This IT executive team met in Chicago last week to plan the biggest project of their careers. My colleague, Peter, and I are grateful to be involved.
Over the course of a career, every leader looks back and sees one particular project as the biggest project of their life. So, how would you lead differently if you knew that truth in the moment?
When a global company decides to sell off its largest division, the “separation process” is a colossal undertaking for the IT professionals. Imagine if the Federal Government of the United States of America decided to split into two countries within 12 months — and your job was to make sure both countries had all of the data they needed to run their government smoothly on Day-One of the separation. Tax ID numbers, Social Security, Medicare, Employment and Criminal History, Federal Court cases past and present, etc,, etc,, etc.… It’s a project so big, it’s impossible for 99% of the population to even imagine.
Oh yeah, and you may not have a job in either country when this historic endeavor is complete. How’s that for a challenge?