Keep Calm and Lead On Being selected as the first CIO for Santa's North Pole comes with great opportunity to improve operations while reducing stress. My early observations have focused on security and production, resulting in enhancements to both technology and procedures.
Keep Calm and Lead On Santa, Inc. is a complex organization that is using dated technology in all areas of their operation and has no leadership to spearhead modernization. In order to hire a CIO, the interview committee has posed several questions for highlighting many of the challenges that will be faced by everyone that celebrates Christmas.
Keep Calm and Lead On In our normal routines, managers attempt to plan every detail of a project to ensure success. Life, on the other hand, is always interfering with that plan and presents us with an unlimited supply of disasters and the occasional crisis. This is my story of a small, natural disaster and how one neighborhood prevailed.
Keep Calm and Lead On Advances in collecting and analyzing enormous amounts of data affords us the opportunity to develop better and more precise products. However, this data may not be as important as the 'small data' thatg is available from your users and customers.
Keep Calm and Lead On Formal education is important, but many things can be learned from observing the world around us. I recently had a poor experience while eating out and learned more leadership lessons from a plate of spaghetti than any class offered in school.
Keep Calm and Lead On In 1936, Dale Carnegie wrote "How to Win Friends & Influence People" and became one of the most respected experts in human relations. The principles outlined in his book are equally important today and can be used in your role as CIO. Whether you need assistance with a Board, co-workers, or employees, Dale has provided useful tips for improving all types of relationships.
Keep Calm and Lead On Some user requests are much more complicated than others and may be difficult to fulfill. Saying no is not good for business.Here is a technique that gives you a positive way to respond to any request while allowing the user to ultimately determine its destiny.
Keep Calm and Lead On One of the most challenging duties that an IT director must battle is differentiating between the needs and the wants of their users. We must be open to new technologies but must be cautious in deciding which devices, services, software, etc. will be adopted and/or supported.