GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR – had to get that out of the way. I recently got a software upgrade over the network on my phone. It took 10-15 minutes and the phone was disabled during that time. The phone came back on and it went without a glitch. Voila – technology…
If you are involved in introducing any kind of “change”, “innovation”, process, technology etc., you may want to spend some time at your local zoo – at the chimpanzee exhibit. In fact, you may want to take your team there for a field trip – if nothing else; it will be a good bonding experience. You may be wary of me sending you to the animal kingdom one more time (bees) but bear (no pun intended) with me. If you were to go by the ten month study being conducted at the Lincoln Park Zoo, your team may actually learn some critical lessons about the spread of innovation.
“When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development.” – National Association for the Education of Young Children and Fred Rogers Center. This statement was a key message in a report that was published by these two organizations. So while many people think that technology is bad for toddlers and children, when used correctly it can be a good tool to help them develop. Advances in technology means that we must all adapt, which includes toddlers as well. We are now seeing more and more schools using Smartboards and tablets as a tool for teaching. This technology is being adopted more and more each day.
With annual IT spending topping two trillion dollars globally, it makes sense for organizations to assess whether they are receiving the value from these investments. Unfortunately, the answer often appears to be no. Why is this?
We had nine inches of snow in Chicago this week. What do you do when you are buried under a pile of snow? What else – get ready for Spring! Get organized and be ready to hit the ground running by March 20th, by identifying all that “stuff”…
Spring is still a month away, but looking ahead seems to make the winter go so much faster. January or February is the perfect time for companies to make improvements that will have a major impact on the current fiscal year. Instead of adding new staff, buying new technology or introducing a new business process, I would recommend “shopping your closet”. This is the third post in a series where I discussed the dilemma many companies face – they have a “closet” full of stuff (capable people, processes, tools, technology, etc.) but never seem to have anything to “wear”. A few weeks ago I suggested that there is a process to “Shop your Closet” which is methodical and time tested.