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How CIOs Cut Through The Noise And Keep Their Best Employees

Retention narratives are loud and contradicting. Worse, retention efforts continue to fail. The ladder has been leaning against the wrong building. It's time to reset it.

Scott Smeester

How CIOs Identify What Really Holds Their Team Back And What They Do About It

CIOs aren’t usually trained in organizational psychology, but they live in its reality everyday. The dysfunction is real. If you think of it as a people problem, you have a bigger problem. Here is how to spot what really holds your team back and what to do about it.

Scott Smeester

How To Buy Your Way Out Of Quiet Quitting, Employee Disengagement And The Great Resignation And Still Drive Revenue

All of our efforts at engagement and retention fall short if we don’t customize growth at an individual level. Business is not about a person working for a company; it’s about a company working for a person.

Joe Woodruff

How Technology Leaders Overcome Imposter Syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome haunts technology leaders, leaving them subject to unsettling moods, lack of motivation and limited margins of opportunity. Knowing its source and how to overcome it is critical for those who want to become established and effective in their life and career.

Joe Woodruff

The One Investment CxOs Don't Cut During Inflation

Threats of inflation and recession have companies preparing for budget restrictions. The one thing you can’t cut, that is instinctive to cut, are the outsiders who are key for your insiders. How do you know who they are?

Scott Smeester

Why People Will Take Less Money To Work With You

Culture is critical in the battle for talent attraction and retention. But culture is too often misunderstood, and therefore, underplayed. Four elements define a winning culture.

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

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

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

CIOs Need To Get Ahead Of New Work Trends: Addressing Comp Time

The pandemic has led to unusual work environments and hours. Flexibility is the name of the game. Paid time off is given for expected work. But what are CIOs doing today to compensate for the unexpected, for the additional hours required of the salaried. It’s becoming an issue, and here are how your peers are heading it off at the pass.

Scott Smeester

5 Fundamental Maneuvers To Win The War Of Retention

The war of retention will be lost if you focus on efforts around promoting well-being and benefits. The number one reason employees leave can only be addressed by making five fundamental maneuvers.

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

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 Solution To Retention and Recruitment Every CEO And CIO Must Address

Retention is a real issue being met with weak solutions. You and your employees need an advocate, one who comes alongside another and promotes their success in areas of personal growth, relational health and work-effectiveness.

Joe Woodruff

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

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

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

How To Best Evaluate Remote Staff

Evaluating employees shifted from performance reviews to regular coaching plans. Now, the coaching focus has narrowed. Remote staff evaluation is centered around how the leader and employee process connection, communication, community and coordination.

Joe Woodruff

Essential ACTS of Effective CEOs and CIOs: Talent Magnets

Talent magnets look for candidates who bring potential and invest in their own development while attracting those candidates with a compelling brand, future value and an enriched experience.

Joe Woodruff