How Should CIOs Give Negative Feedback?

We’ve all been there. All of a sudden we realize that someone in the IT department has failed to deliver on a commitment that they made to us that has something to do with the importance of information technology. As the person with the CIO job, it is now going to be your job to […]

How To Avoid Having Unengaged Employees On Your Team

When you have new people join your department, they generally do so with a great deal of excitement – they understand the importance of information technology. There are a lot of things that they want to accomplish and they are looking forward to learning many new things. However, over time this has a habit of […]

CIOs Are Discovering That Humans Are Important Too

As the person with the CIO job, you have a very important question that you have to find the answer to. What is more important to your IT department: people or technology. We spend a great deal of time thinking and learning about technology because we understand the importance of information technology. Our ability to […]

What Can CIOs Do In Order To Increase Diversity In The IT Department?

Would it be ok if we took a moment and talked about diversity? Let’s face it, the world of IT and most of our IT departments are not really models of diversity. For some reason, it sure seems like white males (and a lot of Asians) are the ones who seem to populate most of […]

How A CIO Can Deal With Religion In The Workplace

Of all of the issues including the importance of information technology that the person with the CIO job has to deal with in the workplace, it’s possible that religion might be the most difficult. The reason for this is simply because there are so many different religions out there. Even within a given religion, there […]

How CIOs Can Find Compassion For The Difficult People In Their Lives

As the person with the CIO job, you are called upon to interact with a lot of different people. Some of those people will work for your company and some won’t. Some of those people will be easy to get along with and some will, how shall I say this, be difficult to get along […]

Why CIOs Need To Be Careful About Age Discrimination

If you took a look at the people who are currently working in your IT department, what would their average age be? If your department is like most IT departments, that number is going to be fairly low – perhaps in the low to mid 30’s? If fact, if it were not for your management […]

How CIOs Can Manage Their Millennial Managers

I really hate to share this with you – but, you’re getting old. How can we tell this? Simple, millennials are starting to become managers in your IT department. Wasn’t it just a few years ago that we were talking about how to deal with the millennials who were just then entering the IT department? […]

Why Do CIOS Pick The Wrong Person?

The person with the CIO job has a lot of responsibility on his or her shoulders. They have to understand the importance of information technology and keep the company’s IT systems up and running while at the same time keeping one eye on the future in order to determine what is coming their way. However, […]

Why CIOs Should Stop Putting Employees In Boxes

As the person with the CIO job, you by necessity meet a lot of people. Many of these people work for you and so it’s important that you remember who they are. Just because it’s important does not make this any easier to do. We have all developed a coping mechanism for dealing with this […]