At the time (back in the 70s) was IBM the best option? Ehh, there were probably some upstarts that could have potentially been much better.
But did that matter to the guy who was putting his reputation or even his career on the line? Nope, not a bit! Fear, uncertainty and doubt led rational people to continually opt for the safe and conservative option.
Today we have a new president.
In the liberal tech world Hillary Clinton was IBM. Would she be the best President? Ehh, probably not. She was the safe & conservative option; with her at the helm the chances of the US self-destructing would have been slim. Instead, America interestingly said that it’s ok with a little fear, uncertainty and doubt, in the form of Donald Trump.
So what will Trump be? Will Trump be the garage upstart that disrupts the entrenched political machine and gets us out of our democratic rut? Or is he just a conman selling us vaporware, that hopefully won’t take the rest of the country down with him?
At a recent coffee meeting a friend asked about a moving into the startup and technology world. He’s interested in changing careers but not sure how to go about it, if he’d be able to do it successfully, or if he’s crazy for even wanting to switch.
I’ve seen many people make the switch – some successfully and some not as much.
Perhaps the biggest lesson out of the gate is that it’s up to you. Nobody is going to magically transform your career except you!
There is good news and bad news. The good news is, it matters very little what their current idea is for their startup, because EVERYTHING IS DEPENDENT ON THEM PERSONALLY. Then I told them that the bad news was the same…it matters very little what their current idea is, EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON THEM.
Similarly when looking to change your career, the good news is that the control is all in your own hands. The bad news is the same, it’s only in your hands.
What if, as a Business Analyst, your approach to managing requirements could also apply to managing people? That’s an interesting proposition, right?
If you already have BA skills this makes the transition into a team leadership role easy. And as we’ll see, this management style is also well-suited to get the most out of the young knowledge workers filling up the modern entrepreneurial organization.
Within the technology industry there’s still a spectrum between marketing and engineering companies. Where does your company lie? It’s an important question to know. The answer impacts nearly all facets of how you operate.
Deep down, are you a marketing company? Does your company calculate its brand value and aspire to top this list someday?
Or are you an engineering company? It might be obvious, like the team over at Boston Dynamics: