Monday, December 22, 2014

Booz's Mike McConnell on Change Arc

When he was around 10 years old, Mike McConnell made a commitment to never be afraid of change. Here he shares how that outlook translated into anticipating threats as an intelligence officer and embracing technology.
Some of us go on the notion that the status quo is a ballast, an anchor, a mooring; while others seem innately keen to rock the boat, stir the pot, or rouse the sleeping dog.  In Myers-Briggs language, the former may be more Sensing (facts) and Judging (planning) as opposed to the latter who may be more Intuitive (possibilities) and Perceiving (spontaneous).  Clearly McConnell fits the latter profile.  Because there seems to be a mass of people camped in the former, he has had to pound the pavement - that is, with articles and talks - on getting companies to recognize, appreciate and understand that digital technology was afoot and cyber threats along with it.  Not everyone has change in his or her DNA, in the way it was for McConnell, so the challenge is to reprogram that DNA, as McConnell has to had to do with clients, so the CEO himself or herself can see over the horizon.

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