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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

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

The Two Practices That Make 2022 The Year Of The CIO

2022 is your breakout year if you learn to master two practices of healthy leaders.

Scott Smeester

4 Errors CIOs Must Correct To Be More Convincing When Speaking

CIOs and leaders commit four errors when speaking that fuel the frustration that they are not being heard and feed the belief that people are not interested in what they have to say.

Scott Smeester

How To Help Your CEO Help You

The best leaders know what their strategic needs are. They know specifically what the CEO can do for them. No CIO should be caught unaware. Knowing your needs in four areas will ensure that you are always prepared with a great response.

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

How Leaders Maximize Outside Input And See Results Overnight

Most sources of outside input end up as waste. The CIO is more valuable than that; your velocity and capacity of growth depend on the source of influence. A well-led peer advisory group will give you the results you need in the time you need it.

Scott Smeester

Why Women Must Rise As Technology Leaders

We need more women in technology leadership roles because of the strength that comes from how they have been shaped and what they have overcome.

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

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 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

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

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

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

What Employees Need in Times of Uncertainty

Joe Woodruff

What Every Leader Needs To Hear In The George Floyd Protests

Protests are the voice of the unheard, Your employees find a number of ways to voice complaint without ever having to organize a march. Effective executives listen centered on the employee’s agenda. They do so utilizing a four-fold process of asking questions toward input, processing, ownership and action.

Scott Smeester

Essential ACTS of Effective CEOs and CIOs: The Interlude

Leaders understand that the most critical component of a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic is the leader. Tough circumstances call for tough conditions but tough conditions do not diminish tougher character and commitment.

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

Together Beats Alone

Peer learning, leading practices and supportive community is irreplaceable in today’s currency of gaining advantage and staying ahead. Without the insight of others, waste of time, energy, ability and money accumulates. No leader today will survive under the burden of expectations weighed down by less than best execution.

Joe Woodruff

One Habit That Undermines Leadership Credibility

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

Three Strategies For C-Suite Executives and Effective Decision Making

Anyone can make decisions. C-Suite Executives must make effective decisions. Effective decisions implement goals and plans, influence direction and people, and identify key issues and insights. To make these decisions, C-Suite Executives need to stay informed on trends and market realities within their business and filter decisions through customer-centric focus.

Scott Smeester

Why You Must Remember That You Are Unmistakable and Unforgettable

It is a unique and defining quality of executive and C-suite officers. Though you have leaders throughout your company, only a few can bring all the parts into a whole. Your calling in this regard is unmistakable. Your influence in this becomes unforgettable. Your employees want three things from you.

Scott Smeester

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