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Business and Technology Transformation Leadership: The Critical Factor

Today’s technology-enabled business landscape, rapid innovations, new business models, intense competition, global operating environment, constraining legacy systems, increasing regulations, and ever-changing customer expectations are making the business environment highly complex. Organizational transformation is the complex endeavor of innovating and redesigning the organization, which significantly impacts all or most aspects of the business. The Business Problem Many recurring research studies by Economist Intelligence Unit, Project Management Institute, McKinsey, et al. over the last few years have ...

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Three Roles of Senior Leaders in IT Governance

If IT is not properly supporting all the initiatives that matter to the business, weak IT governance could be to blame. Do not feel bad if this sounds like your organization. IT alignment is still an area that many business executives are struggling to integrate. In an article for the Wall Street Journal‘s Deloitte Insights, it is explained why a CIO cannot achieve perfect governance without senior support. A Little Help from My Friends Could ...

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Getting Beyond the BS of Leadership Literature

Every person who would seek to improve their leadership skills through a good book should be applauded. However, there are some things that a person can simply not learn from reading, and unfortunately, leadership might be one of them. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Jeffrey Pfeffer explores how to move past the simple leadership literature and develop tangible management skills. From Theory to Practice There is a wide array of leadership failures in ...

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Beware of the Productivity Measurement Fallacy

Can money and productivity be measured on the same spectrum? Unfortunately, money saved does not always equate to greater productivity from employees. In an article for CIO.com, Eric Bloom explores his own experience with this fallacy. Pitfall Ahead In the business he was employed at, there was a company-wide productivity initiative. The program was explicit in its intentions, and there were even prizes to be awarded to the team that generated the greatest company savings. ...

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A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

In an article from Harvard Business Review, Ron Carucci reveals the details of a 10-year study that closely analyzed great executives and isolated the best practices they engaged in. Through the course of the study, 2,700 leadership interviews were conducted, which ultimately uncovered seven performance factors that correlated with strong leaders. These factors then lead to the discovery of four reoccurring patterns that distinguish the best of the best: Executives are knowledgeable about the entire ...

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How to Hire Your Next CIO

IT is transforming into a new entity, something more along the lines of “digital services.” Undertaking this sort of huge transformation means the organization will need to invest in a new CIO. In an article for InformationWeek, Jonathon Feldman elaborates on what organizations should be looking for when they hire a new CIO. The Elements That Matter Although the specifics of what each company will need in a CIO will vary, there are some skills ...

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The Trickle-Down Effect of Good (and Bad) Leadership

Emotions are contagious. If you have a friend that is around you that is exuding happiness, the probability that you too will be happy rises by a surprising 25 percent. Behaviors additionally are contagious. So how much do “social contagions” actually impact leaders? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman analyze just that. The Viral Connection In order to answer this contagious question, they analyzed assessments of high-level managers and ...

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8 Quick-Impact IT Projects that Offer Rapid Returns

IT projects are often complex and time-consuming, which does not sit well with customers who seek instant results. In an article for ZDNet, Mary Shacklett examines this issue of cumbersome projects and how to deliver quicker results. Don’t Do These In the realm of instantaneous progress, or at least the illusion of instantaneous progress, there are a few types of projects that IT should avoid. Projects encompassing any considerable work on the IT infrastructure or ...

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What Separates High-Performing Leaders from Average Ones

Is the business world conspiring against leaders? Studies have shown employee dissatisfaction with not only their jobs, but their leaders. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Todd Warner explores what people can do to combat this and continue on the path to leadership success. How Leadership Fails The days of relying on competencies are gone, and even the leader with seemingly perfect ability on paper may end up failing. Why? Because leadership is not ...

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10 Legal Areas that IT Managers Should Beware

The iron fist of the law can be an impenetrable barrier of entry in the world of business. It is growing more and more vital that IT managers are familiar with the basics of the law. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett explores the legal concerns that every IT manager should be aware of. There are ten legal concerns to consider: Boilerplate contracts SLAs Liabilities of third-parties Hiring business partner employees Contractor liability Termination ...

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