• Leadership - 9 Innovative Things To Do Right Now

    Posted July 26, 2009 - 9:37 pm

    The recession is in full swing, and companies everywhere are feeling the pain. Yours is likely no exception. Shrinking budgets, sweeping layoffs, and a smothering malaise that's settled over your workforce make it hard to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Leadership in unlikely places

    Posted July 26, 2009 - 8:22 pm

    The men and women who work with you already possess the skills, the knowledge, and the insights to pull your company out of its slump.
  • Cisco has to earn market leadership, CTO says

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Cisco Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior struck a humble note in a keynote address at the Cisco Live user conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, saying Cisco needs a broad architecture and services to become a true market leader.
  • Inside the World of Tech CEO Succession Planning

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 9:59 am

    While succession planning may not be as sexy as, say, innovation, social media or green technologies right now, it does indeed matter. Just look at the undesired attention and financial duress that Apple has endured since Jobs' health issues surfaced: a roller-coaster stock market ride for Apple tied to every Jobs' announcement and unsubstantiated rumor.
  • How to turn around a failing IT department

    Posted April 18, 2009 - 11:34 am

    The news over the past few years has had a stream of stories about business disruption as a result of faulty information technology (IT), where dysfunctions have a cascading effect throughout the business. Clearly, success in today's technology-centric climate is increasingly dependent upon an efficient and effective IT activity.
  • Seeking the very best IT leaders!

    Posted April 16, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    Now's your chance to get a worthy CIO or other top IT executive nominated for the 2010 Premier 100 IT Leaders awards.
  • 10 Business Lessons From 'Battlestar Galactica'

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    You think your business has it rough? The people of Battlestar Galactica have lived through a recession you wouldn't believe. With dwindling resources, a skeleton crew, enemies constantly lurking out of view, and a pervasive threat of annihilation, Admiral Adama navigates the vast unknown. Like any leader, he makes his share of mistakes--sometimes with devastating consequences. But regardless of the fate of that ragtag fleet, the tale of Galactica is rife with lessons that can benefit any business leader.
  • 15 ways to turn negative energy into positive solutions

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 11:33 am

    Get off the complain train and hop on the energy bus. Jon Gordon, author of The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work shares 15 ways to turn negative energy into positive solutions.

  • Seven ways to bring your company out of recession mode

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 9:07 pm

    Sick of existing in recession-inspired survival mode? You’re not alone. Gayle Lantz, author of the new book Take the Bull by the Horns, says it’s time for leaders to find inspiration and take action to move their businesses forward.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Management

    Posted January 13, 2009 - 8:08 am

    Are you poised for a successful career as a leader? What are your chances for survival in a leadership position? Read on to discover the characteristics that can bring you down!
  • Playing to Win: Why Coaching Should Be in Your Game Plan

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 10:22 am

    Are you equipped with the skills needed to move your employees to the next level? Find out how you compare to the perfect coach.
  • Credible leaders: How do you, Obama and McCain stack up?

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 10:01 pm

    Leaders need credibility to shepherd their organizations through good times and bad. When others believe, trust, and have confidence in them, they receive their respect -- they are someone with personal credibility.
  • Situation Analysis Part II

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    There are two common models for situation analysis: SWOT and PEST. These models help you answer the questions at the core of situation analysis: Does the proposed initiative move the company forward in its e-Business Readiness strategy? Does the proposed initiative expand the firm's competitiveness?
  • Leadership - Benefits of Virtual Business Processes

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    The concept of virtualization needs to be clarified. On the one hand there is hardware virtualization. Hardware virtualization includes servers, desktops, storage, data centers, etcetera – the physical components of the network infrastructure. Virtualizing at the physical level is a tactical maneuver. It is not a competitive differentiator, nor does it provide a long term, sustainable competitive advantage. On the other hand there is process virtualization. Process virtualization is strategic to a company. Improved business processes offer companies a highly sustainable competitive advantage by allowing firms to improve quality and productivity, lowering costs and freeing up resources to focus on innovation and adding value. Business process virtualization (BPV) also unifies the focus of the firm, whether the focus is on creating profit, monitoring and fulfilling consumer needs, growing the business or all of these areas.
  • Leadership - Value of Situation Analysis and Visioning

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 3:54 pm

    The next time your boss tries to fill your time with a project that does not support the bigger e-Business readiness strategy, ask a few of these questions.
  • Leadership - Defining IT Performance Measures

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Determining and establishing performance measures prior to a project's planning process assists in defining if the project was successful. Measurements assess whether the IT initiatives align with business strategies, ensure that the funding allocated was appropriate based on organizational priorities, and demonstrate that your investment produced the positive results you expected. What should those performance metrics be measuring?
  • Leadership - Funding IT

    Posted September 12, 2008 - 2:59 pm

    Establishing budgets and funding for company initiatives have to be some of the most challenging business discussions. It probably feels like every department is being squeezed to provide more toward the company’s growth with shrinking resources. This is where conducting business as an e-Business organization truly shines. Department leads need to focus on two critical areas: creativity and collaboration. Teams that collaborate across the firm obtain greater leverage of existing corporate knowledge as well as resources that exponentially improve each division’s initiatives.
  • Leadership - The Role of IT Governance

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 6:20 pm

    You are probably asking yourself: What is IT governance and what function does it perform in preparing a company for e-Business? The IT governance team is a subset of the overall leadership team. The governance team is a board or senior management responsibility, and IT governance is specifically related to IT. The team must carry the leadership strengths with it as it focuses on IT governance and aligning IT with business strategy. The IT governance team is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that IT initiatives and projects move the company incrementally closer to its goal of virtualization and e-Business Readiness.
  • Organizational Leadership - Preparing Leaders for Virtualizing the Business

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 3:34 pm

    Virtual business success begins at the top with Internet savvy leadership. What do you do, then, if after reviewing the leadership readiness questions you discover the firm's leaders are not ready to go virtual? This post explores a few of the most common hurdles of leadership readiness and how to overcome them as you build your business case for taking the firm virtual.
  • Leadership readiness for virtual business

    Posted September 3, 2008 - 9:55 am

    Organizational leadership in the virtual firm is fundamentally different than leadership in an Industrial-Era firm. Don’t get me wrong, the works of Frederick Winslow Taylor and Peter Drucker laid the foundation to scientific process management principals. However, these bellwethers were coming at business theory during the Industrial Revolution. Their focus was on improving assembly line efficiencies, the core of most companies in their era. Today we seek to improve the flow of intelligence: intelligence on supply chain, customer satisfaction, distribution, research and development, and other processes. Business processes and how they interplay are at the core of the virtual business.
  • IT directors seek leaders not geeks

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    Leadership experience outweighs technical proficiency as the best skill for IT managers to possess, according to an annual recruitment survey.
  • Seven ways to make sure your workforce investment pays big dividends

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    It's no secret that the economy is barely limping along. And whether or not your company is feeling the pinch, the downturn is making you scrutinize your employees with a skeptical eye. Is Anthony really working or is he goofing off? Why does Stacey hole up in her office and never speak to anyone?
  • Key words for leaders

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 2:12 pm

    Successful leaders put language to work
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