Posted by: Jack Santos
...and now a word from my reading list. I am not totally boring…"Loving Frank" (about Frank Lloyd Wright’s love life) has been sharing reading time with "The Last Lecture", and "Mrs. Astor Regrets". But I do read business books, too.
For me, when the words “IT alignment with business” come up, I need to stop the urge to throw the source out the window. Often a consultant, sometimes a book. Like the chart on the right: simple alignment? NOT! Arrrggghh!
Occasionally a business book hits the shelves that stands out. In February, it was “The Three Laws of Performance” by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan. By March my copy (sorry, no Kindle here) had its share of sticky notes, underlines, and highlights. For a leader looking to change the organization, it’s a mix of old and new insight, and a quick read at first. Its advice extends far beyond the work world, based on some old fads: Werner Erhard’s EST, and the “Forum” (now Landmark’s Forum). But don’t let that turn you off.
The laws are solid, the examples good, and the approach excellent. It’s the kind of transformational thinking that we need in these economic times. Best of all “alignment” is not in the text.