The late Walter Cronkite as a role model for IT managers? At first glance, we
might not see the connection between "the most trusted man in America" and
high tech management. But if we pull back the layers of how Cronkite
approached his job, there are solid day-to-day career lessons for those
working in IT.
Seven Best Practices Straight From the Desk of Uncle Walter
1. Explain things in a simple way so everyone can understand. CBS' Bob
Schieffer said people "understood Cronkite was guiding you through events."
He translated the complex or hard to understand in a way that made you nod
and think, "I get I now." When explaining the impact of an IT project for
your organization, break it down so the non-techies get the light bulb over
their heads. Explain it so your mother can understand it--use the criteria:
how would Cronkite say this?
2. Have an unbridled enthusiasm. N... (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)
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)
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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)
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)