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How to keep your team together (even when you need to split them up)

I was meeting with a client today, and he posed an interesting organizational question: “I’ve got 14 people reporting to me now. These folks make up my overall IT leadership team. Some of them are driving operations and are good day-to-day managers. The others are more strategic thinkers, capable of long-term planning and vision. I […]

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Why Face-to-Face Meetings are Underrated

Last Friday, Jason Fried (of the software company 37signals) posted a strong proposition to Inc’s blog. The post’s title says it all- Why Face-to-Face Meetings are Overrated. Fried asks a simple question: face-to-face may provide an exceptional environment for generating big breakthrough ideas, but how many big breakthrough ideas can your company really process at […]

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Should We Put an End to Telecommuting?

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is burdened with the honor of being the youngest Fortune 500 CEO, one of only 20 women in those ranks, and with having been hired in the third trimester of her first pregnancy. Understandably, a lot of people want her to carry their banner. However, it is not her job to […]

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Business Analysts Hold the Key to the CIO’s Future

For years CIOs (or should I say, IT managers) were chastised for being too reactive, too technical, too tactical. In an effort to address this “shortcoming,” CEOs and their consultants schooled IT managers on how to think strategically. And what fine students you have become. During the last few years (which we all know have […]

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The Role of the CIO: Why You Deserve to Be Demoted

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when a group of people (say, CIOs for example) are constantly talking about their role and the future of their role, it’s likely they are in trouble–whether they want to admit it or not. Judging from what’s been appearing online and in print over the past […]

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