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“It was refreshing to work with an IT strategy firm that put such a heavy emphasis on the importance of infrastructure and support services. Working together, we refreshed our operating model and moved the needle in key areas of customer experience and satisfaction. Most important, they focused on making my people successful through it all.“
“After so many integrations, divestitures, joint ventures and other transactions, our IT group struggled with direction and alignment. The new, clearly-articulated strategy we developed with Rain Partners gave our organization a true north star.
But Rain Partners did more than help us build a vision and strategy— they also provided the tools, techniques, and mindsets we needed to embed our new strategy across our global organization.”
“In most cases, ’IT Transformation’ is just a buzzword. But working closely with Rain Partners, I saw our transformation take shape in a very real and meaningful way.
Rain Partners’ emphasis on both the art and science of IT leadership helped us connect more meaningfully and collaboratively as an IT leadership team, and to extend that model out to the entire IT organization. Using real benchmarks and building new skills across the IT organization, we made our IT vision a reality for our stakeholders.”
“When I heard we were going to use a consultant to help us build a strategy, I looked in my digital archive and found our last three and realized they hadn’t been opened since they were delivered. So I was… s-k-e-p-t-i-c-a-l.
But then I talked with Rain Partners. And in the end, the IT strategy we made together is the first one that made sense, that the business completely embraced and supported, and in which IT owned the end-to-end outcomes.”
“I learned a lot from the meetings and workshops Marc facilitated over the five years we worked together at Teva Pharmaceuticals. Marc and his team always forced me to challenge my assumptions, and to go out of my comfort zone—for the sake of my business stakeholders, my IT group, and my own career.
Taking on my new role as head of IT of the HP Indigo Division was a big challenge for me, but I knew from the work Marc and I did together that I had a roadmap for success. I simply had to apply the essential IT management principles Marc taught and I would be on solid ground.”
“In today’s hype-driven world, the words ‘visionary’ and ‘thought leader’ are overused and often applied without merit. But, once in a while you do meet someone who has actually earned this description. Marc Schiller is that person. His compelling programs are rich in content, insight and practical applications.”
“Rain Partners help in expressing our digital strategy, and in particular with regard to the digital experience of our stakeholder and the creation of our new operation model, has helped our organization transform itself and each of these elements make up critical components of our IT vision and strategy.”
“When I presented the project you helped us with at our national sales meeting I was interrupted by applause three times.”
“Marc’s workshops are engaging and entertaining, yet at the same time deadly serious and content rich. It’s like he’s packaged up 25 years of experience just for you.”
“I got more out of 45 minutes with Marc than I have from any of the strategic professional development programs I have attended in the last 18 months.”
“ ... a phenomenal mentor, who raised my game, and quite literally changed the course of my career.”
“ ... someone who deeply understands technology, yet who also grasps critical business imperatives. This combination is indeed scarce.”
“Marc’s rich background provides fuel and great inspiration for the creation of vision and ideas.”
“Marc’s creativity and insight is tightly coupled to the real-world needs ... He translates vision into real value for clients.”
“The 11 Secrets get to the heart of what matters most for success in IT. In today’s hyper-speed technology environment, IT managers need to accelerate their learning curve about what works and what doesn’t. The 11 Secrets can get you to success faster.”
“If you are an IT project manager or team leader that wants to advance and to avoid the stumbling blocks that trip up so many in this field, then read The 11 Secrets. Your journey to success will be faster and less stressful.”
“The 11 Secrets are especially valuable for wrestling with the problem of how to effectively market IT to your stakeholder community. Phenomenally insightful; this is EQ for IT leaders. Whether for strategic decision making or guiding day-to-day operations, I’m already putting it to work.”
“I picked up The 11 Secrets to read on vacation thinking ‘Here we go with yet another IT book.’ I’m not sure who was more surprised at how much I enjoyed it, my kids or me. Suffice it to say, within a few pages I found myself underlining and dog tagging highlighting key messages and thinking ‘this is definitely not the typical IT management book.’ The unique value of this book, and the system Marc presents, is the tangible roadmap it provides for aspiring professionals and managers to follow in order to succeed in this demanding field.”
“The 11 Secrets of Highly Influential IT Leaders is a must read for anyone who aspires to be a respected, trusted, and listened-to leader in IT. Marc provides practical step by step advice borne from a career spent counseling IT professionals.”
“What makes this book stand out as a particularly valuable resource for IT managers and leaders are the many real-life, no punches pulled examples that fill the pages. It’s these real-world experiences that bring the concepts to life and provide an anchor for real learning for them.”
“If you are an IT leader working to have demonstrable impact with your business partners, this book is a great handbook. It will provide you with the skills you need to succeed."
“A lot of people talk about providing a road map to success as an IT leader but Marc really does provide that. Not only figuratively but literally. The 11 Secrets is filled with content that you think you may know but when you read it you will find a refreshingly challenging new approach to solving the critical challenges IT leaders face today. It didn’t just get me thinking, it got me to quickly take some important steps to raise my groups game one notch higher."
“This book will take you on a journey that will not only validate and make sense of your experiences of the past, but will lay out a path for you to achieve your career goals of the future. Extremely relevant for aspiring IT managers and professionals. I plan to give a copy to all of my direct reports."
“By far the best IT-related content I have read in a long, long time; presented in a simple, lucid and effective style."
“Inspiring. I threw The 11 Secrets into my bag heading out on vacation not really expecting to get to it. I ended up reading it cover to cover even fighting off much-needed sleep on the plane to soak up every last page."
“This book addresses one of the most important root causes of success or failure for IT professionals: the ability to influence peers, customers, stakeholders, and executives in IT-related matters. Whether you are a CIO today, hoping to be one tomorrow, or just want to do great work in our field, you will find this book to be a very valuable resource."
“There are plenty of IT management books that talk in generalities. What makes The 11 Secrets stand out is the very tangible and practical method it presents. In particular, Marc delivers on the most important (and usually the most difficult) task for IT manager, i.e., how to build effective relationships with business stakeholders."
“Building the right skills in senior IT managers is an important job for the CIO. This road map provides a clear set of steps for building those skills and achieving the influence IT leaders need to be effective with their stakeholders."