Windward Insights

Stepping Away From a "Go Your Own Way" Mentality

Published Aug. 22, 2013
Written by Michele Darwin

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You know you’re in need of a vacation day when the old Fleetwood Mac tune “You Can Go Your Own Way” blares on your car radio and the first thing you think of is work. Okay, so maybe that wouldn’t be the case every time the song plays, but the song hits a chord after a long week full of navigating through politics and helping guide our customers back to the greater good of their IT business.

It’s not easy to talk aboutIT Service Managementand strategy in the same sentence and not see people’s eyes glaze over. Although I can’t say for sure what any one person may be thinking at that moment, I can guess that it’s something like,“Strategy? We’re doing a data center consolidation and moving some things around. Who needs strategy meetings for that?”

You and I both know that organizations are full of silos. Many employees show up for work every day and get their job done, but never think about how their efforts impact other areas of the business. Take those groups and use the words “strategy” and “standardize process” and an all out panic may take place. Face it, the more control a person has in their area, the more secure they feel in their position and the less willing they are to talk about involving other groups in their decisions. This creates a sense of job security, albeit a false one. It’s human nature. Leadership breaks these molds.

To use the datacenter as an example, if a consolidation is about to take place, thoughts are all about moving equipment and decommissioning or standing up servers. Many times people don’t think that in order to make sure that move is successful they need standardized processes in place and repeatable delivery models, with a corresponding a governance plan.

Strategyis really about IT leadership – striving to make IT a center of excellence and changing the culture in their business. Service delivery and service management are in essence the keys to making the connection between IT and the business. Stopping to think about the role that IT governance, service catalogs and standard, repeatable processes that will make their IT departments centers of excellence.

Let’s get away from the “go your own way” mentality and think about the greater good of the business. When that happens the only thing I will think of when a classic rock song comes on the radio are the fun memories of my youth –.