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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 IT Superhero. 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)

Walter Cronkite's IT Career Advice

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)

The CIO as Tarzan

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)

Twitter as a CIO's Executive Coach

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)

Can You Hear Me NOW?

Normal 0 0 1 521 2975 Core Ideas Communication 24 5 3653 10.265 0 0 0 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)