How to Encourage Employee Loyalty & Retain Good Workers

Chart Your Course

Hubspot founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah noted certain qualities that characterize a loyal employee. A recent Gallup poll found that more than three-quarters of workers around the world are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” while at work. The poll’s findings indicate that a significant percentage of not engaged employees either lack motivation at work or aren’t interested in going above and beyond to meet company goals.

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer

Harvard Business Review

These three change accelerators are what lie behind today''s avalanche of business transformation, and they are directly affecting the roles of CIO and CTO. And, just as the CIO''s role needs to change, so too does the CTO''s—from Chief Technology Officer to Chief Transformation Officer. In the near future, the CTO will need to oversee the transformation of every business process, including how you sell, market, communicate, collaborate, and innovate.

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How To Disrupt the Tech World

Mills Scofield

In June 2013, Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya invited women to crowd-create a book on women innovators by sharing their own stories. The stories, including one by America’s new CTO and former VP at Google[X] Megan Smith , are the authentic voices of women who have persevered, overcome, created, and innovated their careers and accomplishments. What is your image of an inventor or innovator? A man alone in a lab?

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Learning The Keys To Exceptional Execution

Tanveer Naseer

Amar told me in 2013 that some factors have changed since he first published his findings, for example, access to capital is more widespread through crowd-funding, along with a mainstream popularization of entrepreneurship and rise of a global startup ecosystem. Guibert Englebienne, co-founder and CTO of Globant told me, “When you find unique talent, recruit it. The following is a guest piece by best-selling author Kevin Kelly.

Make Your Innovative Idea Seem Less Terrifying

Harvard Business Review

By 2013, we had honored Jack Dorsey of Twitter, Garrett Camp of Uber, famed choreographer Twyla Tharp, and Gangnam style pop artist Psy. Because Modernist Cuisine founder Nathan Myhrvold was a former Microsoftee (their first CTO and the founder of Microsoft Research), Heimendinger immediately reduced the perceived risk of hiring him by speaking their shared Microsoft language.

The Brief and Fascinating History of What You’re Wearing and Where It Gets Made

Harvard Business Review

For a time, having a BlackBerry was the ultimate status symbol in business, as well as the ultimate addiction: One former global account manager recalls a CTO referring to the blinking red light as "digital heroin." There are definitely times when I witness the baroque excesses of the Bay Area in 2013… and it all feels like the blind, unconscious decadence of a great empire just before its final descent into madness and irrevocable decline," Leonard writes.

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Is Your Organization Ready for Total Digitization?

Harvard Business Review

At Boeing, all enterprise technology (including digital) investments are managed by the CTO, which enables significant synergies. What do the following items have in common: credit cards and streaming or recorded music, robots for production, CAD systems, telephone networks, digital games, computers in products like cars and vacuum cleaners, sensors, and video consoles used in remote mining? Answer: They are all digital and connectable.

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Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

Harvard Business Review

Mike Subelsky, the co-founder and CTO at Staq, a tech start-up that makes software for digital advertising companies, spent most of his early career in roles with lots of responsibility, but not much authority. "I If you want to become a leader, don''t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion.

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Yes, Managing IT Is Your Job

Harvard Business Review

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer. In order to see the future more clearly, it''s almost always helpful to look back — and this certainly goes for IT and its ever-increasing impact on operations, and ultimately on competitive advantage. Information Technology Changes the Way You Compete" was a trailblazing HBR article by Warren McFarlan back in the early 1980s.

Don't Just Serve — Enable: A New Model for IT Organizations

Harvard Business Review

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer. The classic model of an IT organization as a central point of control over all things data was never ideal, and today it simply doesn''t work. Business users need increasingly fast, broad, and flexible access to data. It is no longer possible for IT to address every single business request. So, what''s an organization to do?

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CIOs: Scenario Planning Can Save Your Job

Harvard Business Review

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer. It''s the rare CIO who applies scenario planning to the business of IT. Yet, in a function driven by innovation and the uncertainties surrounding the application and implication of future technologies, not using scenarios is tantamount to management malpractice. Scenarios can help IT organizations create more resilient plans, practice for business climate changes, and better drive innovation.

A Board Director's Perspective on What IT Has to Get Right

Harvard Business Review

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer. Over the last 30 years I have served a large range of organizations as either a director or a trustee with the specific role of helping them exploit IT for competitive advantage. From my experience, I believe that there are four highly interdependent categories of contributions the CIO and IT function should make. Generating Top-Line Growth.

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The First 90 Days in a New CIO Position

Harvard Business Review

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer. Perhaps the most exciting (and challenging) aspect of working in a progressive IT organization is the pace of technological change. It requires that IT staff — and our customers — are continuously learning. Managing this rapid change and fostering innovation while "keeping the trains running on time" is the primary leadership role required of any CIO, new or old. I fundamentally believe that these need not be mutually exclusive goals.

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How IT Professionals Can Embrace the Serendipity Economy

Harvard Business Review

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer. With Frederick''s Taylor invention of scientific management in the 1880s, and its subsequent assimilation into what we now consider modern management, organizations have used logic and rationality to the eliminate waste, to seek efficiency, and to transfer human knowledge to tools and processes. This perspective created the industrial economy lens through which most managers perceive their operations.

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Why Can't a CIO Be More Like a CFO?

Harvard Business Review

They have remained, instead, CTO''s. Information governance is not IT''s job. But it should be the CIO''s job. It''s time for CIOs to move beyond their roles as chief technology officers, and embrace the name with all of its implications: Chief Information Officer. Because no one is managing the store. The explosive growth of information is accelerating. According to the 2012 IDC/EMC report on the digital universe (PDF) , it''s doubling every two years.

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C'mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

Harvard Business Review

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer. Businesses mostly seek to avoid risk. Leaders equate risk with potential failure, so organizations have morphed into hierarchical, fixed systems to constrain variability within an acceptable range that has become progressively narrower. As a result, in recent years, innovative ideas have been stifled and entire industries have fallen into the death spiral of cost/price cutting commoditization. Enterprise IT is no different.

Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Harvard Business Review

The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer. With a tsunami of new digital technologies all converging simultaneously — social, mobile, cloud, analytics and embedded devices — there has been, once again, a cry for corporate IT to radically change to enable the digital transformation of businesses. But here is the daunting and exciting thing: we''re only at the very beginning of the next digital wave.

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Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business

The book, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation , was written by Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, with Greg Brandeau, former CTO of The Walt Disney Studios and current COO/president of Media Maker; Emily Truelove, a PhD candidate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management; and Kent Lineback, Hill’s cowriter on, Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Good Leader.

Why I Phished My Own Company

Harvard Business Review

Today, I make strategic and tactical technology decisions as the CTO of Atlantic Media. Ten months ago, I was in charge of digital technology for the White House, where security was the top priority and it was inexcusable to let your guard down. In a media environment, security is often trumped by functionality, convenience, or cost. It''s frequently seen as peripheral or even an impediment to business operations.

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Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business

The book, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation , was written by Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, with Greg Brandeau, former CTO of The Walt Disney Studios and current COO/president of Media Maker; Emily Truelove, a PhD candidate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management; and Kent Lineback, Hill’s cowriter on, Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Good Leader.

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