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How Tech Leaders Make Or Break Their Influence With One Skill

We think that influential leaders are the ones who have the best to say. It turns out, it’s the ones who have the best to ask. And asking the right questions is a skill not often or easily mastered, especially by those who think they already have it down.

Scott Smeester

When Tech-Leaders Face Career Stall Or Role-Rut

Career stall and role-rut are within your ability to move forward from. Tech-leaders who keep growing are intentional to develop personal, relational, positional and vocational areas that make them better professionals, better leaders, better executives and better experts.

Scott Smeester

In-between Transformation and Innovation: How Technology Leaders Identify and Lead Transition

Technology leaders are in an opportune moment to move business forward from transformation into innovation. But there is one critical mistake that will prove costly. Effective technology leaders know how to lead in-between movements and avoid outpacing others.

Scott Smeester

When Process And Technology Are Not Enough: An Interview With CIO Of The Year Nominee Jeff Cann

An effective CIO shows us ways to invest in ourselves and dig deep the well of our identity, capacity and destiny.

Scott Smeester

You Only Learned This If It Was Done To You: How CIOs Close The Talent Gap

Mentoring isn’t often taught in CIO leadership development. Four skills are needed: assessment, coaching, training and support.

Scott Smeester

The Main Reason CIOs And IT Leaders Will Resolve The Talent Gap

Great leaders are multipliers. And you must be; it’s not just the company that needs you to do so, it’s your country and your legacy that needs you to do it.

Scott Smeester

When Good Ideas Go Bad :: How CIO's Avoid Idea-Waste

Leaders are thinkers. But good ideas go to waste. For your idea to thrive, you need to avoid four pitfalls and traverse four avenues of idea fruition.

Joe Woodruff

How CIOs and CEOs Navigate The Hype And The Hope Of Citizen Development, Part 2

The answer to talent gaps, backlogs and shadow IT is Citizen Development. It’s not a fad, it’s a movement, and one you must lead and shape to resolve challenges you still face and will face more of in years ahead.

Scott Smeester

How CIOs And CEOs Navigate The Hype And Hope Of Citizen Development, Part 1

CIOs and CEOs need a cohesive strategy to counter the technology talent gap, backlog and shadow IT. Citizen Development is the framework that will get it done.

Scott Smeester

The Four Essentials CIOs Employ To Perfect The IT Brand

IT is a brand, whether you know it or not. You are regarded by others, and eventually compared to other departments. The CIO is the Brand Marshal, and there are four essentials you must employ to perfect your brand and to stand out from the rest.

Scott Smeester

The CEO/CIO Remote Work Decision Checklist

There are no ends of opinions and conflicting reports about remote and hybrid work. Use this checklist to help you form your own strategy.

Scott Smeester

How The CEO Is Being Misrepresented By The C-Suite

Public perception of the CEO matters, and members of the C-Suite misrepresent the CEO in subtle but daily ways.

Scott Smeester

When Change Is Meaningless: How The CIO Drives Transformation

Transformation is not an overused word. If anything, it is underused. Leaders embrace it and keep it in front of everyone.

Joe Woodruff

The CIO and the Future of Work: Being the Most Influential Leader in the Room

The future of work isn’t in the changes we see coming. It is in the CIO who is leading. You must expand your capacity to lead in three critical areas: customer, culture and competition.

Scott Smeester

Three Dynamics For The CIO To Improve Any Office Relationship

Office relationships don’t need conflict resolution. It won’t work. Some say ‘cart before the horse’ but I say you need the right environment before you do the right things. Three dynamics create the environment needed for healthy office relationships, and these three alone will improve any relationship: affirmation, acceptance and advocacy.

Scott Smeester

What the CIO Needs To Know About Office Politics

Too many CIOs know how to win in the realm of technology but then lose in the arena of political leverage. I’ve learned 7 insights that help me come out on top. The first is to engage it, not avoid it. What follows are the rules of engagement.

Scott Smeester

How The CIO and CEO Find Their Own Voice

Leaders who find their own voice drive their organizations; leaders who fail to do so drag their organizations along. Do you know how to find your own voice?

Scott Smeester

How C-Suite Executives Lead Digital Transformation and Avoid Stall Or Failure, Part 1

Though most CEO’s and CFO’s didn’t rise through the ranks of tech mastery, they still see clearly the essential changes in front of them. They then enlist alongside them a whole new band of Chief technologists. Together, Digital Transformation is your shared vision.

Joe Woodruff

The New LEFT Brain Leader for C-Suite Executives

Introducing LEFT brain thinking…Not the standard understanding that the left-brain is for analysis and the right brain is for creativity, but 4 commitments that will reduce waste and increase productivity, teamwork and morale.

Scott Smeester

Two Sets The C-Suite Executive Must Choose Between To Move The Organization Forward

Most companies are by definition a bounded set: You have a Board and policies and employees. Within the larger bounded set are any number of other bounded sets: IT, HR, Marketing, Finance, Production, etc. In other words, a typical company is defined by a number of boundaries. This is how a company exists.

Scott Smeester