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Organizational Change Management in the Real World

As part of the journey to become World Class at Schuff Steel, we committed to improving our organizational change management program and methodology. Organizational Change Management is a high priority because of the impact we knew it would have to the organization. We realized this would be critical due to the amount of change we were forcing … Continue reading


Think. Plan. Do. Think Develop a Think Rhythm to strengthen your position for future growth or opportunities, evaluate winning moves, and help your team focus on what to do annually, quarterly, weekly to advance your goals Plan Execution planning helps teams understand what they are supposed to do, giving them energy and focus to achieve … Continue reading

6 Steps to Creating the Vision to Become a World-Class IT Organization

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as … Continue reading

Developing the Strategy to be World-Class

In my previous blog, I talked about the CEB assessment that resulted in the magic quadrant shown below. Although, I don’t think all of the potentially over-allocated items are accurate, what it does display is the areas that my team and I have determined have the highest ROI to focus on. You can’t focus on … Continue reading

Anatomy of a World Class IT Organization

Does your company have a World-Class IT Organization? Unless you know what one looks like, how would you know? I mentioned in my last blog that I utilized tools from the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) that were helpful in assessing and measuring the current state of my IT organization. Regardless of how you get there, … Continue reading

The First 90 Days – Part I

Since I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary at Schuff International, I thought it appropriate to look back on how I approached my first 90 days on the job before moving on to discussing strategy on how to build a world-class IT organization. And when I say strategy, that is because we are … Continue reading

Does Anyone Really Know if Cloud Computing Reduces IT Costs?

According to a recent Rackspace survey of 1300 US and UK businesses, 66% stated that cloud computing saved them money (Published on Virtualization Review). While I don’t doubt that cloud computing can save companies money, I have to question whether the survey respondents have their IT Service costs unitized in a way that allows them to … Continue reading

Players Know the Score

Ask any CEO or business leader about their last quarter and they will be able to tell you what was good and what was bad, based on industry standard metrics such as net sales, profitability, or earnings per share. Ask a CIO or IT leader how their last quarter was and they might give you … Continue reading

Marissa Mayer – Hero or Zero?

By now, we have all heard the news about Marissa Mayer’s (Yahoo! CEO since July 2012) decision to end the telecommute privileges for Yahoo!’s employees. Of course, some people think this is harsh and others think she is making the right move. My boss gave me feedback one time that I was too “black and white” about … Continue reading

Let the (Cloud) Games Begin!

In case you missed CIO.com’s list of “10 Hot Cloud Startups to Watch” article on March 4th, I have consolidated the list of companies and what they do for a little different perspective. This suggests that there are still a lot of different business models to be explored in cloud computing and that there is … Continue reading