At the Computerworld Premier 100 Conference, we’re discussing the usual stuff: Clouds, Cost Cutting, Competitive Advantage.
But what’s really ringing true, and encouraging dialogue, are the leadership stories that are shared. Maybe it’s the times.
While the market is dropping yet another 5% in a day, and most people are worried about their 401Ks, this group was focusing on how they get their troops through this and come out the other side. How to motivate, engage, keep focused.
In a time of layoffs (33% of the audience were seeing budgets DECREASE, 16% where letting people go), the battle cry (by Dawn Lepore, CEO of Drugstore.com) was “Get the right people on the bus, in the right seats”. ‘nuff said.
But the story that really touched many hearts was delivered by Brian Lurie of Stryker Orthopedics. Brian told us about how he motivated a dysfunctional IT department that had lost all the respect of the business. How? He did it with humor, with empathy, and with geese.
Yes, geese. Besides deciding what was important, and working the senior executive ranks, he turned his department around by setting the tone. One of his tools was a video by Saatchi & Saatchi, which he borrowed. By showing it over and over, and modeling its lessons, he met his goal of building a world class IT organization, and creating an IT culture that not only helped the company’s results, but helped his staff’s sense of confidence and self-pride.
Now that’s leadership -- needed today, now more than ever. Watch the video.