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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

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 Creative CIOs And Their Teams Increase Productivity In Hybrid Work Settings

CIOs and their team must have creative moments to be productive. Too often, those creative opportunities are crowded out. Three key practices will restore and increase productivity.

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

What The CIO Gets That The CEO And Board May Not Realize

Stakeholders know the value of the CIO. The last thing they want is for their CIO to be led down a wrong path, distracted by the agenda of others, and misdirected by trends that lure them into waste.

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

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

Fire The Punter: How Data And The CIO Leads A Company To Winnable Innovation

Data is the driver. Avoid these five pitfalls in order to stay on course: Style over substance, futile fighting, willful ignorance, chasing aberrations and lazy thinking.

Scott Smeester

Why A Fractional CIO Meets Your Need

Though small to mid-market companies often cannot afford the full-time services of a CIO, they are still faced with the responsibilities a CIO normally fulfills.

Scott Smeester

Mastermind Groups vs. Networking Events

I’m all for networking. I have met incredible people doing so. I was also lonely. No matter how much networking I was doing, I still felt as if I was working in isolation. You can be surrounded by people, but unless you have others in your life who advocate for you, you feel very much alone.

Scott Smeester

Why The CIO and C-Suite Need Design Thinking More Than Ever

In today’s changing environment, we not only must work differently, we must think differently. Design Thinking ensures that we are focused on the right problem and producing the right solution by thinking in the fields of Them, Us, and It.

Joe Woodruff

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

The Once And Future CIO

Maybe you want to turn a hobby into something more. Or maybe you have a creative project to share with the world. Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

Scott Smeester