Thornton A. May
Every day, contemporary executives confront a series of inflection points, where received wisdom is no longer adequate.
While the path-to-mastery pattern is conceptually simple, successfully executing it requires courage, perseverance and patience.
Futurist Thornton A. May foresees bright futures for IT professionals who strive to integrate value-creating IT behaviors into every nook and cranny of the enterprise.
The rock: Users want to use their smartphones for work. The hard place: Security is deficient. All CIOs are caught between the two.
For the CIO job, things are going to get bigger, better and different on a massive scale.
Columnist Thornton A. May says in 2014, IT leaders will need to have regularly scheduled meetings that actively and aggressively seek to make sense of the changing world around them.
In the history of computing, enterprise IT has rarely ever been prepared for the future. But we can't go on that way.
Evolving technology buying behaviors deserve much more rigorous management attention than they have been getting.
When CEOs talk about IT cost management, they don't mean they want to spend less on IT. They just want to spend smarter.
Since it is virtually impossible to find all needed analytical skills resident in the same human being, it might be wise to adopt an 'ensemble' approach to your organization's deficit in those skills. Insider (registration required)
Knowing the future is a big part of the new IT skill set. But if you are going to find the future, you have to know where to look for it.
For IT leaders, the two biggest looming challenges are learning to think outrageously and to be brutally honest. Insider (registration required)
In an era when any real-world object can be IP-addressable, connectedness will become an important metric.
The iconic 'gold watch' career path, in which people stay with the same employers for their entire working lives, has become anachronistic, says Thornton A. May. Today, the most important skill is the ability to acquire new skills. Insider (registration required)
The 'stupid' in question involves our living in a technologically complex world where only a tiny fraction of us actually understands how any of this stuff works. Insider (registration required)
What business is IT in today? What business should it be in tomorrow? What should the 'I' in 'CIO' signify?
2013 will be the year technologists rediscover storytelling, crafting scenarios of what the future might look like and envisioning worlds that take full advantage of the technology wonders available to us, says futurist Thornton A. May.
Futuring is not what you do when you are finished with the imagined real work of operations.
The organizations that will prosper in the future are those led by people who have imagined a future they want to live in.
Thornton May's thinking about executive identity has meandered as far back as our hunter-gatherer forebears.