CEOs in Technology on Ulitzer
The "C" word is getting a lot of press these days (you WERE thinking CEO,
It seems that every time someone gets appointed to a government post, they
get the title "czar." There are so many of these little crazy Ivans running
around in Washington that Senator McCain said Obama has, "more Czars than the
We have a drug czar, an energy czar, a border czar, a climate czar, a czar
for this and a czar for that. In a Wall Street Journal article, Laura Meckler
once wrote about the rising ascension of czars in the White House.
And it's not just in the US. The United Kingdom has it share of little Ivans,
with drug czars, and according to Business Week, the UK has appointed its
first "Twitter Czar!" God help us all! (It's OK to say that...I'm under 140
The question is, what is a czar, and as a leader, do you want... (more)
At times, do you think you're a Superman or Wonder Woman? Pitted in a daily
struggle between the IT department and the business units? We all know that
IT managers juggle a number of hats and scramble to put out dozens of fires,
and truly can be a superhero to their organizations.
But did you ever think about what kind of superhero you are? Where do you
rank in the Legion of Superhero's taxonomy? Are you an IT Wolverine, Green
Lantern or Flash?
Take the IT X-Men (or Women) quiz to see if you have the right stuff to be an
1. Do you do it all?
A one-man or one-woman sho... (more)
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As an IT professional, you talk about IT issues all the time. But when you
speak to a business crowd, well… it can sometimes be very challenging, to
say the least.
Have you ever been faced with this type of communication challenge? Let's say
you're talking about cloud computing to your business users. After two
minutes of speaking, your audience's eyes glaze over, brows furrow and
zombie-like faces stare back at you. And no matter how many times you
rephrase and restate your ideas, still, you're talking to a bl... (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)
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)