboration for successfully running an IT department in a tech organization
  • Pre-working the First 100 Days plan
  • Eye on the Trends: Companies utilizing a hybrid of cloud-based utilities; Pay-as-you-go cloud model

Brad Stone On The Past, Present, And Future Of Uber And Airbnb

Peter High interviews Brad Stone, Author of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World. They discuss the cultures of Airbnb and Uber, influences that continue to shape both companies, the importance of startups having a full, strong executive team to guide their growth, as well as a variety of other topics.