STOP March Madness and Get Into a Productive Mood

Spring fever is here, and after this winter, we all deserve some fun. But business still needs to be done, no matter how much procrastinating we do. What should top CIOs do to prevent stagnation, stay positive and keep growing? Just like the morning routine, it’s not that complex. Here are 10 steps for CIOs to beat procrastination and stay positive.
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Valeh Nazemoff, is the author of the international bestseller The Four Intelligences of the Business Mind: How to Rewire Your Brain and Your Business for Success and The Dance of the Business Mind: Strategies to Thrive Anywhere, From the Ballroom to the Boardroom, along with being the executive vice president and co-owner of Acolyst, a high-level business technology performance management consulting firm. Acolyst is celebrating 25 years of serving the public and commercial sectors, utilizing the framework detailed in Valeh's book.

An accomplished strategic adviser, team-builder, speaker, author and teacher, Valeh is passionate about transforming and improving people’s lives through strategic planning, technology and teamwork. She enjoys problem-solving and loves taking the puzzle pieces of a distressed organization and then helping to create order from chaos. She is known as a firefighter who brings energy and purpose to helping businesses get delayed projects back on track.

Her passion is to transform organizations by sharing a proven framework based on her company’s methodology that helps leaders and decision-makers create strategic plans and approach future challenges practically, positively and proactively.

Professionally known as a go-to business technology expert who has been called the tipping point, Valeh has guided project teams for many government clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, the Social Security Administration and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. She has also consulted for clients of CA Technologies and was engaged by Lockheed Martin and CACI International, and she has coached and conducted workshops that included attendees from Harvard University, IBM, Wal-Mart and Erie Insurance.

A lifelong student, Valeh holds a BS in psychology with a focus in organizational behavior, two MBAs — in e-business and global management — and a certification in project management. She has taught and mentored students from George Mason University, the University of Mary Washington, the University of Phoenix and Marymount University on various business topics and skills.

Valeh served as a judge for the VARBusiness Technologist of the Year Award, and she has been a member of CRN Magazine's editorial cabinet committee three years. She has frequently contributed to IT and business publications such as UBM Tech, CA Technologies’ SMART Enterprise Exchange and the Thomson Reuters Executive Blueprints series, as well as various publications of IDG and Wiley. CIO.com recently selected her as a recurring contributor to a own blog, "The Mindful CIO." Her book was recently the subject of a feature in Inc. magazine. She has held workshops and speaking sessions at GRC Summit and CA World, among other prestigious venues, and she has shared insights with CIOs and high-level executives during the Healthcare IT Summit. Valeh has also received several leadership awards and was featured on New York's Times Square.

She is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area and invites comments and inquires at valeh.nazemoff@acolyst.com.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Valeh Nazemoff and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.