Quick question: what is the #1 job of a CIO? Hmm, good question, eh? Although this should really be part of the definition of information technology, I’m pretty sure that we could sit around and debate just exactly what is the #1 job of a CIO all day; however, I’m also pretty sure that we could agree that bringing innovation into the business has to be one of the top jobs of both the CIO and the entire IT department. Now the big question is just exactly how should we go about doing this? Let’s face it – social media has arrived. All too often the IT department may find itself sitting on the outskirts of this phenomena. As CIO, you are going
In the closing decade of the twentieth century, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. showed the world that elephants can dance by turning around IBM, a mammoth if ever there was one. Part of his winning formula was in functional centralization, appointing the company's first Chief Marketing Officer — in function if not in name. Two decades later, it's time for corporations to embrace a new functional member of the C-suite: the Chief Data Officer (CDO). Big data is enjoying unprecedented attention, with more than $1 billion invested in it in the last year alone. Big names like Ford and Sears are setting up data labs in the Bay Area and we have just witnessed
Microsoft is expected to take the wraps off of its latest Office and the product launch may be more strategically critical than Windows 8. Of course, you'd never know the role of Office 15 judging by the headlines. The numbers, however, tell a different tale.
As Mary Jo Foley noted, Office, which is likely to be known as Office 2013, has a few question marks. It's unclear how folks will get it. Functionality is an unknown---at least for those of us without a copy of the beta---and integration with Windows 8 will be interesting.
Flexing your style means being versatile in how you lead, communicate, and motivate. A tough approach propels one employee; mild-mannered encouragement inspires another. Being flexible requires proficiency in a range of techniques, to draw upon as needed.
This does not require disregarding your own temperament. It means maximizing rapport with others while maintaining your core of integrity.
Flexing your style does not mean holding people to varying standards--accountability remains consistent across the board. All that changes is how you manage and motivate different personality styles, particularly between thinkers or feelers.
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