CIO & IT Team Inspiration Innovation

Posted on September 27, 2012. Filed under: CIO | Tags: , , , , , , , |

On Wednesday, 9/26 an “expert” panel convened on Twitter at #TCFchat to discuss the topic of IT leadership effectively motivating their technical teams.

We initially questioned the apparent ineffectiveness of “canned” HR programs with technical professionals. Why do these programs fall flat?

We also debated the role of HR, HR leadership, and the CIO in the ongoing motivation and performance of the IT team.

Finally, we talked about what strategies a CIO could employ to inspire his or her team. Missing were some of the convoluted incentives many corporate workers often hear about. The focus was centered on leaders being, well, leaders…setting a sound strategy, providing the teams with the proper tools and training, managing people firmly but fairly, and doing what they say they’re going to do. This isn’t revolutionary stuff here, but it may well be “innovative” in the sense that so few companies focus on these fundamentals.

If you were unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments or to the Storify recap of the chat.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

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CIO & IT Leader Strategies for Motivating Tech Pros

Posted on September 25, 2012. Filed under: CIO | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The canned HR programs that companies put into place may work fine for most corporate employees, but they don’t seem to have much effect on IT and technical professionals. I know from experience that most techies–whether in IT, engineering, telecommunications, call center, or any other technical discipline–are a skeptical bunch. But still, aren’t they excited about “Jeans Day?” I mean, really, who wouldn’t be =)

So what gives?

Well, let’s talk about the why along with what IT leadership can do to change this trend. Join the discussion (Wednesday 9/26 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

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Ageism and Generation Gap Issues in the IT Resume and Job Search

Posted on September 20, 2012. Filed under: CIO, Job Search Tips, Resumes, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , |

In the IT field, many people feel that it is the “evolutionary” cycle for the old to give way to the young. In today’s world, sometimes it happens prematurely and other times not soon enough. Companies should evaluate each individual based on the work they do and the value they provide for internal opportunities and based on their capabilities for external opportunities, regardless of age. When we boil it all down, we live in a meritocracy, which is a good thing. But human nature being, well, human nature, people in positions of authority don’t always make the wisest decisions. Sometimes those poor decisions hurt the older worker and assist the younger worker, and sometimes the opposite is true.

On Wednesday 9/19, our expert panel convened on Twitter’s #TCFchat to discuss this topic. Our contributors recognized that this situation is indeed a reality today. They also offered some sage advice to help candidates overcome these issues on their resume, in the job search, and in their career development.

If you were unable to join us for the live chat, you can see the Storify recap and go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments. I’d also suggest viewing the 3-minute video blog included here.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

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