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7 Reasons to Not Multitask

Multitasking used to be considered the go-to for anyone looking to make enough money to be driving a Ferrari by 40. But as recent studies show, multitasking is actually more of a hindrance than a help. And as Kristy Dickerson says in a guest post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, multitasking can lead to negative consequences. Among the most notable of these consequences are the following: Loss of focus Loss of memory Decrease …

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5 Ways to Boost IT Metabolism

In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Angela T. Tucci recognizes that saying “Get agile!” is not the solution—or even the right terminology—to solve every IT challenge. Nonetheless, there is room for improvement all the same. Tucci likes to describe IT’s potential speed and productivity increases as “metabolism,” and she shares five basic tips to get more of it: Have an inspirational vision. Consider the culture. Rethink your processes. Find the right tools. Learn and …

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Want to Be More Productive? Sit Next to Someone Who Is

A pretty common practice with new hires in a business is that you sit them wherever there is an open seat. It is not the most eloquent solution, but it works. New data is revealing that there are benefits to getting eloquent though. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jason Corsello and Dylan Minor share their research that shows how the seating chart can be leveraged to improve employee productivity. Areas of Influence Corsello …

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Business Intelligence: 5 Tips to Implement It Well

Your business knows just so much. The problem might be that it does not realize how much it knows. Bringing together business intelligence to produce meaningful new insights is an art in which CIOs can play an important part. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels shares some tips from Martin Draper, technology director at luxury retailer Liberty, on how CIOs can best leverage business intelligence: View your initiative as a pervasive cultural approach. Gain …

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4 Considerations for Maximum Shameless Self-Promotion in IT

Someone needs to toot your horn, and nobody is lining up to volunteer for the gig. That means you need to do it yourself, especially if you want to keep ascending the ranks of IT leadership. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray shares some considerations to remember when plotting your strategy for dominant self-promotion. You, Starring You Self-promotion does not have to be seen as completely self-serving (even though… it is). Several efforts at …

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10 Tips for Leading IT through Good and Bad Times

IT did not use to be known for leadership in any sense. IT was a tank, bulky and slow to make a big change in direction, and so it could only ever play catch-up. Those days are over. IT is fast and has the ability to see opportunity and innovation before the business does. It also has a better ability to mitigate damage when things go wrong. In an article for Computerworld, Sandra Gittlen shares …

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How Emotional Intelligence Affects Project Outcomes

Emotional intelligence (often going by the awkward “EQ” abbreviation) is the simple principle of being able to address and work with colleagues’ emotions. Intuitively, we probably always knew it was important, but it is only just now becoming formalized. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander discusses the impact that EQ has on project outcomes. I Second That Emotion For starters, project managers can use EQ to take communication from customers and translate it into …

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4 Stages of Maturity in IT Departments: Which Is Yours?

If IT were a plant, and you watered it, could you track the stages of its developing maturity? Would you be able to see clear differences from one stage to the next? In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco shares CEO Dan Roberts’s idea of the IT maturity curve, consisting of four steps: IT supplier Solution provider Strategic partner Innovative anticipator Growing Up Too Slowly The first stage is the most traditional. An IT supplier …

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Make Your Work Environment Work for Introverts and Extroverts

Leadership articles are starting to go a little overboard with the virtues of introverts at work, perhaps because they might have been marginalized in the past. It is time to place introverts and extroverts on equal footing. In an article for IT Business Edge, Don Tennant shares some insights from Appirio’s senior vice president of human resources, Steven Pruden, about what can be done to create a work environment that makes everyone happy. Fiddling with …

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3 Popular Creativity Clichés Debunked

How many times have you been asked to “think outside the box,” and how many times has it actually helped you be creative? Too many tactics and concepts are applied to describe or inspire creativity that do not really hold water. In a post at his website, thought leader and public speaker Scott Berkun writes about popular creativity clichés that may mislead your perception of how you should perform at work. Meta-Creativity Here is what’s …

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