Challenges HR faces enabling IT and tech departments

Posted on August 23, 2012. Filed under: CIO, Recruiting, Salary, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Our #TCFchat discussion this week (held 8/22 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern) was centered on the unique challenges that HR faces when working with tech departments, particularly IT. Many IT folks feel that HR doesn’t do nearly enough to support them properly, especially when it comes to hiring and retention. Is this perception or reality?

Here are the discussion points:

1. How do HR professionals keep up with the emerging trends to properly recruit, hire, and develop?

2. How often does HR need to review and update job descriptions, compensation, etc.?

3. How does HR keep its policies and procedures up to date?

4. HR is a roadblock to success for the IT department…perception or reality?

5. Many IT executives believe HR doesn’t invest enough in developing talent internally? How is this problem solved and is promoting from within the answer?

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, you can check out the Storify recap, 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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Great Leadership Part II

Posted on August 16, 2012. Filed under: CIO | Tags: , , , |

 

In our review of this week’s #TCFchat discussion (held 8/15 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern), we’ll look at the topic of leadership . Here are some of the highlights:

1. What traits define a great leader? Are they different in business from other areas of life?

  • Perseverance
  • Willingness to Get Hands Dirty
  • Willingness to Take on the Risk of Failure
  • Innovation and Inspiration
  • Influence

2. Many point to Steve Jobs as a great leader…was he? Who are great leaders in history?

  • Jobs was a great innovator, not necessarily a great leader
  • Picking leaders–like Washington, Reagan, etc–really depends on how leadership and success are defined

3. What are prime examples of poor leadership you’ve experienced in your career?

  • Not listening
  • Taking credit for others’ ideas

4. What can a great leader do for the tech and IT organizations?

  • Lead innovation
  • Set vision and road map
  • Define roles

5. How do you present leadership skills on a technical resume?

  • Describe success of others
  • Include quotes from others

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, you can check out the Storify recap, 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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What Is Leadership Anyway?

Posted on July 24, 2012. Filed under: CIO, Personal Branding, Resumes, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By Stephen Van Vreede (@ITtechExec)

Where have all the leaders gone?

What is true leadership in business? Would we recognize it if we saw it? You bet we would! There aren’t a lot of leaders, but there are a ton of people in leadership roles. What gives?

Join the discussion

Join us on Wednesday, July 25th at 3pm Eastern for the Tech Career Forum discussion on this great topic. To be a part of the action, simply follow the #TCFchat stream on Twitter and be sure to include the #TCFchat hashtag anytime you want to give someone a piece of your mind.

Driving the discussion

To “lead” the process in a structured manner, we pose questions to provide a framework for discussion.

The questions for the leadership discussion include:
  1. What does “leadership” mean to you?
  2. Who can be a leader and how does one become a leader?
  3. In the IT world, what should leaders be focused on?
  4. How do you convey leadership capabilities on a resume or online profile?
  5. Can you describe what you learned about leadership, good or bad, from those that led you?

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to view the recap or go to the Storify page.

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