Leadership

Articles and posts about leadership, especially as it relates to leading technology workers

How CIOs can become more influential

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Computerworld Columns, Leadership | 0 comments

Nobody believes that “CIO” stands for “chief influence officer.” CIOs themselves know better, though they’d like to contribute to decision-making. I recently facilitated a conversation among a group of CIOs who collectively seemed both mystified and hurt by their own lack of influence within their organizations. “I give them what they want, but when it comes to the big decisions, I don’t get a seat at the table” was a typical sentiment. The consensus was that, if organizations would seek out the CIO’s perspective when deliberating on...

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Developing a Managerial Mind

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Leadership | 0 comments

Recently, I decided to visit the national convention of the Society of Human Resource Management. The annual SHRM conference is an astonishingly large gathering of HR professionals and hundreds of vendors of everything from health insurance to holiday hams, 360-degree review services, recruitment advertising, Web-based services and training programs. I went to see what commercial vendors are offering in the way of leadership and management development services. Since I believe that one of the greatest challenges IT departments will face in the next decade is a leadership gap as baby boom...

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Learning to Lead

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Leadership | 0 comments

It’s definitely coming. I’m starting to hear the whispers, the talk. It reminds me of the days when we were discussing Y2k but not yet doing anything about it. Do you remember? It started with a buzz around the water cooler. “You know that this thing won’t work when we get to the year 2000. In the ’60s, the programmers decided to save a few bytes by assuming the 19 at the start of the year field — no one thought that this stuff would be used for so long. We’re not even sure that we have the source code. Someone’s going to have to do something...

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Lenses on Leadership

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Leadership | 0 comments

Before the days of Photoshop, it was common to say that photographs don’t lie. But even way back when, during the dark ages of chemical film, photographers used different lenses and filters to change colors, highlight some details over others and bring some subjects into sharp focus while blurring others. Pictures lie and tell the truth all at once. Managers use mental lenses and filters for many of the same reasons. They look at the world through them to color facts, highlight some more than others and bring some subjects into sharp focus while blurring others. A manager’s...

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Selecting New IT Leaders

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Leadership | 0 comments

One of the great privileges and responsibilities of leadership is identifying and training the next generation of managers and leaders. Somewhere in between crisis management, contract negotiations, internal politics, status monitoring and your myriad other tasks, you should spend a few moments considering the future leadership of your organization. Figuring out who has the potential to become a great leader or middle manager of IT is difficult. Given that leadership is one of those things that most of us can identify when it’s put before us but find difficult to describe, it often...

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Transform Year-End Planning

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Leadership, News & commentary | 0 comments

For most companies, the planning process takes place in a management meeting that can last as little as a few hours or as long as a week. But most of the agendas for these meetings are basically the same. They include: What did we do this year? What do we want to do next year? And, occasionally, Who’s going to be responsible for making next year’s stuff happen? Of course, hidden in these deceptively simple questions are myriad subtle and difficult questions about technology, alignment, strategy, priorities and budgeting. By adding just a few more questions, you’re more...

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