As I discussed my business, Kathy Mast Consulting, with Gartner analysts at the recent conference, they recommended that I turn my experience with aligning and enhancing the business and I/T relationship into a book. This was not the first time a colleague has suggested this. I keep putting it on the "back burner" because of the time and effort I know it will require. Don't get me wrong, I'm an advocate of hard work and investing "over and above," but I've enjoyed having a little more spare time after completing my Executive MBA degree. At least as much spare time as having a family and building a consulting practice allows.
I thought about this recently as I recommended to several executives that they aggressively confront the opportunity to plan when they first identify a new acquisition or strategic business initiative. Often the approach is to "jump in and test the waters" to determine the best approach and investment return opportunities, as well as business commitment levels. Obviously, that approach has its merits or it would not be the standard practice. But the rewards can potentially be much richer when leadership goes through the process of analysis, ideation, goal setting, contingency planning and defining the vision and outcomes for measurable improvements in business results.
Now is the time to begin planning to write-or create-our next best story-or book on working together to win the battle for global business leadership.