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Developing your 21st century workforce

Technology chiefs need to build a strategy for talent management that helps their people and teams meet the new demands that are being placed on IT.

Written by Lou Markstrom25 Aug. 15 13:23

6 mindsets of culture transformation

The culture of your organisation will determine its success. It’s the environment that you create that is either supporting your vision, mission, goals, and purpose or it’s the environment that you are fighting against while pursuing these.

Written by Lou Markstrom29 June 15 11:50

Becoming an innovative anticipator

Last month, I talked about why there was never a better time to be an IT professional as the IT maturity curve reaches a new level.

Written by Lou Markstrom26 May 15 11:49

IT maturity curve reaches a new level

There are now 12 critical core skills that need to be present in the members of your IT team and only one of those is technical.

Written by Lou Markstrom21 April 15 10:53

Where IT meets marketing

How many of you woke up this morning thinking, ‘I can’t wait to start marketing IT’s value today!’ It sounds like a strange question but it’s a thought and an orientation that’s becoming more and more critical to IT organisations.

Written by Lou Markstrom25 March 15 13:19

9 tips for building rapport with people

Understanding the human side of the IT equation is critical to the success of any IT professional. The ability to develop a feeling of connectedness and understanding is an important aspect of developing productive and trusted relationships.

Written by Lou Markstrom23 Feb. 15 10:53

Leadership for performance

Is your team operating at their optimal level of performance? Are they inspired? Motivated? Do they show up day to day in tune with a vision and purpose that they are excited about?

Written by Lou Markstrom21 Jan. 15 16:49

8 time management tips for the holiday season

It’s that time of year. Work, shopping, parties, family and the list goes on and on. This joyous and festive time of year can very easily turn into overload, stress, and overwhelm you if you don’t manage your time effectively.

Written by Lou Markstrom21 Nov. 14 09:57

The six mindsets of effective leadership

The world of IT leadership has changed; it’s no longer about keeping IT systems humming. It is now about the ability to lead high performance organisations that partner with the business to consistently deliver services.

Written by Lou Markstrom23 Oct. 14 16:03

6 essential steps for managing vendors

Gartner once predicted that in the future, an IT career will not be about technology but rather managing a range of service providers.

Written by Lou Markstrom22 Sept. 14 16:57

Can you handle change?

The one constant in today’s business world is change. It’s constant, inevitable and unending. The individuals and organisations that will rise to the top of the marketplace are the ones who can embrace, manage and lead change throughout an enterprise.

Written by Lou Markstrom21 Aug. 14 12:17

How to negotiate and get what you want

As an IT professional, you negotiate every day. If you’re launching a new app, for instance, how many times do you negotiate with people?

Written by Lou Markstrom22 July 14 14:49

Marketing IT’s value

Do your clients truly understand what you do? Does the business recognise the value that IT provides or does it simply view you as mere code changers, network fixers, and PC installers?

Written by Lou Markstrom23 June 14 16:11