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Executives are surprised when things change. So much for innovation!

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Sometimes, some words are inspirational, some others make you wonder… (tks to Harvard Business Review and The Daily Stat)

Many executives are surprised when previously successful leadership approaches fail in new situations, but different contexts call for different kinds of responses. Before addressing a situation, leaders need to recognize which context governs it โ€” and tailor their actions accordingly.

I know someone that should rush to get out the credit card and buy the article/book/whatever..

If you then consider that the link above was “related products” to the following:

The average organization has the potential to more than double its ability to make and execute key decisions. On a decision-effectiveness scale of 0 to 100, the best companies score an average of 71, while most companies score only a 28, according to Marcia W. Blenko, Michael C. Mankins, and Paul Rogers, authors of Decide & Deliver: 5 Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your Organization.

๐Ÿ™‚ have a nice eve!!

Italian eGovernment.. that’s virtualisation of Nothing!!!!

September 26, 2007 Leave a comment

During the past few weeks….during the past few months… ok, fine, during the past few years Italy has been struggling in building up a decent Government infrastructure.. we’ve had it all, thieves, convicted ministries, leaders acting like stand-up comedians at international meetings, singing prime ministers, the whole lot of absurdities.. This was coupled by an appalling public finance management, the disappearance of billions of Euros into someone’s pocket and so forth.. it is impossible to follow it, let alone report it in a post so follow my advice, should you have a burning desire to know this circus and if you are really fitted with strong guts, and go for books such as “La Casta”….

However, in this sort of third world (please, no offense to the third world countries, utmost respect!) mess, Italian rulers have been so barefaced as to foster eGovernment initiatives.. needless to say you should have a Government as such before even remotely trying to apply any sort of virtualisation to it, but nevermind..

Another Italian miracle was accomplished swiftly, since the latest Cap Gemini report states Italy is at around mid-ranking in the eGov evaluation score, and is above par (82% vs. an average of 75%) in overall quality of the services available. (Note: this is not a miracle at all, but, hey, that’s all we have got on the menu these days…)

That is something the entire nation was actually waiting to know (as if…), now it seems Italians would also like to understand whether this immense wealth of technology and cyber-functionalities are able to find something like 98 billion Euros missing (vanished, evaporated really..) from the taxation of gaming machines (aka video pokers and so forth…) across the country… that is a nice amount of money, considering that the latest “Legge Finanziaria” (the sort of yearly set of financial and fiscal measures and activities…) wasn’t remotely close to half of that amount and it made the entire nation shivers in terror for starvation and missing holidays….. the 2008 “Finanziaria” is about 12 billion, as it has been reported, that makes 1/8 (rounded..) of the due amount… you find the money, Italy would happil y trail around for, say, the next five years??? An entire legislature??? wow…

We were such a grand country…damn..

China vs. the Pentagon!! And Seattle gets worried nonetheless…

September 4, 2007 Leave a comment

The Financial Times reported that last June some alleged Chinese hackers, and furthermore from the “People Liberation Army” cracked successfully the Ministry of Defense site!!! That’s the nicest one since “War Games” and “Matrix”…

As it seems, the Chinese army peeps into US (and some EU..) military or governative sites, the US does the same with China (heck, those are surprising news, aren’t they?????), and there it goes… but suddenly, something hit me: the name of the US Defence Secretary is Robert GATES!!!!

An unconfirmed rumor about Microsoft putting a ban on springrolls in cafeterias will definitely be crosschecked shortly…!!!!

Have you seen my brain anywhere?

May 16, 2007 2 comments

I have got some bookmarks pointing at crypto technology, I had been involved in analysing and assessing the security infrastructure of some large banks and telecoms, I had people discussing about triple DES, steganography, and other amazing ways of protecting information, companies, secrets, my mum’s recipe for apricot jam, then.. again.. the b@#ยง%y, desperately stupid humans!!!

THEY LOSE THEIR LAPTOPS!!!! Do come along…

As it has been said in a number of post, it all comes down to the human factor and, apart for the extremes of blatant silliness such as the above, we could also add “thanks God for that!” Still.. the number of stolen laptops is increasing (+18% or something) so, after all, humans are not all stupid, they are victims of baaaaad people, also.. wrong!!

“Although laptop thefts are often an opportunist crime, with thieves striking when the victim’s back is turned or their bag unguarded, security experts are warning that as criminals become more aware of the value of data on poorly protected laptops – which often exceeds any value there may be in selling the device second-hand – more targeted attacks could take place. “

Sensitive information, industrial secrets, market data, whatever, is all in someone’s hands. Nevermind that Mr. Someone hasn’t switched on the brain, on top of the Blackberry… So, most of times, all our nicely put, elegantly organised thoughts around technology impact, evolution, solutions, virtual worlds and so forth may actually be absolutely self-reassuring, auto-referential if we do not put into the equation the Human Variable, which is a totally unpredictable, movable feast! If it weren’t for humans, the World would be such a great place and civilisation could go a long way… cheer up!! We are not perfect as technology would like us to be!!! Or, at least, we are stupid/silly enough and happy about it (see our skills???)!

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Can’t believe…

April 26, 2007 Leave a comment

.. what you can actually do in 88 days, apart from becoming utterly curious…

  • You can circumnavigate the Sun, apparently,
  • and you can also visit 14 countries around the World (even more, if you come to that..),
  • and you may want to write a best seller in 88 days,
  • and you can actually change the World in 88 days,
  • or you go crazy because those are the days left to your wedding and you are still a fat cow, no, better, slightly overweight,
  • you can get you book published (is the one above?) in 88 days,

and few other nice bits of creativity.. Ok, I did it back in1985, does that count for anything???

Gosh.. this is really a stupid post.. mind you, Google did help me out on this!!!!!!!!

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