McCree Lake is a senior manager in Accenture’s Strategy practice and has over a decade of experience advising C-level executives on innovation, talent and performance, and technology strategy. He has experience across several industries, including financial services, healthcare and education.

McCree has led strategy and transformation projects with a focus on corporate core sourcing and operating model, organization design and workforce strategy, as well as complex IT systems deployment. He aims to consistently bring the right balance of managing strategic intent and executing change to support leaders in evaluating and building the right capabilities that create sustained value and business performance in the new digital economy.

McCree is fluent in Portuguese with extensive international experience and has spoken at events for organizations including CIO magazine, Network World and CSO magazine on IT strategy, leadership and enabling change. In 2014, he was selected by GeorgiaTrend magazine as one of Georgia’s 40 rising stars under 40.

McCree holds an MBA, a master of information systems (MSIS) degree, and bachelor's degree in education from Kennesaw State University in northwest Atlanta, Georgia. In his spare time, McCree loves traveling internationally to new destinations and pushing himself to try new things. He is active in the Brazilian and Latin American communities in Atlanta.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of McCree Lake and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by McCree.Lake

How new technology is driving real-time behavior change in organizational transformations
IT Talent Revolution

How new technology is driving real-time behavior change in organizational transformations

Most leaders acknowledge the criticality of culture in achieving organizational agility and transformation yet think of culture as a black box that’s impossible to see or change. While culture and behavior change happen at an individual level, it is now possible to scale these changes with a combination of neuroscience, analytics, and technology capabilities.
January 31, 2018
CIOs must build adaptive IT workforces
Accent Notes

CIOs must build adaptive IT workforces

Today’s IT workforce must be agile and able to adapt to the business’s evolving needs. Here are three things CIOs can do ensure their teams can do that.
September 20, 2017
IT Talent Revolution

Seizing the value of the surge: How to use M&A to reshape your IT organization

There is a tremendous opportunity to leverage the sharp increase of work from M&A to redefine the IT workforce and organization. Leaders can better align technology functions to strategic focus areas by pushing internal resources and top talent toward business-facing, differentiated activities while aligning commodity activities toward key strategic partners that can manage those services even after the M&A activity has ended.
February 1, 2017
Four IT workforce dimensions to assess before your next M&A deal closes
IT Talent Revolution

Four IT workforce dimensions to assess before your next M&A deal closes

The IT workforce is an oft overlooked component of successful M&A activities. With global M&A transactions projected to exceed $3 trillion in 2017, evaluating the IT workforce will be critical to fully capturing synergies in M&A deals.
December 21, 2016
IT Talent Revolution

Building a nimble workforce to drive technology innovation

The question that should be on the mind of every IT leader is not 'Should my organization innovate?' but rather 'How can we do it at scale in a way the creates tangible returns quickly?'
November 1, 2016
IT Talent Revolution

How a talent strategy can help banks get their IT groove back

While there certainly is no silver bullet, one important imperative exists: banking technology leaders must radically rethink their approach to talent not just to align or partner with the business, but also to be a part of the bank’s core capabilities and products.
July 26, 2016
IT Talent Revolution

A CIOs workout plan for building talent muscles

Digital disruption is continually infusing itself into nearly every aspect of the way all industries and business functions go about their work and the management of IT talent is perhaps more affected (and affected more quickly) than many functions. The time is now to set your regimen and get 'talent fit' for the future.
March 16, 2016
IT Talent Revolution

CIOs must communicate, innovate and operate to drive value

Whether you define the I in CIO as information, innovation, infrastructure, integration or any other term (and whether the role is internal to the business, customer-facing or both), there are three clear and straightforward groups of actions where leaders in information technology need to be constantly focused on increasing competencies - communicating, innovating and operating.
December 3, 2015
IT Talent Revolution

Talent opportunities in a multi-speed IT world

This new multi-speed world certainly presents strategic opportunities particularly in enterprises which are dependent on existing ecosystems but want to shape the future at the same time.
November 30, 2015
IT Talent Revolution

The four walls trapping innovation in your IT organization

The need for IT organizations to innovate is something that has long been thought of as a ‘nice-to-have’ or a strategic goal, but digital transformation now makes it something essential to do effectively in the present.
September 15, 2015
IT Talent Revolution

5 ways to strategically execute in the digital age

In this new age of global digital disruption across every industry, there is a hybrid concept that represents the future of success - strategic execution.
August 6, 2015
IT Talent Revolution

Creating an IT organization where people want to work

The very nature of information and technology is changing and oftentimes right under the nose of enterprise IT leaders. Amazing opportunities are left on the table because the talent dynamics of implementing the next level of IT required for the business to be successful are not fully considered. While new technologies and their impact on our industries are crucial to a strategic IT vision, the long-term success of IT is truly about how it can create organizations that people want to work for.
May 27, 2015