Finding the Route from CTO to CEO

CEO Insider

Making the move from CTO to CEO was a daunting experience for me: after all, I had spent a large part of my career working behind the scenes. Now, I was going to be the face of a company, taking on new responsibilities that encapsulated a whole other realm of leadership than what I had […]. CEO Insider

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How Technical Debt Opens the Door to Cyber Attacks—and Steps to Protect Your Small Business

Strategy Driven

Managing Your Finances business management CTO IT network Network Security strategydrivenThe virus pandemic of 2020 is severely disrupting the economy and the large and small businesses that drive it.

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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. 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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Is Technology Subsuming Marketing?

Harvard Business

An analysis finds CMO pay declining while CTO pay skyrockets. Marketing Executive compensation IT Technology Leadership development Digital Article

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Have a Question for Procter & Gamble CTO Bruce Brown?

Harvard Business Review

Next Monday I am going to be facilitating a panel discussion in Singapore on "Asia Fuelling Global Innovation."

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3 ways to self-promote without self-promoting

Career Advancement

The CTO wrote back, “Thanks for pointing this out and congratulations to the team. The CTO recognized that sometimes work that goes well goes unnoticed, yet, he said, “It is important we educate the business on the value we bring.”. “Heroes must see to their own fame. No one else will.”. Gore Vidal ~. Nathan felt it was time to raise his visibility. He knew he needed this just to keep his job in a tight market. He especially needed to get recognition if he hoped to advance.

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Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone

Lead Change Blog

In December 2011, I was selected as CTO ? All of us recognize that to develop in our careers we must push out of our comfort zone. The willingness to swim upstream must be strong, as it requires taking risk. I was in the same role for over three years and was not happy with the status quo. In the past, some of my own preconceived opinions had limited me from seeking challenging assignments. This time, with a strong show of courage, I raised my hand for a job that looked challenging.

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How I Became A Leader Without Any Formal Training

Lead Change Blog

It took Lynch twenty-four years to reach the position of CTO for the world’s largest company. I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Apple’s Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Lynch. He is a guy who is clearly more of a techie than he is a public speaker, yet whenever he takes to the stage during the Cupertino company’s huge product launches, Kevin never fails to impress.

3 Major Challenges Financial Institutions Face When Implementing Business Insight Technology

Strategy Driven

It’s usually the job of a bank’s chief financial officer (CFO), chief risk officer (CRO), or chief technology officer (CTO) to oversee tech implementation.

Are You A Bonus Delivery Officer?

Rich Gee Group

Or a CMO, COO, CIO, CTO or any other C-Level title. You’re not a CEO. You’re not a GVP, AVP, MVP or VP. You’re not a Senior Director, Partner, Manager, Owner, etc. You are a Bonus Delivery Officer. Your primary role in your position is not to deliver on projects, motivate the team, present information, or hob-nob with the hoi-poloi. You are a Bonus Delivery Officer. You may ask: “What is a Bonus Delivery Officer?”

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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.

How To Disrupt the Tech World

Mills Scofield

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? Increasing evidence shows most innovation comes from two or more people…one of whom might even be a woman! We stereotype innovators as men and mainly in STEM* products.

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Leadership: A Global Perspective

N2Growth Blog

Our last stop on this quest was to travel from Morocco to New Delhi, India, to meet our CTO, Jitendra Singh , his development team and members of the executive search team. This fall, I embarked on a worldwide quest to gain insights and perspectives on global leadership in the 21st century.

May 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Everyone knows the roles and responsibilities for a CEO, CFO and CTO but change the wording and a different picture emerges. Welcome to the May 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! At the core of my decision to create Weaving Influence was my love of reading and my belief that books can connect people in a unique way.

How Much do Software Developers Make in 2019?

Strategy Driven

Shane Zilinskas is the Founder and CEO of Los Angeles software development agency ClearSummit , and the Co-Founder and CTO of TuneRegistry, a music rights SaaS platform. Software developers have always been in high demand, but in 2019 the appetite for developers has just increased as new innovations and applications emerge. With this high demand comes a corresponding rise in salary expectations. So how much can a software developer expect to make in 2019? It’s not a simple answer.

The Key to Building a Culture of Innovation

leaderCommunicator

Hill co-authored the recently released book, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, with fellow researchers Greg Brandeau, former CTO of Pixar and Disney; Emily Truelove, a doctoral candidate at MIT; and former executive Kent Lineback, a best-selling author and coach. Innovation is clearly a hot topic with many leaders today. It’s often seen as the major driver of a company’s success. Yet how exactly do you foster innovation within your company?

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Master the Four Fields of Leadership

Skip Prichard

He was the CTO of a global manufacturing company. Thrive in a Hyper-Connected World. Leadership is shifting as we grapple with technology changes, shifting market realities, new business models, and unpredictable outside forces.

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What Makes Six Disciplines for Excellence A Different Kind Of Business Book

Six Disciplines

Skip Angel, Random Thoughts of a CTO). ” (Skip Angel, Random Thoughts of a CTO). What makes Six Disciplines for Excellence different from other business improvement books? “Six Disciplines for Excellence is what the E-Myth Revisited wants to be when it grows up.” ” (David Rothacker, Rothacker Reviews). ”We interrupt our coverage of meaningless business books to review a book that made the cut: Six Disciplines for Excellence by Gary Harpst.”

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Learning The Keys To Exceptional Execution

Tanveer Naseer

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. Launching and leading an “xceptional” business is simpler than you’ve ever imagined. Not easier. Not less time consuming. Not less gut wrenching, but simpler. Counter-intuitively, many successful entrepreneurs didn’t start with a compelling vision, a wow idea or indeed a workable business plan.

The Future of Our Partnership With Machines

Skip Prichard

The fourth mistake that I want to caution business leaders about is the instinct to delegate automation knowledge and technology fluency to IT or a CTO role. The Future of Work. I’m often asked questions about the future of work. Will the machines takeover?

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To Drive Digital Transformation, Focus on People

Strategy Driven

He’s worked at the US Commerce Department, First Bank System, and Norwest Banks; was CTO of a real estate software firm; and led Wells Fargo servicing technology through the default crisis.

How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Getting Day-to-Day Stuff Done

Harvard Business

When I launched my first company in 2008 (CarZen, acquired by Liberty Mutual), one of my first hires was a CTO. I made him the CTO’s protégé, and had the CTO spend time teaching and evaluating him. It meant giving up between one-quarter and one-third of the CTO’s productivity, but this time was being used as an investment in my future talent. Eventually, the CTO moved on and the protégé took over as the lead developer.

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Team Building Agenda: Kick-off Program for IT Leadership Team

Mike Cardus

Chief-Technology-Officer CTO, and Human Resources Business Partners within the IT Team and Mike will serve as the Accountability-Team to check-in and coach the directors for completion of the 100 day action plans. CTO – Why are we here? CTO has some parting words. Occasionally I create a Team-Building program agenda that is good enough to share. Below is the Day-1 ‘Kick-off’ program to 4 months of work I will be doing with an IT Leadership Team.

Find the Unicorns to Help Your Business Excel

Skip Prichard

For example, if the CEO, CTO or CHRO cannot understand what their people or customers are experiencing or needing, the company will not be able to make the adjustments it needs to remain competitive from a product or talent perspective. Thrive in the era of Artificial Intelligence. If your organization is going to thrive in the era of Artificial Intelligence, you are going to need to hire magical individuals. That’s right.

The Benefits Of Mobile Apps For Your Brand

Strategy Driven

You’ll also want to make sure your company’s CTO takes a look at the infographic below. Lots of the most successful companies have mobile apps for their customers and clients at the moment. However, many small business owners are yet to take the step. With that in mind, this post will highlight some of the benefits of releasing a mobile app for your business. Hopefully, this article will set the record straight once and for all. Benefit 1: You’ll reach more people.

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Joe Stump on Lens.ly, a project by Mokriya

Rajesh Setty

Most recently, Joe served as the CTO of SimpleGeo and now he is dedicating his time to Sprint.ly. Mokriya , a company that I am very close to recently released a photo app for iPad called Lens.ly. With Lens.ly, you can download your Flickr albums for offline viewing – for example, you are on a plane or in a place where there is no Internet connection. It is one of those apps that you wish Flickr provided by default. They didn’t and that created an opportunity for Lens.ly.

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How to Tell If You’re Delegating Too Much — and What to Do About It

Harvard Business

One CTO I coached realized he’d been delegating too much because he no longer had proper visibility into what his teams were working on. SCOTT WEBB/Unsplash. Everyone knows leaders should delegate to ensure that they are working on the right projects and deliverables.

Too Many Executives Are Missing the Most Important Part of CRM

Harvard Business

This isn’t the fault of the technology or the CTO, who usually manages it. Because it involves software, many companies make it the CTO’s responsibility. For all the emphasis placed on customer relationships these days, very few large organizations really understand how to manage them.

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Continuous Development Will Change Organizations as Much as Agile Did

Harvard Business

When new CTO Prakash Khot arrived from Salesforce, he shifted the company towards continuous delivery, testing changes more frequently and on smaller audiences. aleksandarvelasevic/Getty Images. In 2001, a new approach to technology development was created by a daring group of developers. Called Agile, the process put customers at the center of product development, encouraged rapid prototyping, and dramatically increased corporate speed and agility.

To Come Up with a Good Idea, Start by Imagining the Worst Idea Possible

Harvard Business

He had her sit next to the CEO, and enabled her to wander around and ask questions to everyone, including the CEO and the CTO. There are many creative tools a designer uses to think differently, but none is more counter-intuitive than “wrong thinking,” also called reverse thinking.

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How Self-Managed Teams Can Resolve Conflict

Harvard Business

As Etsy CTO John Allspaw says , people are “the most expert in their own error. In a traditional team structure, conflicts can be escalated to the boss to resolve. Can’t agree on how to prioritize projects, or on which deadlines need to shift? Ask the team leader to step in and make a call. Think a coworker is acting snarky, or that their work is too sloppy? Advise the manager to give them some feedback. But for flat or self-managed teams, that’s not an option.

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You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do It Anyway

Harvard Business

For example, Camille Fournier, former CTO of Rent the Runway, described the pain and reward of planning. Some of the smartest people that I have ever met struggle with convincing themselves to do one thing: plan their work. They’re off the charts in terms of analyzing all sorts of things from manufacturing processes to stocks to nuclear particles. But when it comes to their own time management or laying out a plan to get a big project done, they balk.

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How Morale Changes as a Startup Grows

Harvard Business

For example, if a CRO or CTO leaves a young company, it can cripple the organization. When we think about startup cultures, we imagine ping pong tables, kegerators, and Nerf guns. More importantly, we envision an esprit de corps that drives employees to happily burn the midnight oil to build the next big thing. However, this startup cultural utopia invariably hits a rough patch for about 70% of startups in years three to four, regardless of how happy the team was before.

11 Ideas for Economic Recovery

Strategy Driven

One retail CTO summed it up well at a recent SAS event when he said, “We don’t want to just struggle through and be hanging by our fingertips when the economy recovers. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D. Ives Sharon Drew Morgen Hank Moore Jamie P.

Whose Job Is It to Manage Freelancers?

Harvard Business Review

One approach that 10X has recommended is creating a roving CTO or project managers. In this sense it is similar to the roving CTO but focused more on the depth and effectiveness of the agile talent network. ” Similar in some respects to the CTO role is the role of the technical “chief.” Business reliance on the freelancer economy continues to grow.

What to Do If Your Parents Are Causing You Career Angst

Harvard Business

This in turn generated a sense of calm that helped him better manage the intense demands of his role as a high-powered CTO. When people talk about work-family conflict, the mental image we see is often one of a harried mom or dad trying to get to day-care pickup on time, or a professional couple arguing about whose travel schedule should take priority.

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Research Shows Immigrants Help Businesses Grow. Here’s Why.

Harvard Business

Dharmesh Shah, founder and CTO at HubSpot and an immigrant to the United States, writes about many of the changes he made on an ongoing basis in order to fit in, from getting rid of his accent, to changing his appearance, and even temporarily changing his name to David. Fernando Trabanco Fotografía/Getty Images. It has been well documented that immigrants contribute disproportionately to entrepreneurship. This is true both in the United States, where they represent 27.5%

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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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The One Unbreakable Rule in Business Writing

Harvard Business

For example, if you want clients for your CTO coaching business, then chief technology officers (and the people who know them) are your audience. In business writing, there’s one rule you just can’t break: It has to be about the reader, not about you. Most people understand this already, at least intellectually.

Why CIOs Make Great Board Directors

Harvard Business

” Generally speaking, CIO director prospects will have served as a CIO or CTO of a large organization whose market sector is relevant to the company of the board doing the recruiting. According to Korn Ferry unpublished data, there has been a 74% increase in the number of CIOs serving on Fortune 100 boards in the past two years.

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A 5-Part Process for Using Technology to Improve Your Talent Management

Harvard Business

One CTO we spoke to tells a story about an AI project that “hit the wall” despite a sequence of green lights. Walker and Walker/Getty Images. At the law firm Allen & Overy, the idea of replacing traditional, annual performance appraisals with a technology-enabled continuous feedback system did not come from human resources. It came from a leader within the practice.

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Harvard Business

Founder/CTO/CEO relationship with PM – Especially in earlier stage companies, it’s important to know how involved the Founder/CEO/CTO is in the product process. Aron Vellekoop Len/Getty Images. Because I teach a course on Product Management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “what is the role of a Product Manager?” ” The role of a Product Manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the Product.”

When Your Best Customers Really Aren't

Harvard Business Review

After an intense innovation workshop, the CTO of a globally-successful Chinese electronics supplier approached, unhappily. The CTO grimaced. As we talked, the CTO mentioned that one of these firms was a subsidiary of one of his company's biggest customers. You emphasize the importance of collaborating with your customers to innovate," he moaned, "but our best customers don't want to collaborate.

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