TQ @ the Table: During President Obama's Administration, close to 500 technologists, data/computational/social scientists, engineers, design thinkers, and entrepreneurs, were recruited to be part of an elite digital corps. This networked team of fixers and builders was embedded across all parts of government and called upon to bring vast and critical changes, the likes of which continue to have resounding impact from millions of Americans, and an an extended network of collaborators around the world.
In the 21st century, effective strategy and operations of all kinds are intimately connected with tech, especially digital networked technologies. To meet this challenge and opportunity, any team is strengthened when it is cross-functional and includes people with high “tech IQ” (“TQ” —modern technological intelligence, expertise, and significant field experience), just as it should include economists, lawyers, organizers, policy makers, and scientists. At best, excluding disciplines leads to sub-optimal outcomes. At worst, it can lead to organization-threatening disasters.