Leadership on Point

How Many Hats Does a CIO Need to Wear?

October 21, 2016 Joe Wolke

Technology leaders earn their keep when they help their organizations use technology as a competitive advantage. Success is no longer measured just in availability, speed and uptime: one must now add resiliency, security, scalability, affordability and, most of all, the flexibility to meet business needs that have yet to be defined. These leaders must understand differentiators in their businesses; they need to know real capabilities in the IT marketplace as well as the best providers of those capabilities; and they need to know how to staff and manage high-performing teams who can assure consistent and reliable delivery of those services. They need to be:

  • Technology specialists who know and understand what is real and what is hype
  • Authorities in security, protecting the information that drives the company as well as meeting regulatory compliance
  • Team leaders able to attract, manage and retain a team of highly skilled technical professionals
  • Salespersons, working with peers within an organization to create and sell the business cases that prove the investment in technology is the best use of a company’s money
  • Service brokers with the ability to source both commodity services and the business differentiators from providers both internal and across the globe.

No single university discipline, certification or job prepares individuals for what they need to be the best IT leaders for their organizations. There is no single source that can teach IT leaders to comfortably wear all the necessary hats at the same time.

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Immediate Opportunities To Improve Your Business

July 12, 2011 Jim Desrosiers

As a business consultant in many different industries, I noticed a pattern that has resulted in companies struggling to survive or do well in today’s economic environment.  Here’s GROWTHco’s Top 5 List of Immediate Improvement Opportunities.

These don’t include operational, infrastructure, or technological improvements that may take longer to implement.  These are people and process improvements that have made immediate impacts on the bottom line of our clients.  Ask your team if any of the following pertain to your company:

1)  Commitment to a predetermined vision: Although major business schools are telling business leaders to ‘throw away your business plan’, the #1 concern I have with businesses today is their lack of commitment to a specific outcome.  Know exactly what products and services you provide.  Know who needs your offerings AND has the ability to pay for them.  Identify the best strategy to penetrate your unique market. Don’t let every outside opportunity and potential partnership take away from your vision.  Sure, there is a time and place to identify and explore new opportunities, but not at the expense of your current strategy.  Some companies are now adopting a R&D (Research & Development) person or team whose primary role is to explore new opportunities and keep key personnel laser focused on the existing path to success.

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Achieve Your Goals in 2011

January 5, 2011 Jim Desrosiers

Wow!  2010 for most of us was pretty rough.  The economy bottomed out.  It started to rise off the floor…barely…and has stalled.  Sure, there’s business being done and money still to be made, but only for those who are “playing to win” instead of “playing not to lose“.  You can win in 2011…here’s how:

#1 – People have a poor attitude about current conditions.  Remember the saying, “If you think you’re going to win, you’re right.  If you think you’re going to lose, you are also right!”  I agree, business has not been easy.  However, we need to stay committed to our beliefs that we can win, we have a valuable product or service with a beneficial value proposition to our clients, and that we will win…no matter what.  Question 1:  Do you &/or your team have the proper attitude and belief system to succeed?

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