Valeh Nazemoff

Opinions expressed by ICN authors are their own.

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.

Acquiring new technology: The data intelligence dance

5 tips to help overcome fear of change: It’s going to be (more than) OK

5 tips to help overcome fear of change: It’s going to be (more than) OK

How can technology departments help end users overcome fear of change when trying to take the business to the next level? Here are five tips to help your stakeholders and users overcome their fears and move forward.

The sizzle or the steak: What's more important in system design?

The sizzle or the steak: What's more important in system design?

When it comes to system design, what features weigh the most when you can’t have it all? Do you choose user interface or functionality?

Big thinking at the SSA: Lessons in communication and respect from its departing CIO

Big thinking at the SSA: Lessons in communication and respect from its departing CIO

There are lessons we can all take from Robert “Rob” Klopp's work as CIO at the Social Security Administration. The most important may be this one: Communication and respect go a long way toward opening minds and connecting with...

I’ll have what she’s having… Tech design that leads to 'positive' addictions at work

I’ll have what she’s having… Tech design that leads to 'positive' addictions at work

Successful gaming apps appeal to neurotransmitters in our brains that make us feel happy and connected -- and make us want to come back for more. It’s possible to design to business applications and activities that have the same...

Beyond Acronyms: Humanizing big data and information governance through mindful storytelling

Beyond Acronyms: Humanizing big data and information governance through mindful storytelling

Six tips for effective data storytelling, as learned from work being done at the Navy.

6 competitive IT strategy tips from state government CIOs and CxOs

6 competitive IT strategy tips from state government CIOs and CxOs

Even CxOs of state and local governments must stay competitive. But how can IT departments compete amidst budget constraints and red tape? Learn six mindful takeaways to be competitively strategic, even in tough conditions.

3 ways to make better decisions when interpreting visual data

3 ways to make better decisions when interpreting visual data

How many times have your eyes seen one thing, but your mind believed another? 'Sleight of hand' is present when it comes to our interpretation and analysis of data. Understanding how our perception varies of data based on how they are...

Why IT must be effective and efficient and what It means for your role

Why IT must be effective and efficient and what It means for your role

When organizations are frenzied to efficiently reduce costs over time, too much emphasis is placed on the “now” that the impacts on tomorrow are overlooked. In your role as CIO or other key decision maker, you can help your...

How to overcome internal SLA misconceptions

How to overcome internal SLA misconceptions

Formal, internal service-level agreements creates a truly professional business relationship between IT and their 'clients,' driving value and boosting morale.

STOP March Madness and Get Into a Productive Mood

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? ...

For the Love of Efficiency!

For the Love of Efficiency!

IT leaders vary greatly with their definitions what it truly means to be 'efficient' as do other C-level executives. No matter their definitions, this ambiguity all leads to the same place – confusion, conflict, and sub-optimized...

Load More