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Avoiding The Savior Complex: How CIOs Help Leaders Of Business Face Reality With Three Powerful Questions

Leaders look to IT as a Savior. CIOs know better than to live in that shadow, and they ask three powerful questions to help business leaders face reality and effectively allocate technology resources.

Joe Woodruff

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 CIO Leadership Becomes A Cut Above The Rest

The Cut-Above CIO is a leader who understands the differences each of his key leaders bring to him, and knows how to chart a course with them that is unique to their ambition.

Joe Woodruff

The One Question That Determines Your CIO Leverage: Are You Setting The Pace Or Settling In Place?

CIOs who leverage their leadership embrace five pace-setting qualities: They are opportunity-focused, certain enough, influence minded, network established and resource savvy.

Scott Smeester

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

How CIOs Attract Better Talent Through Reverse Interviews

You are in a battle for talent. Beat the competition by implementing Reverse Interviews. Here is what they are and how to conduct them.

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

When Culture Is Overrated: How CIOs Dare To Call-Out The Giant of Culture

Too many leaders believe they have a culture problem when they don’t. Here is how to identify the false narrative of culture, call out the one-dimensional giant it has become, and take back the power true culture can have in your company.

Scott Smeester

Why Go Back To The Office: A Decision Grid For The CIO

The decision regarding whether to return to the office won’t be answered by a number of considerations. The insightful CIO needs to take only two actions to make a wise choice.

Scott Smeester

How CIOs Sell Themselves: The Hard Fact Of An Executive Reality

It takes a lot of work to become a CIO. It takes even more to lead well in the role. Three areas of focus will increase your leverage and pave the way for what you want to get done. You are always selling yourself. Here is how to sell well.

Scott Smeester

How CIOs Tamed 2021 And Set Up 2022 To Be A Breakout Year

CIOs handled 2021 in exceptional fashion. It’s because they know a secret, because they know who they are and what they have up their sleeve.

Scott Smeester

How Effective CIOs Determine What The Real Problem Is

Problems surround the CIO. Solving for the wrong problem wastes time, energy and money. Five shifts help the CIO determine real problems from presenting issues.

Scott Smeester

Reframing The CIO Role In Data Analytics

CIOs don’t need to understand the inner workings of data analytics, but they do need to see the value in it. But beyond that, it is not about the data but the decisions, which means CIOs need to approach data analytics not as a center, but as communities.

Scott Smeester

These Three Qualities Will Solidify Your Hybrid Employee As A Rock Star

We are overthinking hybrid-work. Dial in on who you need, and how the work gets done will take care of itself. Look for three essential qualities in hybrid-work hires.

Joe Woodruff

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

The CIO As Futurist: How To Lead Into What Is Next

The single most defining attribute of a CIO is as a futurist. It’s a risky position to have. But five practical points of focus will help you lead into what is next.

Scott Smeester

The Myth of CIO Burnout: How To Corral Your Slide And Start Fresh Tomorrow

Burnout is an overused term for a lethal threat. Unless the CIO understands its origin, (s)he can never properly address it and prevent it.

Joe Woodruff

Three Overlooked Practices To Successfully Lead Vendors And Manage Stakeholders

Vendor contracts often place the CIO in the squeeze between contract fulfillment and stakeholder expectations. Three carefully crafted practices will keep you in the lead and in favor.

Scott Smeester

The CIO Driver - Part 2: Tell Truth To Yourself Before Another

Before telling the truth to others, tell it to yourself. An exercise in introspection will go a long way to turning hard-conversations into effective, watershed moments of change.

Scott Smeester

The CIO Driver: Retool Your Leadership By Rethinking Your Definition

Leaders get frustrated when they aren’t getting anywhere. That’s why leadership is more than influence; it involves knowing how to rally, craft and drive. Of the three, drive seems to be the least emphasized in modern perspectives of leadership. It’s time to recover that.

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 as Imagineer: How To Think Better To Lead Wider

To lead wider, CIOs need to think better. They do so through assessment, inquiry, focus and engagement.

Scott Smeester

The CEO and the Myths of Autonomy: Legends that Expose Fairy-Tale Leadership

Autonomy is essential for the C-Suite and leaders of your organization. But autonomy has been misunderstood, and as a result, led to horrific consequences. Two simple answers will eradicate the monster of autonomy gone wrong.

Scott Smeester

CIO Leadership Mastery: Three Perspectives That Will Make You Larger Than Life (no cape required)

The CIO has an opportunity to make deep impressions in the life of their company and the lives of their people. They just need to keep three things in view: the need for more, the pace of momentum and the leverage of opportunity.

Scott Smeester

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

Why CIOs Quit, and When a CIO Should Never Quit

CIOs quit for legitimate reasons. They should also never quit in three specific seasons. Knowing when to quit and when to not is the art of leadership.

Scott Smeester

The CIO As Visionary Leader: What Your Marketing Team Knows That Will Make You More Effective

The CIO as a visionary leader can learn a lot from the marketing team. Understanding a person or group’s level of awareness, and how much and what information to impart is critical to communicating vision.

Scott Smeester

The CIO at the Crossroads

Effective CIOs need to come alongside each business line to explore the best path forward. Thinking through six questions will better prepare the CIO for the conversations and work ahead.

Joe Woodruff

The CIO and the 2021 Environments for Success and Growth

The CIO must transform from recent hero to effective leader. To so do, shape six crucial environments: collaboration, customer experience, remote work, change management, security sensitivity and executive posture.

Scott Smeester

The CIO, 2020 Vision and 2021 Mission

You chose to invest yourself in what matters; people just found out how much you matter.

Scott Smeester

How The CIO and Board Work Toward Better Cyber-Risk Governance

The CIO and board of directors must implement a new dashboard that indicates secure risk management, business alignment and incident responses are in place and functional.

Joe Woodruff

Why Every CIO Needs an Advocate

Every leader needs an advocate who serves as a champion, guide and resource for each leader’s identity, success and experience of supportive community.

Scott Smeester

What Boards Don't Know Will Hurt You

We have never been in better days for the CIO to be at the table, and for the CEO to shed the burden of trying to represent the critical dynamics of technology that must influence board decisions.

Joe Woodruff

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

Essential ACTS of Effective CEOs and CIOs – Part 4

Collaboration takes shape as IT possesses a comprehensive understanding of business vision and can act as an internal consultant, driving business and IT as a learning community with mutual understanding and mutual expectations.

Scott Smeester

3 Shifts a CIO Must Master In Order To Provide Value

You always have been more. Your love of what technology has longed for others to see its value. That day is here. But you must make some shifts, and you can’t wait to be invited to make them. You must demonstrate your value, or the thing you always knew technology could do will be entrusted to someone else.

Joe Woodruff

Essential ACTS of Effective CEOs and CIOs :: Part 1

This is why you have risen to the top of the pack. In particular, the CEO, CIO and C-Suite are hyper-sensitive to being distracted from what matters most. Especially, the CEO and CIO have moved into a working relationship different than before and more essential than ever.

Scott Smeester

Two Long-Lasting Benefits of a CIO Peer Advisory Group

The CIO is both the most crucial and most volatile expert to companies today. Navigating change and crafting transformation require the CIO expertise. Yet, there are still questions being resolved as to place and function.

Scott Smeester

How C-Suite Executives Lead Digital Transformation, Part 3: Drive

Digital Transformations are not just about corporate change. Celebration at the end is appropriate: Change has been made. But celebrations along the way reinforce that people are the ones making the change. The end is a product of great minds and talents within the initiative.

Scott Smeester

How C-Suite Executives Keep Their Geeks Geeking Out Over Their Job

Yes, Geeks love money and time-off and other physical perks, but that is not what drives them and keeps them. Instead, most Geek-work is driven by creative problem solving. The C-Suite Executive who keeps their Geeks geeking out are the ones who offer multiple motivations built around this single core.

Joe Woodruff

Change the Way You Change and Never Hate Change Again - Part 2

Unless you are intentionally shaping what you want, you will find yourself immersed in another culture by default. That culture never creates value. It defends turf: And it’s led by complacency and resistance.

Scott Smeester

Change the Way You Change and Never Hate Change Again - Part 1

Your life owes its greatness to change. If you lead a thriving enterprise, your debt is no different. Change makes you what you are. Change makes possible what matters most to you.

Scott Smeester

Five Skills IT People Must Have Before Being Considered for Promotion

The moment you assume the mantle of a leader, you redefined success in terms of how you bring out the best in others, and how you multiply your skills to the point that others surpass them. Leaders are not threatened by any one individual’s success, because the leader is measured differently than those they lead.

Joe Woodruff

CIO Driven Realignment

What you do matters. What technology does matters. The recent evolution of positive relationship between IT and business leverages greater possibilities than ever before. That makes alignment between IT and LOB more critical than ever before.

Joe Woodruff