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How to Turn Stakeholder Conflict on Its Head

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Conflict management is often more of an art than a skill. Leaders need to know how to listen to all sides of the story and be able to fairly arrive at a solution that is acceptable to everyone. In a post for The Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall shares how to better tackle stakeholder conflict so that things do not end up blown out of proportion. The Quest for Agreement Harry Hall shares an instance ...

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Turn Mobile Strategy into a Competitive Advantage

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The lure of being connected to the world in the palm of your hand has become so great that mobile devices have almost entirely taken over. This abundant use of mobile devices is pushing CIOs to rethink their investments in mobile technology. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels shares the three areas CIOs need to consider in order to make the most of their mobile investments: Integrating new ideas Invest in systems Make the ...

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How to Stop Making Costly IT Contract Mistakes

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It is no secret that proper contract management is necessary in order for the company to avoid exorbitantly costly mistakes, but how can people avoid these types of errors? Nobody wants to sign their life away. In an article for CIO.com, Sarah K. White elaborates on how to best avoid IT contract mistakes. Confirm Details, Then Revise CEO of Corridor Company Russ Edelman believes there are three common trends that are causing contracts to be ...

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How to Be an Inclusive IT Leader without Including Everyone

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Gaining support and having a consensus amongst a group is often the make-it or break-it factor in implementing change. However, reaching agreement with a large group of people is not always possible because of time constraints. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Peter Weis explains how to be inclusive without including everyone. Close-Enough Inclusion Different situations demand for varied leadership styles. For example, in a scenario where there are many large decisions that all ...

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Why Your Company Needs More Ceremonies

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In hectic times, employees need a reminder of what they are working toward and how they and the business are producing good things. Ceremonies can be a great way to revitalize the workforce. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Patti Sanchez shares a personal story from her business that emphasizes the need for ceremonies. Unite and Refresh Last year, Duarte Inc. was doing great things and making wonderful advancements. Not only were they restructuring ...

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Strategic Communication: Words Are a Weapon

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Your eyes are probably ready to roll out of your heads from all the articles you have ever seen about the value of communication, and, uh, here is one more. Dave Wakeman writes for Voices on Project Management about how to use communication as a “weapon.” He shares three quick tips about weaponizing the info you convey in order to win the battle for project success: Always talk in terms of outcomes and achievements. Have ...

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What’s the Difference between a CIO and CTO?

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With all of the acronyms in the business world, it is often difficult to keep up with everyone’s job titles. From CIO to CEO to CFO to CTO, what are the differences? In an article for CIO UK, Chloe Dobinson explores what defines the Chief Information Officer (CIO) versus the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Information and Technology Both CIO and CTO deal with technology in the business, but the CIO earns a substantially higher salary ...

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4 Ways That ‘Little’ Innovations Are Critical to Your Business

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Innovation is what differentiates one company from the next. Perhaps your company will pursue the mission of creating a product to end world hunger, or maybe you will discover the answer to preventing dust. Whatever your vision, innovation is a vital aspect of a company’s investment–even the little ones that do not solve huge problems. In an article for strategy+business, Andrew Hargadon shares four reasons why little innovation is a great thing: Innovation is a ...

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Seizing Opportunity: The Current State of ITSM

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Overview: A CIO’s Priority There is no denying that businesses worldwide run on applications and data. However, the success quotient of any business relies on its IT infrastructure and network as they support and carry the applications that represent the essence of an organization. Thus, keeping these things up and running, connected, and responsive is on the top priority list of today’s CIO. In this regard, these are the key concern areas dreaded by a ...

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Cloud 101: And Not Just for Dummies

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The cloud is an advancement in technology that has helped to simplify users technology needs. However, the cloud is far from a simple structure, and in actuality is highly complex. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses how the complexity of the cloud is hidden from users and shares some basic information everyone should know about this major technology. A Clear View of the Cloudy The cloud does more than just ...

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Formal vs. Informal Project Management: Does It Matter?

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To a layman coming off the street, it might blow the person’s mind to find out that “project management” is a formal discipline. After all, The Celebrity Apprentice makes it look like any washed up simpleton can lead a project. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Paul Naybour examines where the differences occur between formal project management and just winging it. Preplanning Matters Let’s address the obvious. In a project that presents ...

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How to Mediate Disputes during an IT Project

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What makes people great and unique is that they all think differently. However, this is also what causes relationships to be so complex. Sometimes people disagree and they need the help of mediation to get them back on the right track. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett discusses the importance of mediation during IT projects. Peace in Our Time During an IT project, there is the potential for breakdowns in communication; perhaps the IT ...

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What Makes a High-Performing Project Team?

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What is the secret sauce, that doctored up jar of Ragú that turns a team into a lean, mean project-completing machine? In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen pinpoints the factors that optimize team effectiveness. If your team can embody these principles, you will be savoring the taste of success for years to come. A Recipe for Productivity Madsen says groups like MIT and Google have not found correlations ...

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Afraid of Conflict? How to Express Yourself More Courageously

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Get a backbone, or fake one long enough to get what you want. Katrina Love Senn shares four steps to express yourself without fear in an article for mindbodygreen. The first step is to brainstorm what exactly it is you want out of an uncomfortable conversation. Next, listen to your own intuition for guidance. (She goes into a lot of nonsensical hippy speak about “heart energy” here that I will spare you.) Third, when the ...

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How to Express Your Feelings in a Professional Way at Work

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Crying in the bathroom or punching someone in the jaw is an ineffective way to express yourself at work. In an article for Chron, Cynthia Measom describes a better way. You should start by getting perspective on your problem by writing out how you are feeling. Decide as a result what you would like to see change or become rectified. Next, set up a meeting with the offending party, and state your case using lots ...

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