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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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Does Your Staff Consider You a Boss or a Buddy?

Is it wise to befriend your subordinates? In an article for CIO Insight, Dennis McCafferty analyzes how not taking your work relationship to the friendship level is beneficial and where this line is drawn. Keep It Professional The majority of professionals would consider their manager to be their boss, not a friend. This in all actuality is a great thing, because subordinates feel comfortable approaching their boss about work-related problems since their relationship is not ...

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CIOs: 5 Steps to Take Digital Disruption from Theory to Reality

The digital disruption is here, and Forrester is here to help! But how can a business actively defend against such dastardly disturbances? Forrester’s Steven Peltzman proposes five steps that will protect against this wicked villain without entirely destroying the budget. The Steps to Managing Disruption Be close to the customer Keep innovation quick Analyze the tools being utilized Create “lab” testing for new innovations Partner with companies The first step is to look to the ...

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8 Tips for Managing Outsourced Projects

Instead of thinking about how dangerous bad communication is to a project, think about how wonderful good communication is! A project’s success is all but guaranteed when everyone is in the loop and informed on what is taking place. In an article for CIO.com, Jennifer Lonoff Schiff elaborates on manners in which to improve communication, especially for a project that is outsourced. Tips for the Best Outsourcing Help the outsourced partner understand the business values. ...

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4 Guiding Principles for Aspiring IT Leaders

What does it take to become a leader in the IT industry? In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray elaborates on four pieces of advice he gave graduating MBAs that are seeking to pursue a role in leadership. Here are the sorts of behaviors a promising leader should engage in: Be a lifelong learner. Avoid the elusive “expert game.” Practice what you preach. Have a career plan. Leading Means Learning Particularly in IT, novel approaches ...

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