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.
Founder & Institute Fellow
Charles Araujo is a technology analyst and internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and Leadership in the Digital Era who advises technology companies and enterprise leaders on how to navigate the transition from the Industrial Age to the Digital Era. Having spent over thirty years in the technology industry, he has been researching Digital Transformation long before it became the uber-buzzword of today, and is now focused on helping Digital Era Leaders prepare themselves and their organizations as the macro trends of the primacy of the customer and the primacy of the algorithm collide, ushering us into what he calls The New Human Age.
Principal Analyst with Intellyx, founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation, author of three books, and most recently the co-founder (with his wife) of The MAPS Institute, he is a sought-after keynote speaker and has been quoted or published in CIO, Time, InformationWeek, CIO Insight, NetworkWorld, Computerworld, USA Today, and Forbes.