Operating Systems for Organizations

Coming up on my 6-month anniversary as the new CTO, so I’m in a reflective mood. Today I want to round up some of the pithy sayings shared here to provide a sort of “wisdom of the elders” foundation for whatever comes next…

guiding principles:

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu.

–quoted by both Steele403 and G-lo as responses to blog posts

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast – Ford Motor Company

–quoted by Steele403 in a blog commentary

Assuming the above two quotes are basic operating principles for organizations, we should then understand that culture trumps everything–your strategy, your tactics, your smarts, your l33t skillz, etc. So, how to create the right culture? And, even if you create the right culture locally, within your IT department, does it really matter if the greater organization’s culture seems guided toward doom? Seems, for example, reactionary, all “tactics without strategy,” lacking a clear identity or singular mission?

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