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Leaders Lead Leaders: How technology leaders rise above regardless of where they rank

Leaders lead leaders. They can’t help it, but they can own it and be more effective in it. The first of four strategies is to serve by being clear and unapologetic about the value you bring. There are three areas in which you must do so: What can’t be contained in you, What can’t be denied from you, and What you must handle with care.

Scott Smeester

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January 5, 2023

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December 22, 2022

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Scott Smeester

A CEO Reflects On CIOs

In my annual end of the year article, I thought you should know what I have learned about you
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December 14, 2022

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Scott Smeester

Two Master Keys Technology Leaders Use In A Compelling Personal Brand

Leaders need a personal brand. But not for the reasons that they think. You aren’t trying to stand out from others; you are trying to communicate your fit. Knowing the difference, and understanding how to do it, will lead you to the opportunities you seek.
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December 8, 2022

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Joe Woodruff

The Three Priorities CIOs Use In Justifying IT Costs

An evening visit of familiar ghosts teaches the C-Suite a better way to filter budget decisions and cost justification.
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November 23, 2022

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Joe Woodruff

When To Leave, When To Stay

I have stayed and left to my regret; I have stayed and left to my reward. I’ve become a bit wiser in knowing which is called for.
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September 29, 2022

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Scott Smeester

Why A White, Male, Executive Advocates For Women As Technology Leaders

We need women to lead in technology, but the standard narrative as to why misses the point. And as women continue to elevate their leadership, they do so knowing the critical areas to focus on, the mistakes to avoid, and the skills to develop.
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September 7, 2022

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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.
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