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Curtis Franklin Jr., Executive Editor | 5/30/2014 | 10 comments

Curtis Franklin Jr.
A good community can teach you a lot. And Enterprise Efficiency has been one of the best.

When I got hear nearly three and a half years ago (within days of Sara's start date and Dave's) I had spent most of the preceding couple of years reviewing big computer systems and trying to keep my heart beating merrily along. Since arriving here, I've learned relatively little about new ways to break big hardware but an awful lot about how executives should behave. And for that knowledge, I have the folks here at E2 to thank -- well, them and the people we talked with in order to bring a bit of information to the assembled throng.

As we move into our new space, I'll be spending a lot of time on radio. That's nothing really new (we've done more than 150 shows since the current crew started here), but it will be more of a focus for me than it's been in the past. Before I head off to the world of audio excellence, though, I thought I'd share a few pearls of wisdom I've gathered from the last 1,200 or do days.

Be curious: No matter how good you are at the current Big Thing in IT, the clock is running on the value of your knowledge. Be on the lookout for the Next Big Thing, and you'll have a much better chance at surfing the next technology wave, rather than being dashed upon the IT rocks.

Be in the game: The days of IT as a service bureau for the groups doing the "real work" of the enterprise are gone. If you aren't a partner in strategic planning, then you're not bringing any real value to the organization -- and somewhere out there is a cloud company waiting to steal your job.

Be young: A few years back, it was cute when executives bragged about having their secretaries print out their email. It's not cute anymore. Neither is it cute when you don't know what the latest social media or the latest mobile technology are. Stay active. Stay young -- and keep some young people around to help you with both of those.

Be friendly: You need friends in today's corporate world. Collaborate often and well. Sit on committees for which you weren't volunteered. Be easy to work with from an executive's point of view. All this will help keep you in the game and keep you at the table where the big decisions are made.

Be nice: Executive lore is filled with stories of absolute tyrants who somehow made things happen. Here's the thing: They're the exceptions. You can have high standards and let people know that they must be met, but you can be a decent human being while doing that. Smile. Listen. Understand. It's amazing how far those qualities will take you.

Breathe: We've had several shows about mindful management, and the results seem clear: There are tangible advantages to taking time each day simply to be alone with your breathing. You've got the time. Breathe. You and everyone you contact will be the better for it.

So that's it from me. I hope I've helped you enjoy a few minutes here at E2, and that you've taken away a few things that help you be better at some of the things you do. I hope you'll join us at InformationWeek -- as I've said a time or two before, we could not and would not do this without you.

Thank you, one and all, for sharing a bit of who you are with us.

Curtis Franklin, Jr.
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batye   Tune in Next Time...   6/1/2014 11:15:39 PM
Re: Yay! And Kudos!
could not agree more:) plus during each show I did learn a lot... thank you
Joe Stanganelli   Tune in Next Time...   6/1/2014 4:15:26 AM
Re: So long and thanks...for the fish
@tinym: Somewhere in that Douglas Adams reference is also a Geekend reference to mice... ;)
Joe Stanganelli   Tune in Next Time...   6/1/2014 4:14:16 AM
Yay! And Kudos!
I'm genuinely glad to see this for you, Curt.  You have an amazing speaking voice and are a fantastic radio show host.  You also do a great job with handling and interviewing guests.  You keep me engaged, and it is a pleasure to listen to your interviews.  Looking forward to more!
Susan Fourtané   Tune in Next Time...   5/31/2014 5:00:14 PM
Last minute wisdom

Thanks for the last minute advice and for these years of sharing wisdom from the enterprise world. I loved all the radio shows on mindfulness. I am hoping these will also be part of your radio shows on Information Week. All the other shows were enjoyable, too. :D

Thanks again for taking us along to the new chapter of E2. I will see you in the new big home. :)

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kstaron   Tune in Next Time...   5/31/2014 3:30:28 PM
Great sum up
Love the sum up of things execs need to be. Beyond the tech, how people interact with people is the best thing, and you have done that with your blog, helping so many people get things right. see you over at Information week.
StaceyE   Tune in Next Time...   5/31/2014 1:25:13 PM
Re: Tune in next time
@ Curt

I enjoyed your post, that's some great advice. I look forward to much more over at IWeek. ;)
impactnow   Tune in Next Time...   5/31/2014 12:25:40 PM
Thanks for all the great shows and great columns I look forward to continuing the dialogue on InformationWeek. Excellent parting advice especially the comment about being nice it will get people farther than they could imagine.
tinym   Tune in Next Time...   5/31/2014 11:50:10 AM
So long and thanks...for the fish
@Curt I have really enjoyed your columns here. This has remained one of my favorite online communities from the beginning.

I'm glad the whole group is moving over to Information Week. I look forward to many more years of great writing.
CurtisFranklin   Tune in Next Time...   5/31/2014 8:30:24 AM
Re: Tune in next time
@tekedge, thanks so very much -- I'll look forward to continuing the conversation at InformationWeek!
tekedge   Tune in Next Time...   5/30/2014 10:46:33 PM
Tune in next time
@Curtis.Thank you for taking us on this informative journey. As usual your advice is really good. Being current in the IT sector is the most important factor .Keeping ourselves updated with the next big thing will help us stay in this profession and also enjoy being here. E2 too had real good information and helped us in this journey. Wishing you all the best on your audio journey!!!!

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