Most CIOs feel comfortable when they are dealing with the things that they know the best which show off the importance of information technology: servers, networks, software, firewalls, etc. However, in order to be a successful CIO we also have to be good at dealing with something else: people. In order to successfully manage the … Read more CIOs Need To Start To Understand How Other People Learn
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 … Read more How To Avoid Having Unengaged Employees On Your Team
I’m often puzzled by the fact that most IT departments do a very good job of the day-to-day things that we are asked to do. I mean, there is a lot that goes on in an IT department each and every day and somehow we seem to be able to get it all done. However, … Read more 4 Reasons That IT Projects Fail
If you ask any CIO to participate in creating a strategic plan for his or her company, you’ll probably see their eyes light up. This is what they live for – getting a seat at the big table to help chart the course of the company. We all believe that we deserve this position because … Read more Do You Know How To Do Strategic Planning CIO?
How good of a CIO are you? I’m willing to bet that no matter how good you think that you are, you also realize that you could probably be better. We all believe this. However, now we run into the big question: how can a CIO become better? It turns out that the answer is … Read more CIOs Need To Always Be Experimenting
Isn’t it the dream of every CIO to have a fully committed team? A team that understands the importance of information technology and what you are trying to accomplish as a team, has fully bought in to that dream, and is aggressively working to achieve your goals? It turns out that there is a dark … Read more How Can CIOs Prevent Their Team Members From Burning Out?
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year and don’t know who Zynga is, they’re the online game company that has ridden Facebook’s coattails to success. They’ve created very, very popular games such as Farmville and Cityville and generated a great deal of money. However, it’s starting to become clear … Read more CIO Lessons From Zynga: Don’t Manage Like They Do!
Isn’t that the goal of every IT department – to move from being viewed as a support organization to somehow becoming part of the company’s strategic core? Although we all know that this is what we want, for some reason it sure seems to be very hard to do. Good news – the folks over … Read more How Can You Make Your IT Department Strategic?
Despite all the talk about innovation these days, we know how things really are. It’s way too easy for us to set up IT processes and procedures that we use to run our IT shops and then over time they become part of a larger “That’s The Way We Do Things Here” culture. The problem … Read more How Toyota Can Teach IT To Keep Things Fresh