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)
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)
CEOs lead by using their brains: they think about how to generate revenues,
they ponder company vision and they constantly think about how to advance and
grow their organization. Competitive analysis, differentiation,
profitability, sustainable growth and innovation. Whew! Heady heads! And
that's good stuff going on in the brains of business leaders.
But in a down economy, you can tell real leadership by what is going on in
executives' hearts. Shifting focus from profits to philanthropy is easy in
good times, but in this bleak economic landscape, it takes a CEO with the
right stu... (more)
CEOs are known for flawless communication, right? We understand their ideas
and can execute on them. Well, maybe...it depends on the communication
vehicle they select.
When leaders speak or write, we have the chance to capture the flavor and
nuances of their communication: in depth insights. But with Twitter and text
messaging, some of that brilliance and subtly can get lost. Corporate mission
statements in 140 characters? Hmmm...maybe not a bad idea. But for critical
communications, perhaps social media is not the best choice.
In a wonderfully creative post, Jamie Quatro at Mcseee... (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)