IT leaders outline the key skills pros lack

Hint: They're not technical skills

IT leaders says tech pros need to teach employees how to fish, which means developing a new set of skills that will be critical in coming years.

The abilities IT pros need and are currently lacking include:

  • Influence and teamwork.
  • Communication.
  • Organizational awareness.
  • Relationship management.

Those attending business-performance advisory firm CEB's Summit for IT Executives admit that the skills in question aren't traditionally associated with tech staff.

"Another attendee replied they were now talking about 'personal resilience and engagement with the business.' She continued that, 'technology skills will take care of themselves, so it’s the entrepreneurial mindset that matters,' " CEB's Raf Gelders reports.

Noted another: "We can’t build the required competencies quickly enough."

What this breaks down to is IT pros teaching their colleagues how to best use tech for maximum productivity, CEB says, and using their abilities in other areas of a business.

More than half of CIOs (57%) polled say IT staffs "lack the analytic skills and judgment needed to succeed in the changing workplace, including much greater interdependence across different teams and more business-led IT," Information Age reports.

via CMB

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