The power and pitfalls of patronage

The news of a prominent CIO's promotion to the group headquarters in the US has got me thinking about the power of patronage. My sources tell me...

Don't be a sheepdip manager

All is fair in love and war. Where the corporate world is concerned, a war footing is more usual.The end justifies the means. As long as the...

Grinding for the right reasons

The tasks which motivate us most aren't always the ones we most need to concentrate on.I just came across this post on Slashdot from computer...

Success changes shape

IT department's measures of success are changing.Ade McCormack's latest post on FT.com has picked up some interest in the social media in this...

So, what happened to the Olympics gridlock?

There was much talk in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic games of the disruption to business the event will cause. We've been inundated with...

Have you variablized your babble?

Language can be a tricky thing. One man's Standard English can be another's patois. Here's an example I have pulled out from a recent press...

My generation, our innovation

We have a lot of content devoted to innovation on CIO UK and it's not bad thing to be thinking about at the moment, as the economy struggles to...

Managing small teams

I've met with a number of heads of IT department recently where it has struck me how small their teams are, considering the size of their...

Smooth travelling in the Olympic Games? Hope for the best

Anyone who has taken a journey on London's transport network recently will be aware of a poster campaign advising travellers to seek alternative...

Make CSR part of your CIO remit

It's not necessarily an area that CIOs might think of as close to their hearts but some IT leaders have found driving the Corporate Social...

When excellence is an Alien encounter

As Ridley Scott's latest film Prometheus is released in the UK this week, I'd like to take the opportunity to use his first film as an...

Five tips on presenting and public speaking

I just came across this useful five-point guide to presenting and public speaking on Forbes, through LinkedIn. The author has tried to cut through...

Who are your key staff?

I just came across this interesting article on the BBC about identifying essential workers. Its focus is on the rising tendency for certain groups...

Public Service Network highlights the communication problem

This week I attended a roundtable event at the House of Commons, hosted by communications specialist Level 3 and sponsored by Alun Michael MP....

Four characteristics that define the CIO

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on whether the CIO is going to be replaced as head of the IT department by the CFO.

Women CIOs? Not one of us

Last week we published a story about International Women's Day not really being celebrated much in the UK IT landscape, with only 19 per cent of...

Is the CFO the new CIO?

One of the perennial hot topics for IT leaders is what the future holds for them and their roles. IT in business is certainly undergoing a...

Don't miss the train

It's no secret that the state of the UK education system is in a bit of a state, especially when it comes to preparing school leavers for the...

12 essential habits of new IT hires

Many CIOs will be thinking about reducing their headcount, rather than recruiting new staff, but if you are in the enviable position of having a...

No more public v private sector mindset

It's no secret that public sector IT is under a huge amount of pressure at the moment to create opportunities for cutting costs. Some of the...

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