Former CIO of Taco Bell
Charles talks about finding balance. That you need to be willing to “jump into the deep end of the pool” – to step out and take the risks that make sense – but that you also shouldn’t just jump into any and every pool. He challenges us:
- To be bold, but to maintain balance.
- To be ambitious, but to not lose our soul in the process.
- And most of all, to take action right now. To not over analyze, to not wait, but to step forward and act.
What I think that he was really talking about is finding balance. That you need to be willing to "jump into the deep end of the pool" - to step out and take the risks that make sense - but that you also shouldn't just jump into any and every pool.
More than anything else, Charles challenged us to act now and to not wait. I asked you to go ahead and identify the action that you would take tomorrow to respond to Charles' challenge. Did you do it? Did you tweet it as part of the Twitter Chat? Did you post it in the show comments?
If not, I promise you that taking that first action, that first step, is the most important. In fact, you might consider it your first act of boldness. So don't be afraid. Instead, be bold. Tell the world what pool you will be diving into - the action that you're going to take right now to take your first steps on your own transformational journey.
There is no right or wrong answer. The only way that you can fail at this is by not doing it. So be bold. Take action. And then follow it through. Tell us what it is and encourage others to do the same. You'll be glad you did.
About The TransformIT Show
What does the future hold for IT organizations?
And what will that mean for their future leaders?
These questions are explored during each episode of the TransformIT Show.
Host Charles Araujo interviews business executives, IT leaders, futurists and industry experts to understand how their career and experiences shed light on what the future holds for business and the IT organizations that power them. Most importantly, our guests share their advice for all future leaders about how to survive and thrive in the Digital Era.
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight and has been quoted or published in Time, CIO, Computerworld, USA Today, and Forbes.