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How to Evaluate Whether You Made an Effective Career Decision

Lead Change Blog

Tom made a major career decision 3 months ago: he decided to leave his position as chief information officer at a large manufacturing firm to become an entrepreneur and start a company to provide software that helps manufacturers improve the quality of their manufacturing process. He made his choice after talking to his friend Dave, who left his chief technology officer position in a high-profile manufacturing company to become an entrepreneur six months ago.

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A Simple Way to Map Out Your Career Ambitions

Harvard Business

It’s easy to be confused about how to grow in your career. My experience with even the most successful global companies is that they’re between average and poor at developing future talent. They’re often not transparent about your real needs and vague about the most effective development options. Development matters. Leadership & Developing People Book. If your goal is to be great at early-stage pharma R&D, it’s the same process.

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A Six-Second Six Pack? Really, Now…

Marshall Goldsmith

If you want to know why so many goal setters don’t become goal achievers, you can pore over a bunch of enlightening academic studies about goals or you can watch these ads for 15 minutes. Don, our CEO, has been hearing some serious grumbling about Bill, our Chief Information Officer,” she groaned. Just as with diet and exercise, Bill’s behavioral habits took years to develop and won’t go away overnight.

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How Senior Executives Stay Passionate About Their Work

Harvard Business

Leaders like Ellyn Shook, the chief leadership and human resources officer at Accenture, actually carry around “dumb phones,” which don’t have any apps and can’t send or receive email. Jim Fowler and Jeff Smith talked about peripheral vision in relation to the chief information officer role (Fowler is currently CIO at General Electric, and Smith was formerly CIO at IBM).

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The Seven Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

One consultant described the search for a chief information officer in these terms: “Whereas technical expertise was previously paramount, these competencies [being sought today] are more about leadership skills than technical ones.” A world-class leader must be able to hire and develop an exceptionally strong leadership team—he/she cannot succeed as a brilliant one-person player,” one asserted. Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite.

The Dangerous Tension Between CMOs and CIOs

Harvard Business Review

At a time when many executives say that improving digital reach will be a significant differentiator for their companies, our research shows that two of the most important digital leaders — the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) — do not trust each other, understand each other, or collaborate with each other. That is very bad news for their businesses and, not incidentally, for their own careers.

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