Marian F. Cook

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Marian Cook is a speaker, author, and business and technology leader. She has over 25 years experience across multiple industries and countries, including leadership positions in strategy, management, operations, technology and leadership and business development.

Her leadership has been recognized by “The Influential Woman in Business Award” presented by NAWBO and The Business Ledger, and as one of “The Top 100 People of Chicago’s High Tech Community” by I-Street magazine.

Ms. Cook coauthored Selling Your Business For More, a book on improving business and technology performance prior to sale (Macmillan, 2010). She has been quoted in Crain’s, The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, CIO Magazine and The Business Ledger. Ms. Cook has been a guest lecturer at DePaul, Loyola and Northwestern Universities and Archeworks Design School, focusing on business and technology strategies and their execution, and leadership development. She was a Subject Matter Expert Editor for McGraw-Hill and a columnist for IT Contractor magazine on leading a professional services organization.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Marian F. Cook and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Looking in the right places: Getting real about finding women tech talent

No more heroes: View problems as solvable together

No more heroes: View problems as solvable together

To solve business problems and improve business performance, think holistically and actively get more brains on the problem. Listen to multiple perspectives, keep panic at bay and view problems as solvable together.

Putting the pieces together: A connector extraordinaire of the IBM ecosystem

Putting the pieces together: A connector extraordinaire of the IBM ecosystem

General manager of IBM ecosystems and social business evangelism is a big, broad title. Sandy Carter discusses what it means, how she got there and how to make internal and external parties work together for a common goal.

From Vietnam to the record books: A hard path drives civic commitment

From Vietnam to the record books: A hard path drives civic commitment

Coming to the U.S. at age 12 with nothing, Duy-Loan Le created an astounding technology and civic leadership career. She discusses her concept of harmony, keeping connected with the wider world, and helping others achieve success and...

Stretch, tackle and question: One CTO's career advice

Stretch, tackle and question: One CTO's career advice

Constantly stretching to tackle problems that matter, building strong questioning skills and challenging the status quo are key to enjoying your career.

Leadership begins between your own two ears

Leadership begins between your own two ears

Career advice from the retiring CISO of IBM.

Zig-zagging to success: A career in motion

An accomplished leader in academia, not-for-profits, philanthropy, private equity and boards of directors talks about a surprising career fueled by curiosity, passion, discovery and innovation.

Lessons from a serial entrepreneur: Reputation is everything

How can a small to midsize company compete against the marketing budgets of their biggest rivals? A serial entrepreneur finds a way by digitizing and amplifying the power of reputation.

IT is best from the outside in

A savvy CIO describes her path from outside to inside IT.

Opening up to self-invention, opportunity creation and even golf

Opening up to self-invention, opportunity creation and even golf

In a Q&A, David Nichols, a top professional services executive, discusses how his view of himself, his job and his opportunities changed over time.

Tackling tough transitions: Advice from a top IBM executive

Tackling tough transitions: Advice from a top IBM executive

The ability to manage transitions is key to a successful career. Linda Sanford, one of the highest ranking women at IBM before retiring just weeks ago as senior vice president, enterprise transformation, discusses how she navigated...

Practical innovation: Getting real on getting creative

The word innovation can inspire either great enthusiasm or a lot of eye-rolling. While it’s a huge driver for the technology industry globally, we know that locally it can crash against the reality of resource and tactical...

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