Monday, July 10, 2006


Why most enterprise architects don't have enough ego...

Today, I am blogging from Biche Trinidad. It is raining now. Figured I would blog about something that has been bothering me...

One of the most evil things human resource folks do is to encourage folks to subdue their own egos. The need for an enterprise architect as a leader to have a strong ego is not self-evident but crucial to success. Much has been written lately about the need for leaders to be humble, to downplay their egos and indeed a review of the business pages reveals a motley crew of executives all of whom appear to have succumbed to the surfeit of ego. Bernie Ebbes, Ken Lay and Martha Steward all come to mind.

No matter how reprehensible their actions may have been, to explain their misfortune as a function of excess ego is actually a misdiagnosis. The reputations of these executives fell not because their egos were too strong but because their principles were not strong enough. They had too little integrity, not too much ego.

With this thought in mind, I would like to figure out how to get enterprise architects to not only have more ego, but to encourage the eliminiation of this practice by evil human resource departments who have gotten the notion of ego twisted...

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