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Jim Fister

jim-at-moraine-lake-in-calgary-small3Hi, I’m Jim.  As you can see, I’m a ‘big picture’ guy.
 After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, I found that project management skills apply to thinking as much as they do to designing. Which is good, since I didn’t have a strong desire to be a designer. After a few years of customer support and technical marketing, I landed my first of many pure strategy roles.  I’ve been doing strategy in some way for almost two decades now. I like strategy for the following reasons:
  • It requires little to no ego; in fact it demands little to no ego.
  • It necessitates that you be constantly right, or at least right enough. Try reconciling these two thoughts. Go ahead.
  • It lets you write in bullets and talk in paragraphs.

Most people think that strategy is all about the long term. I’m writing this blog in part to get you to realize that it’s really not.  Like the boss once said, it’s mostly about doing things now to get where you want to eventually go.

Christ died for my and your sins, and that’s really important.  You should know that.

All told, I’d prefer to be sitting on a log in the mountains like the above picture.  You’re always welcome to join me there, and we’ll talk about stuff.

By the way, here’s an early 2010 interview/article with MIT Sloan Management Review Magazine on IT trends.  Here’s a 2006 podcast from CIO Magazine that I did on compliance that started me thinking about data-diving in the first place.  Neither came from the log, so let’s get crackin’.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Cory permalink
    May 4, 2017 7:43 am

    Hi Jim,
    Cory O’Neill here, from Ridgeview High. I’m looking to touch bases with you, but lost your email! Wondering if you can send something my way.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  2. May 14, 2010 7:12 am

    thanks for visiting my site and commenting! I’m glad I’ve stumbled upon you and your team here.

  3. John Woods permalink
    April 12, 2010 8:07 pm

    This is so good I had to send it to you. Lynn is in Virginia but this is a good example of not thinking through problems, and unintended consequences

    NYT: ObamaCare may have accidentally stripped Congress of health coverage

    Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.

    In other words, theoretically the law kicks them out of the federal health plan now in order to force them to join insurance exchanges … that don’t exist yet. Looking forward to tomorrow, when we’re inevitably told that they meant to do that. Exit question for lawyers: Who would have standing to sue to force the federal health plan to drop Congress now? Any citizen, or is it more refined than that?

    Full Story:

  4. DileepB permalink
    May 26, 2009 9:47 am

    Yes, courage of conviction is a more approriate term than ego. I did mean self confidence. Intuition based on experience is valuable.

  5. May 23, 2009 4:37 pm

    By the way, I’ve thought about the comment. I don’t believe it’s ego, I believe it’s courage of conviction that defines the strategist. There’s often bad timing associated with any idea, and it’s the conviction to pursue the idea until it’s right that defines that strategist in my opinion.

  6. jdfister permalink*
    April 9, 2009 10:31 pm

    I’m an intuition guy. I agree that it would be an advantage to be confident in your intuition. That’s probably something I’ll have to incorporate into my strategy class.

  7. DileepB permalink
    April 9, 2009 8:58 pm

    Some of the best strategists I know had big egos – not arrogance, but the self confidence to know that they were right when they were right!


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