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The CIO: We Hardly Know Ye

Inevitably, you get the gist of the CIO role already. But if you are not actively working in that role every day, then there are nuances to the position you might not see. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels provides a primer on everything there is to know about being a CIO. The Truth of the Role The CIO is the “most senior technology executive” in the organization, and the CIO’s role is to …

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3 Big Insights into What Fuels Strategic IT Leadership

Not many people think about the psychology underlying what motivates IT to become more strategic. But Mark J. Schiller got curious, so he started asking. The answers are both surprising and—in some cases—very worrisome. From his discussions with various IT leaders, Schiller compiled three big insights into an article for CIO Insight: IT strategy is about people, not technology. Stakeholders are not the problem (yet). Developing a strategic voice is the biggest challenge for IT …

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What Should CIOs Do When They Feel Overwhelmed?

Figuratively speaking, there are days where the ceiling just collapses all over you. And counterintuitively, the higher up the ladder you are, the harder the ceiling hurts. What can CIOs do to push through these times (without befriending Everclear)? In a post at the Accidental Successful CIO, Dr. Jim Anderson makes some tough-love suggestions to push through the feelings of being overwhelmed. Ready to Crack In the first place, Anderson says to… get over yourself. …

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3 Ways to Get Digital Transformation Right in Your Business

While some enterprises seek to stick their head in the dirt and ignore the impact smaller startup companies have had, there are others who see it as a learning opportunity. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels gives three ways to get digital transformation right for your business: Look beyond the traditional enterprise firewall. Bring great ideas from the edge to the core. Define the role of the CIO in the innovation process. Taking on …

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Is Enterprise IT Crazy?

In behavioral economics, it has been demonstrated that people behave irrationally—but in predictable ways. It stands to reason that predictable irrationality exists around IT too. In an article for CIO magazine, Hakan Altintepe examines the ways that IT might be off its rocker and what to do about it. Conflicting Motivations When it comes to gains versus losses, people are statistically risk-averse toward gains and risk-seeking for losses. This is described by the endowment effect, …

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How to Grow a Business Enabler Mindset in IT

We’re using “smart” to describe new innovations in technology, like smart cars, smartphones, and all sorts of other products. But we need to start using the word to describe how we approach the business side of IT. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Brian Beams explains how to grow a business enabler mindset in IT. Enabling Business Beams starts off by stating how you need to lead a culture of business enablers: [IT’s end-to-end] …

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Leaders Aren’t Great Judges of How Inclusive They Are

Hiring for diversity is one thing. Ensuring that everyone employed is equally welcomed and included is another matter, and the people who are best at it might surprise you. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman share their data on inclusiveness—and how many leaders are not so good at it. Ostensibly Included The authors’ data actually comes from one organization, but the business is known for its “excellent track record …

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As the CIO Rises, Does the CDO Fall?

It wasn’t all that long ago that everyone thought they had a handle on things before new business models, emerging technologies, and digital sprung up. CIOs are on the rise and are pivotal in balancing operations and moving the company forward. What about the much-touted CDO role though? In an article for ZDNet, Matthew Guarini uses data from Forrester to take the position that CIOs are capable of managing digital without a CDO. CIOs Edge …

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Is Execution Where Good Strategies Go to Die?

Ultimately, business strategy is one long, long game of telephone. Leaders set a direction for the business with a specific intent, and then they cross their fingers that everyone else will interpret that direction and intent correctly. But many times, excellent strategies fail just because the execution was all wrong. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Mark Bonchek identifies four mental gaps that are often at the root of bad execution. Mind the Gap …

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4 Secrets for Turning Insight into Execution

It can be incredibly rewarding to help an idea click in someone’s head. They now know what needs to be done or what was holding back success until this point. However, this bright idea can grow dim quickly if it’s not nurtured and reinforced. In an article for strategy+business, Elizabeth Doty explains how you can improve your follow-up in order to turn insight into execution: Document insights in real time, in vivid ways. Be rigorous …

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