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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

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 CIOs Solve IT Staff Frustrations

IT staff are frustrated in five common areas. The CIO and IT leader needs to understand what is wearing on their staff, and how to respond in two substantial ways.

Joe Woodruff

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

Bandaids Won't Fix The Great Resignation: How CIOs Keep Their Staff

People are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Whether it is due to fatigue or a need for change, offering to “recharge” their batteries isn’t enough. They need to learn how to change their lives. They need an advocate.

Joe Woodruff

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

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

The Need For Anger: Three Ways to Leverage Anger for a Healthy Workplace

Anger is healthy for the workplace. CIOs need to master it as a leadership skill for the sake of their team, their work and their selves.

Joe Woodruff

Writing Persuasive Emails: How To Get It Opened First

Leaders deal with email on a daily basis. Four little shifts and the email you send will be opened and more effective.

Scott Smeester

Not Getting Through to Your CEO? 3 Reasons Why and How to Fix it Overnight

Feeling that you can’t get through to the CEO can be demoralizing. Fortunately, a simple recognition of how they are oriented can lead to overnight change with just a couple of adjustments on your part.

Scott Smeester

The CEO and CIO: 4 Critical Needs They Want From Each Other

The CEO and CIO want things from each other. Four areas are critical needs that often are overlooked: what each wants as it regards risk, networks, business exchange and team mastery.

Scott Smeester

Why The CIO Is Here To Stay

The CIO is here to stay. They are the bridge for customer experience, business priority and technology solution. Most of all, they teach everyone how to think differently, not just to know more.

Joe Woodruff

What Employees Need in Times of Uncertainty

Joe Woodruff

Managing the Difficult Geek Employee

Dealing well with difficult employees is the difference between well-deserved victory and an unforeseen upset. How do you know when to give up on an employee?

Scott Smeester