Busy CIOs might consider Twitter as their new executive communication coach.
Don't scoff. It can be a highly effective teacher of powerful communication
strategies. And a cost-effective alternative to executive coaches!
What makes Twitter a great coach? It's all about developing the succinct
Twitter mindset. Concise communication can drive IT projects forward, gain
mind share and foster a greater understanding of the value of IT.
Best of all, you don't have to actually post on Twitter to become a better
communicator. Just reading good tweets can teach IT leaders impressive ways
to package their communication.
A Time and Place for Twitter-Speak
Twitter's character limit is obviously not the best choice for all types of
executive communication. For example, creating your vision statement or
designing a new data center initiative dictates much more than 140
When non-IT folks listen to technology staff talk about IT, it's a bit like
trying to crack the Da Vinci Code. It sometimes seems like a secret language
that confuses and maybe even intimidate business users. But by following a
few communication best practices, IT personnel can crack "the code" and have
an effective and successful dialogue with their business units.
Scene one: The CIO walked into her doctor's office complaining of sore throat
and a fever. She was a bit concerned about the rumors of swine flu hitting
IT personnel. "No," her doctor assured her, "You don't have swi... (more)
What if "The Cloud" visited a psychiatrist? Does Cloud and Cloud Computing
need therapy? Are they suffering from split personality disorder? With so
many people giving different definitions of what Cloud Computing is, no
wonder The Cloud has an identity crisis. Be a fly on the wall and listen in
to the Cloud's therapy session.
Scene: Office of Dr. Virgil I. Zation, a noted Silicon Valley Psychiatrist.
Dr. Zation is having a therapy session with a new patient named Cloud.
Doctor: How can I help you, Mr. Cloud?
Cloud: You can drop the "Mr." and just call me "The Cloud."
Doctor: Ok, Cl... (more)
IT personnel have been referred to as many things: some see the role of IT
staff as everything from heroes and essential partners, to %^&**!@#!!
villains. But how about a Pit Bull or a Chichuahua? Is there a German
Shepherd lurking inside that SOA developer?
If you take a look at some of the most dramatic canine personalities, you
might find some interesting similarities between network engineers, software
developers and man's best friend. If you're in technology, read on to
determine which IT breed you might be.
Which Breed of IT Are You?
Pit Bull. Official name is the American... (more)
The newest target population is IT presenters, and the geographic scope of
this nascent disease is now global. Rapid onslaught of symptoms include the
inability to focus and then agitation. Physical symptoms are fidgeting, then
heavy sighing, culminating in the urge to scream. The final symptom is
Cerebral Mortis: the brain just shuts down.
The original or parent disease is DBP: Death by Power Point, but a recent
variation, the F5 strain, is gaining strength especially in the IT community.
What is this new mutation of Death by Power Point?
The new strain embeds ... (more)