These days, I am in hot pursuit of the “Top Ten Competencies of the Modern CIO.” This is not only to commemorate the retirement of my beloved David Letterman, but also to provide some guidelines to up-and-comers who are fashioning their IT leadership careers – and to my team of recruiters in identifying rock stars in the CIO candidate pool.
Managing Two People Who Hate Each Other
Managing people is never easy, but when the animosity between two of your direct reports escalates to the level of hatred, how do you minimize the drama and keep your team on track? Before you call for a professional mediator, remember that this is a fundamental part of your job as a manager. Try the following approach to get at the root of the problem and resolve the conflict once and for all.
Are Your Employees Getting the Praise They Deserve?
Employees in any workplace desire -- and deserve -- praise. We’re all familiar with performance reviews and “Employee of the Month” awards. But are those old-school tactics really getting at the heart of employee praise? It’s doubtful.
Best Practices for Optimizing Multichannel Support
Adopting new customer engagement channels like social media and SMS messaging is supposed to improve the customer experience by making it easier for customers to communicate with your business. But each new channel adds complexity to the contact center. This article presents a few best practices for enabling multichannel customer support via the agent desktop.
How CIOs can lead their company’s information business
CIOs must reimagine their role, seeing themselves—and encouraging others to see them—as chief executives of an information business. Like any chief executive, the CIO should bring vision, direction, and organization to the company’s big data investment priorities. That means engaging internal customers on their biggest challenges while attracting the best talent and suppliers; most important, it means being accountable for execution and results.