First, I want to thank everyone for this interest in this CIO.com article: 10 Lessons from Angry Birds That Can Make You a Better CIO. Truly amazing to watch it spread through the Web.
So I thought I should cap the week with lesson number 11
Don’t be complacent
When you join the Apple Game Center you can see how you stack up against others. Not always so easy for a CIO. Figure out how to monitor your strategic context. There is always somebody out there trying to do it better, faster or smarter than your and your team. Call it peripheral vision or horizon scanning–invest in it and keep your sensory skills sharp. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a best practice. A best practice is just an admission of fatigue. As soon as you establish a best practice, people stop performing at their peak, or they start performing better. Either way, a best practice is a marker along the road to decreased or increased performance. If you pay attention to the world around you, and you strive to be better (and I don’t mean this in the linear, efficiency/productivity sense) then you will keep improving. Don’t stop learning. Don’t stop experimenting. Don’t stop challenging assumptions. Don’t stop being passionate about winning, if winning is what you want to do.