Business Strategy for Software Executives
April 24, 2006
Choking on Your Own Success
Success unleashes its own critical leadership challenges. Unless you deal with them, failure can follow. Here is how you can tame three such beasts.
By Brian Turchin, Cape Horn Strategies
Business success can be fleeting. One day, its champagne and caviar and the next its a Big Mac.
Why is that? Because success, by its very own nature, creates unforeseen and counter-intuitive leadership challenges.
It's like success pushes you through the proverbial looking-glass into a new world, where you discover, much to your surprise, that what worked before, no longer works now.
Here are three such leadership problems:
Overcoming each requires a new way of thinking.
The Power of Red Hat?
Purists might get upset by the fact over Red Hat's ambitions to lock up the so-called open source platform market, grafting JBoss onto the LAMP stack, but Tony Baer of onStrategies says there are corrective mechanisms in the open source playbook that will keep Red Hat from becoming the next Microsoft. Read more in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on open source.
Sales & the CEO
Why does the role of your chief executive seem to have evolved into head of the sales department? Software CEOs need to set forth strategies that reign in this process according to Jeff Thull in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on Sales & Marketing Best Practices.
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SIIA Software Strategy Summit
Geoffrey Moore, Ann Winblad, Tien Tzuo, Stephen O'Leary and Russ Daniels headline the Software & Information Industry Association’s Software Strategy Summit, where you’ll learn how to leverage changes in the industry brought on by SaaS, Open Source, Offshoring, and Security. Save $200 today when you register for this important event to be held May 15-16, 2006 in San Francisco.
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