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 shop? Able to leap tall stacks of blades in a single
bound? Delivering uninterrupted download services at the speed of a 50-Mbps
bullet? You're a man or woman of titanium. The only thing that can sap your
strength is not kryptonite, it's klez. If this is you, then you're an IT
Superman or Wonde... (more)
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 n... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Today, CIOs are turned on, You Tubed-in and highly social. They use
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
They blog and appear in videos and engage with their constituents via
collaborative technologies. Very hi tech but very low touch.
Advice to CIOs: Go Primitive
The question is: are we relying too much on technology to communicate our
messages and forgetting the human element? It might seem blasphemous to even
suggest not using technology to connect and communicate, but pull back for a
moment. Have you considered going primitive?
The Urban Dictionary explains g... (more)
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 ... (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)