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3 Surprising Insights About Strategic IT Leadership

“Why do you want to become a more strategic IT leader?” “What is your biggest barrier to becoming more strategic?” “How is strategy currently handled in your IT org?” For the last few weeks, we asked our community of IT leaders these questions. Why? IT leaders are constantly being told they must “become more strategic”. Often,…

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“You gotta understand the business!” — What it really means

(The following is an excerpt from our book The 11 Secrets of Highly Influential IT Leaders.)  “You gotta understand the business!” In the IT world, we’ve been hearing this call, this commandment, to IT leaders for as long as I can remember. But despite constant repetition, it still seems to be a chronic problem for…

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Two-Speed IT: Not As Sexy As It Sounds (Part 2)

In part 1 of this series, we explored a pair of competing requests many modern IT leaders receive from their stakeholders: Produce new innovative, strategic technology-based capabilities. Do so with reduced resources. We investigated one buzzwordy solution—Two Speed IT—and how implementing this solution often creates more problems than it solves. We proposed an alternate five…

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Two Speed IT: Not as sexy as it Sounds (Part 1)

With ever-increasing interest in technology solutions, IT’s stakeholders give them two competing demands: Produce new innovative, strategic technology-based capabilities. Do so with reduced resources. How can IT leaders step up to the plate and juggle these seemingly competing agendas: to meet the business’ demands for increased innovation, including new digital systems and services, all while…

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