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9 IT Career Resolutions for 2013

Even if you are happy with your current IT job or role, there is a chance you might find yourself looking for a new position this year due to downsizing, outsourcing or reorganization. The days of working for one employer for your entire career, it seems, are over. So what can you do to shield yourself from the turmoil and layoffs that swirl through IT? Be ready for anything. You can't stop progress; the only choice is to evolve with the technology or get left behind. With that in mind, here's our list of nine career-related resolutions to make for 2013.
[Full Article]   Jan-06-2013

 

6 Ways IT Still Fails the Business

Sure, IT teams are doing a lot of things right. Cloud is a great example -- IT teams are increasingly not just open-minded to cloud software and infrastructure options, they're also starting to become the lead advocates for it. And a lot of everyday victories are things that never happen: systems that stay up. But every good IT leader has a spirit of constructive dissatisfaction, looking for ways to get better and test new boundaries. So here's a list of six ways IT is still failing the business, with survey data and examples to back up why we see these risks.
[Full Article]   Jan-06-2013

 

Workplace Distractions: Here's Why You Won't Finish This Article

In the few minutes it takes to read this article, chances are you'll pause to check your phone, answer a text, switch to your desktop to read an email from the boss's assistant, or glance at the Facebook or Twitter messages popping up in the corner of your screen. Off-screen, in your open-plan office, crosstalk about a colleague's preschooler might lure you away, or a co-worker may stop by your desk for a quick question. And bosses wonder why it is tough to get any work done. While some firms make noises about workers wasting time on the Web, companies are realizing the problem is partly their own fault.
[Full Article]   Dec-16-2012

 

The 10 Keys of Excellent Customer Service

Words alone are very powerful and they have a big influence what your employees and customers think. If you donít set both of these groupsí expectations up front, your company will never be able to excel in customer service. Focus on these 10 keys.
[Full Article]   Dec-16-2012

 

The Problem with Horrible Customers? You!

Clients and customers can often be angry, rude, demanding, narcissistic, and unreasonable. And letís presume, for sake of argument, that they always start the problem. Here is where you come in: human nature is designed so most of us say exactly the wrong things in response. Then you and your customer are off to the races. So letís look at what can go wrong, and how you can fix it.
[Full Article]   Dec-16-2012

 

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