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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 People With Power Frustrate You: The Technology Leader's Secret Sauce To Staying Sane

Technology leaders don’t always get their way right away because of who gets in their way. Three practices will help you settle down and move forward constructively.

Joe Woodruff

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

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

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

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

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

A Different Perspective On Executive Boredom And New Life

Boredom is an executive experience. It is also a sign. Before you are quick to escape it, step back and look at it. One of three things may be at work more than you think.

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

The Only Three Insights CIOs Need To Sell Their Ideas

Every leader sells, and as the CIO portfolio broadens, selling ideas becomes an even more critical skill. Three insights will help you reduce friction and be seen as an advocate rather than an adversary.

Joe Woodruff

Four Checkmarks That Will Save Your IT Career

The one thing CIOs and technology leaders can’t get away from is the need to deliver. Today, that need is overwhelming. The answer to overwhelm is four essential dynamics that keep leaders well-ordered and able to work above the overwhelm.

Scott Smeester

How The CIO Can Calm The CEO's Frustration With IT

A recent roundtable of your CIO peers exposed six common frustrations CEOs have with IT and six practical responses that help you calm the storm.

Scott Smeester

Why You Are Not Getting What You Want Out Of Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is only valuable if it is not being masked as mentoring or consulting. Great coaching will always lead you through assessment, clarity, conversation and action.

Joe Woodruff