3 Ways to Survive Your Current Job, Featured at CIO Online

ReImagine Work

A version of this post ran originally at CIO online, October 14, 2016. The post 3 Ways to Survive Your Current Job, Featured at CIO Online appeared first on Mary Schaefer, empowerment authority, coach & trainer for those in engineering, scientific & IT-related positions.

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3 keys to improve your employee engagement, featured at CIO online

ReImagine Work

A version of this post ran originally at CIO online, August 19, 2016. All Posts As Seen On Manager/ Employee Communication CIO communication connection culture engagementHave you seen headlines like these? “5 ways to boost employee engagement with video.”

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Do You Know How to Get Real Feedback?

ReImagine Work

This post originally ran at CIO Online, Sept. appeared first on Mary Schaefer, empowerment authority, coach & trainer for those in engineering, scientific & IT-related positions. All Posts As Seen On Leadership CIO coaching skills connection listening

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One Way to Be the Change You Want to See in Your Life

ReImagine Work

I didn’t want to be that person — the one who… Click here to read the rest of this article in my column at CIO Online. All Posts As Seen On Survive & Thrive career change management CIO empowerment self-development

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What To Do When They Don’t Respond

ReImagine Work

She reminded me… Click here to read the rest of this article in my column at CIO Online. The post What To Do When They Don’t Respond appeared first on Mary Schaefer, empowerment authority, coach & trainer for those in engineering, scientific & IT-related positions.

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One Way to Be the Change You Want to See in Your Life

ReImagine Work

A version of this post originally ran on the CIO online site on December 15, 2016. The post One Way to Be the Change You Want to See in Your Life appeared first on Mary Schaefer, empowerment authority, coach & trainer for those in engineering, science, tech & more.

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The Metamorphosis of the CIO

Harvard Business Review

Tomorrow''s businesses will have a very different make-up, and the CIO must lead the charge in the face of these changes. Also, the concept of digital business ecosystems has drawn more academic business , economics , process , scientific , mathematic , systems theory , and engineering attention than any other business idea. The Rise of the CIO. CEOs don''t think CIOs understanding the business , and how to apply IT in new ways to benefit the business.

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The CIO in Crisis: What You Told Us

Harvard Business Review

Our research, conducted in partnership with Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CEB (formerly the Corporate Executive Board), Intel, and TNS Global, finds that corporate leadership has lost confidence in the CIO as a strategic partner and views IT as a commodity rather than a difference-maker.

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The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking

Harvard Business Review

You’re driving down the road and the “check engine” light appears on your dashboard. But if you decide to keep driving, you risk something far worse happening to your engine – and your livelihood. DTNA’s engines continuously record performance data and send it to their Detroit Diesel Customer Support Center (CSC). Virtual Technician touches many parts of DTNA, from IT to engineering to customer centers to dealers. It’s happened to all of us.

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The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking

Harvard Business Review

You’re driving down the road and the “check engine” light appears on your dashboard. But if you decide to keep driving, you risk something far worse happening to your engine – and your livelihood. DTNA’s engines continuously record performance data and send it to their Detroit Diesel Customer Support Center (CSC). Virtual Technician touches many parts of DTNA, from IT to engineering to customer centers to dealers. It’s happened to all of us.

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When your manager is a no-show

ReImagine Work

” Click here to read the rest of my post at my column at CIO Online. The post When your manager is a no-show appeared first on Mary Schaefer, empowerment authority, speaker, coach & trainer for those in engineering, scientific & IT-related positions.

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LeadershipNow 140: June 2012 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from June 2012 that you might have missed: Engines of Innovation by @wallybock. SonyaShelton: SAP's CIO: You're Putting Your Executive Career at Risk if You're Not Social - Forbes.

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News Flash: Innovation Is No Longer Just a Specialist’s Job. Now Here’s How to Involve Your Whole Workforce Instead

Strategy Driven

Yet now, with Innovation Engineering – a data-driven, reliable system for creating fresh ideas and successfully turning them into reality – companies can transform innovation from a random act to a reliable science. That’s not the purpose of Innovation Engineering.

3 tactics to avoid burnout and be more productive

ReImagine Work

A version of this post originally ran on the CIO Online site on June 22, 2016 here. See my column, Navigating the Workplace , at CIO online here. Old habits die hard. Sometimes they over-complicate our days because we don’t take the time to look at them.

Happiness: A Leadership Imperative

Great Leadership By Dan

Every employee, from your best engineers, to your brightest MBA, to your janitor provides value to others. He publishes regular columns about entrepreneurship and building enduring businesses on Entrepreneur, Forbes Tech Council, FORTUNE and CIO.

5 Leadership Lessons: The Velocity Manifesto

Leading Blog

As a leader], you—not the IT department, nor the VP of IT, nor the chief information officer (CIO)—must understand, drive and be accountable for how technology is structured in order to reach the strategic goals of the operation….Technology Software engineers, developers, and programmers must be viewed as the artists of this generation.

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Capital vs. Influence

N2Growth Blog

From my perspective I’d advise clients to give a bit on valuation, or live with more rigid financial engineering to acquire influence (gain access to markets, knowledge, intelligence, connections or superior business savvy). By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth .

Doing Business in a Big Data World

Strategy Driven

All of this means that CIOs and centralized IT department staff no longer 'own' company data the way they did in the past; giving rise to new concerns about data integrity and security in a more distributed and anarchic company structure.

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JP Morgan's Loss: Bigger than "Risk Management"

Harvard Business Review

We do not know to what extent this approach was replicated within the bank and cannot, therefore, say whether it was applied in the CIO unit that incurred the recent trading losses. A number of executives in the Chief Investment Office (CIO), where the loss was incurred, left the bank soon after the loss had been revealed. As Gentry Lee, chief systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, describes it: "Risk mitigation is painful; not a natural event for humans to perform.".

B2B versus B2C Marketing Adjustments

Coaching Tip

Think about the Boeing Engineer evaluating a GE jet engine for a new airplane…a CIO evaluating a new Enterprise Resource Planning System software provider…or a CFO reviewing audit firms. . By Guest Author Sean Geehan. One of the biggest differences between B2B and B2C worlds is marketing. Many successful marketing leaders have a difficult time making the required adjustments to be successful. . For instance, let’s look at branding and positioning.

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To Blog or Not to Blog?

N2Growth Blog

I’m also not a fan of going to a blog to read third party news, press or the re-blogging of someone else’s information published for no other reason then to boost their search engine rankings.

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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.

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Continuous Development Will Change Organizations as Much as Agile Did

Harvard Business Review

“It’s easier to understand the consequences of a change if you’re making lots of little steps,” observes Bryan Stevenson, CIO of on-demand software company Catalant. Maximize engineering productivity. Engineers love continuous delivery environments because they can immediately see how their work adds value to the organization. aleksandarvelasevic/Getty Images.

Is Your Organization Ready for Total Digitization?

Harvard Business Review

As the drive toward increased digitization continues, enterprises have to get a handle on this total digitization — and corporate CIOs have to step up to the challenge. IT Cannot Be Only the CIO''s Responsibility. CIOs Must Lead Outside of IT.

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IT Doesn't Matter (to CEOs)

Harvard Business Review

They resist getting their hands dirty alongside the CIO, even though many of them will readily get down into the mud of a balance sheet with the CFO or strategize the details of global brand issues with the CMO.

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Why the VA Couldn’t Keep Up with IT

Harvard Business Review

But as former Air Force CIO Bill Lord told me, updating IT doesn’t match an agency’s central mission in terms of priorities. Give us a sense of the challenge of keeping up with technology as a military CIO. Part of the day-to-day existence of the CIO is figuring out how to integrate modern technology. In the Air Force, it’s like changing an aircraft’s engine while it’s flying – no downtime, no interruption of service. That’s the bane of the existence of the CIO.

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Technological Know-How Is a Job Requirement

Harvard Business Review

A 2011 IBM study of over 3,000 CIOs revealed that CIO-CEO alignment is stronger than ever, with traditional companies aggressively investing in technology innovation. Engineer or not, the managers and employees who understand new consumer technologies and can create value by deploying software as a solution will be those most valued by organizations young and old. Universities are rapidly growing their engineering courses.

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Has the HAL 9000 Finally Arrived?

Harvard Business Review

Even the internet search engine I use is not very smart — it's just a fancy look-up mechanism. CIOs should look toward the adoption of some of these solutions, which can be especially appealing to Gen Y employees who prefer to communicate through social media rather than e-mail. At the same time, CIOs should be planning for the introduction of Watson-based technologies. A powerful science-fiction movie changed my life 43 years ago.

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Why the Entire C-Suite Needs to Use the Same Metrics for Cyber Risk

Harvard Business Review

The chief information security officer (CISO) or chief information officer (CIO) reports the technical vulnerabilities that his or her team has successfully remediated. The more CEOs speak with system engineers and technical teams, the more comfortable they will be asking questions about the organization’s security. Harry Haysom/Getty Images. When it comes to cybersecurity, the chains of communication that exist within an organization, if they exist at all, are often a mess.

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The C-Suite Needs a Chief Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

You produce growth engines with calculated bets, not “wild-ass gambles.” You do not work for the CEO, or alongside the CTO, CIO, and CFO. The best CEOs are excellent at growing and running a company within a known business model.

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The Amazon–Whole Foods Deal Means Every Other Retailer’s Three-Year Plan Is Obsolete

Harvard Business Review

Amazon’s greatest competitive advantage is not its e-commerce network; it is its innovation engine. But there are two major challenges for traditional retailers hoping to accelerate their innovation engines: First, it’s expensive; second, many retailers have delayed innovation funding for so long that the “strategic debt” seems overwhelming.

The 4 Things It Takes to Succeed in the Digital Economy

Harvard Business Review

Dr. Dieter Haban, CIO of Daimler Trucks North America, offers Daimler Trucks’s Detroit Virtual Technician as a good example. Imagine that you’re on a tight schedule driving an 18 wheeler and your engine light comes on when you’re 100 miles from the nearest service station.

5 Basic Needs of Virtual Workforces

Harvard Business Review

based CIOs, 30% said communication was their greatest remote management challenge, followed by productivity (22%) and technology (22%). As David Fullerton, VP of Engineering at StackExchange, writes , “There’s no halfsies in a distributed team.

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Who’s Managing Your Company’s Network Effects?

Harvard Business Review

Much as war is too important to be left to the generals, the business of network effects is too valuable to be entrusted to the CMOs and CIOs. Network effects are the not-so-secret sauce profitably flavoring Amazon’s recommendation engines and Apple’s App Store. But managing network effects as technology byproducts is a bit like treating cars as extensions of internal combustion engines; technically accurate, yes, but missing the larger purposes and points.

How to Integrate Data and Analytics into Every Part of Your Organization

Harvard Business Review

According to KPMG’s 2016 CIO Survey , data analytics is the most in-demand technology skill for the second year running, but nearly 40% of IT leaders say they suffer from shortfalls in skills in this critical area. In our experience, companies that build a D&A capability meeting their business needs have teams of data and software engineers who are skilled in the use of big data and data scientists who are wholly focused on a D&A initiative.

Backdoor Government Decryption Hurts My Business and Yours

Harvard Business Review

As it is written, the legislation would essentially force companies to engineer defects into the their security systems. Whether you’re a CEO, CIO, CISO, or board member, you can and should make your voice heard for stronger security policies. The debate over encryption—and decryption—has heated up as U.S.

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Success with the Internet of Things Requires More Than Chasing the Cool Factor

Harvard Business Review

In addition, several manufacturers have recently created a new frontline role, IT manufacturing engineer, with dotted-line reporting to both OT and IT. “We transformed from an old-fashioned hierarchy where everyone had a siloed job to a more interactive culture where everyone is urged to step up and help shape the direction of the business,” Javier Alvarez, CIO of Campofrio, recently told me.

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Reinvigorate a Disengaged Sales Force

Harvard Business Review

In fact, if you peek behind the server farms of online firms themselves, you will find traditional face-to-face sales organizations as the engine of revenue acquisition and firm value. According to Gartner Research, chief marketing officers will soon spend more on IT than CIOs, increasing the need for coordination between marketing and sales throughout the buying cycle at many firms. A stunning 70% of U.S.

Using IoT Data to Understand How Your Products Perform

Harvard Business Review

Since 2011, General Electric has publicly stated it would spend more than $1 billion on developing sensors, wireless devices, and related software to install on its aircraft engines, power turbines, locomotive trains and other machinery. The CIO of HP Inc.,

Getting Collaboration Right

Harvard Business Review

Daimler's engineers in Germany could not work with their Chrysler counterparts in Detroit , leading to the sale of the latter at a loss of some $35 billion. According to former CIO John Leggate : "People always had a good reason for meetings. Cisco recently announced that it is trimming its elaborate structure of boards and councils — its collaboration machine.

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What the Rise of Russian Hackers Means for Your Business

Harvard Business Review

These hackers also modified Yahoo’s search engine results to further their own criminal goals. You can’t build perfect walls, and there is no silver bullet in cybersecurity, so don’t let your CIO or CISO tell you otherwise. For years major businesses have contended with hackers attempting to break into their networks and steal their data. In the recent past, that threat mostly emanated from China.

Improve Decision-Making With Help From the Crowd

Harvard Business Review

Given the success of the program in 2013, IBM’s CIO decided to invest $7 million to expand iFundIT in 2014. Customers, instead of engineers or managers, make decisions on product designs in an ongoing dialogue. But not at Valve Software , creators of video games ( Half-Life , Counter-Strike, Portal), a game engine, and online gaming platform.

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How IT Professionals Can Embrace the Serendipity Economy

Harvard Business Review

In collaborations systems, for instance, don''t overly engineer processes so that they constrain a system''s ability to adapt. Google''s CIO on How to Make Your IT Department Great.

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