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Why Scaling Leadership Development Is So Important

Very often, it is the quality of the leadership that decides if an initiative succeeds or fails. That makes it kind of crazy that so many organizations are not more interested in developing their managers at all levels. In an article for, Thuy Sindell shares data on how important it is to scale leadership development opportunities. Growth at Scale A study of 655 global organizations found that half of managers admit to “talent hoarding,” ...

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Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders

Today, businesses’ methods of developing leaders are not conducive to success. In fact, the exact opposite of what needs to be done is being carried out. To make matters worse, research suggests that one in three employees do not trust their employer. Deborah Rowland explains in an article for Harvard Business Review why the vast majority of leadership development programs are ineffective, and how they can be remedied. Rethinking What Leading Is Leadership programs are ...

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How to Lead Change on a Project

Project management historically creates value by delivering results and outcomes through people. Today’s organizations need to recognize the conscious awareness of the impacts and implications of how projects bring about change. A few years ago, I attended the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) and heard great stories on how to make change. It’s my experience and philosophy that projects are a place for innovation, change, and leadership that may include failure and success along the way. ...

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5 Things CIOs Need to Lead Digital Transformation

Every year is the year of digital transformation. In an article for TechRepublic, Jason Hiner recaps analyst Darin Brumby’s session at Gartner Zone Theater on what CIOs need to lead digital transformation. He narrows it down to five things: Embrace an extended role overseeing all technology enterprise-wide. Create and deliver blended strategies. Strengthen and extend CIO influence, power, and governance. Drive innovative talent acquisition. Expand flexibility and impact of CIO leadership style. Evolve on the ...

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The 5 Things Developers Expect from a Project Manager

Consultant software engineer Federico Tomassetti understands the great power of project managers—power that can help or destroy a team. Healthy relationships must be maintained between project managers and their developers if success is to result. In an article for DZone, Tomassetti shares five things developers expect you as the project manager to do: Communicate business priorities and consider technical priorities. Inform developers about deadlines well in advance. Manage communications. Shield developers from issues. Make sure ...

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Creative Genius: Tapping the Edison Within

Ever wonder why some people seem so darned creative? The answer is because they, like you, see problems every single day. Something breaks too often. Something seems too difficult when it shouldn’t be. A solution is missing. In the classic television series Star Trek, Captain James Kirk actually sums up the sentiment of many when he says, “Genius doesn’t work on an assembly line basis. You can’t simply say, Today I will be brilliant.” (Episode: ...

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Shallow Leadership: When Projects Succeed in Spite of You

It is nice to see project leadership is discussed more and more. It is becoming known that tools and techniques are not sufficient to succeed on any project with a minimum level of complexity. Project managers will need to demonstrate good leadership skills to successfully manage their projects. Leadership enables you to achieve better results, reach goals, and inspire people along the way. Strong leadership skills help the project manager in numerous ways: Ability to ...

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Why Your Organization Needs A+ Players Now

When you are a leader, it is part of your role to continually train and empower tomorrow’s leaders. For IT, this means finding employees who are often smarter, better, and faster, and giving them the tools to succeed in the long run. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Curt Carver explores the importance of hiring the best of the best now. How to Get Good Grades Being an A+ player goes beyond mere intelligence. ...

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The Four Foundational Points of Strategic IT Leadership

IT leadership can be difficult to maintain because there is too often a disconnect between IT and the rest of the organization. How can IT leaders prevail and be successful with this troubling perspective of their place in the business? In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Rob Zelinka elaborates on how to have successful strategic IT leadership. In a recent meeting, Zelinka posed a thought-provoking statement to his team: “get out of IT while ...

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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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