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Technology Leadership: Transforming Low Performers to Rock Stars

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Technology Leadership: Transforming Low Performers to Rock Stars

I was speaking with a client of mine yesterday, and we were discussing his unique value proposition - and his equally unique approach to technology leadership.

And he told me an interesting story (with all details changed to protect his privacy). He was recruited - by a large, US-based manufacturing firm headquartered in a major Midwest city - to lead a very low performing IT organization. His mandate, essentially, was to fire the entire team within a month, and rebuild from scratch.

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Driving Innovation - Embracing Risk

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Driving Innovation - Embracing Risk

Innovation is a very hot topic these days. Innovation is recognized - rightly - as a key to both current and future competitiveness. Driving innovation is a complex process. There's no "one size fits all" approach that will guarantee successful innovation across different enterprises and verticals.

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CIO Transformation: Selling Long Term Investment

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CIO Transformation: Selling Long Term Investment

A key aspect of the current CIO transformation is shifting the conversation from cost cutting to the real return on long term technology investment. That can be challenging conversation - especially if the CIO's role is seen primarily as "keeping the lights on."

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Fear of Change Can Derail Your Executive Career Progression

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Fear of Change Can Derail Your Executive Career Progression

I was talking with a good friend of mine yesterday, who just made a change from a job she really hated - to one she really loves.

That transition took some time - and we worked through many of the issues. But our conversation got me thinking. One of the biggest issues she was dealing with is a very common one - at every career level, up to C-level.

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The Transformational CISO

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The Transformational CISO

"The most transformational job in the corporate world right now isn’t glamorous, certainly isn’t easy, and at times is even a little thankless. It’s a job where little can go right and a lot can go catastrophically wrong. If that isn’t enough, it’s probably the hottest seat in corporate America today

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As a CIO, Do You Need to be Mr. Nice Guy?

As I was exploring the news on CIOs this Monday morning, I came upon this interesting article from Forbes, "The Evolving Role of the CIO: An interview with Geoffrey Moore [Part 2/2]."

There's a lot that I like in this interview - Mr. Moore has some great points on the need for the CIO to balance the three seemingly incompatible roles of visionary, pragmatist, and conservative. I think that's an excellent way to define the (seemingly) incompatible types of leadership that a CIO needs to deliver.

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Beware of "One Size Fits All" IT Resume Advice!

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Beware of "One Size Fits All" IT Resume Advice!

It's a rare week that I don't see a blog post or article with the 3, 5, 7, or 10 things that a job seeker MUST or MUST NOT include on a resume.

There's one big problem with articles like this. They go on the assumption that every career is the same, and that there's an simple template - a cookie cutter approach - that works for every career, every resume, every job seeker.

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IT Resumes: Don't Ignore your Real Skills!

I've seen an interesting - but, I think, mistaken - trend over the last couple of months, on LinkedIn and various career blogs.

That's a tendency to ignore skills as a clear, necessary factor both in IT resumes, and in the broader job search. I've been seeing posts suggesting that people are hired because of motivation, cultural fit, dedication - but that skills just aren't important these days.

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3 Pieces of Bad IT Resume Advice you'll See Everywhere

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3 Pieces of Bad IT Resume Advice you'll See Everywhere

As a professional IT Resume Writer, I follow IT hiring trends very carefully - to ensure that I craft the best possible IT resume for my clients.

And there's some bad advice out there - advice that I see consistently. So I'd like to take a moment to discuss some of the things that you'll see - from the early stages of your due diligence finding a professional IT resume writer through the later stages of the job search.

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