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How Do You Succeed When Your Team Does Not Report To You ?

The review meeting was getting hot and interesting; the function head was being questioned on the lack of leadership and ability to influence business units to follow defined standards; after all he had defined the standards and formulated implementation guidelines. Then why was he not able to get the business ...

Effective Leaders Know the Science Behind Their Behavior

Lynn had dreaded this meeting with her team. Frowning, she looked around the conference table and said, “I’ve got bad news. Upper management told me this team’s performance is unacceptable. We have to pull up our numbers by the end of this quarter, or heads will roll. I’ve decided ...

Effective Leaders Know the Science Behind Their Behavior

Lynn had dreaded this meeting with her team. Frowning, she looked around the conference table and said, “I’ve got bad news. Upper management told me this team’s performance is unacceptable. We have to pull up our numbers by the end of this quarter, or heads will roll. I’ve decided ...

CIOs Should Better Know their Domain and Industry - Or Else...

For every industry regulatory compliance is a given with no exceptions; these are local to the enterprise home country or in the markets they operate in, and dependent on products and services. In such situations there is always a choice of vendors who offer solutions to solve the problem at ...

CIO and the Fight for Millennial Workforce

Thomas Saueressig, the recently appointed CIO of SAP, is gung ho about introducing cool new technologies like holograms and intelligent assistants into the company. What’s interesting to note is the reason behind it – attracting and retaining the millennial workforce.A millennial himself at 31 years old, Saueressig has ...

Why is Gaining Acceptance in a New Role More Difficult Than a New Role in a New Company?

It was the usual monthly management review meeting where the CEO announced his intent to leave. He had built a great team with mix of talent, each bringing something to the table, complementing each other in more than one way. Potentially any of them could have taken the position ...

Here’s What Facebook’s CIO Job Vacancy Looks Like. Do You Want to Apply?

Are you sure that you are progressing in the right direction in your CIO career? Well, if you are not sure, then here is a benchmark to refer to and measure yourself against. And, that benchmark is the recent job vacancy posted by Facebook for the post of its ...

How This CIO is Clicking His Way to Excellence

The old saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when an innovative CIO puts a new spin on it along with a humanistic passion behind the click, the picture is not only worth more, it becomes an instrument for positive change. Meet Rajendra Deshpande, the ...

CIO Who Heads Team of Business Leaders to Lead Business Transformation

While there are numerous examples of CIOs driving IT transformation within their organizations, how many can actually stake claim to leading core business transformation exercise? The answer would be a dismal few. But, one of my recent interactions with a CIO has made me hopeful that change is just round ...

Is the CIO Rightly Chosen?

The information technology sector has made rapid strides in the last two decades and its impact has been felt not only at the workplace but also in the life of the common man. As the advancement in technology brought in newer challenges in application, its management needed to adapt to ...

Majority of CIOs are Not Yet Truly Influential With the C-Suite

There are multiple factors that go into making the CIO wield influence as a business leader. Key among these factors is the relationship and deep engagement built with C-suite leaders, employees, business peers, partners, etc. However, good executive relationships don’t necessarily mean strong influence as well. According to a ...

Three Ways to Avoid Crossed Wires at Work

When you're setting up several pieces of technology, it's easy to get the wires crossed so the different devices can't interact with each other. If we're frustrated, rushed or distracted, the same thing can happen when we're trying to communicate with our teammates.          One of my colleagues is Mirabai Bush, ...

The Leadership Skills Gap: INFOGRAPHIC

How is the leadership at your organization? If your leaders were to retire today, do you have enough employees who are ready to take over their positions? It is often said that succession planning is a complex activity, and obviously highly sensitive in nature with respect to both the business ...

Hard Realities of Soft Skills of Current CXOs

Please call me back after an hour; I will call you back; send me an email and I will revert; remind me to send you the details; the list is quite long, so I will stop here. I am not even listing unanswered emails, requests to call back, text messages, and ...

Analyst Prediction Comes True: An Enterprise with No CIO

For many years there have been predictions that with changing technology and business landscape, the CIO role will disappear. Triggers were real and imaginary - evolving or disruptive technology, shift in organization dynamics as a result of external environmental and economic factors - everyone loved to bash up the CIO ...