Links for July 1 2012

  • Finishing well is just as important as getting off to a good start by Tom Catalini

    Quote: Forging through to meet the minimum requirements and rush off to the next job may be a way to maximize productivity, but it’s not a great way to continually improve your work product, to move to higher levels, to hone your skills, to master your craft, to learn and to teach others. To do that, you need to finish well.

  • The IT staff of the future will speak business, not just technology by Sean Martin on SC Magazine

    Quote: Similarly, tomorrow’s IT hopefuls must also consider this trend and start becoming familiar with the same business processes and language as embodied by the operational executives they are servicing. Candidates and employees who learn how to function more like a CIO/CSO/CISO, and less like an engineer, will find they stand out in the crowd and have better chances to be part of a successful, strategic IT group.

  • New CIO Survey From Bull | Technology | Bdaily Business Network

    Quote: “To make matters worse, CIOs often find they have little available time to take a more strategic view because they are too busy reacting to the directives of the board and tactical business initiatives to develop their own ideas.”

  • IT’s search for meaning, or, why customer initiatives lose out to tech projects by Michael Maoz.

    Quote: IT will have to decide on its true soul. CEOs will have to decide if they have the leeway and commitment to vision to prod IT into greatness. Right now CEOs implicitly shackles CIOs into conservativism. Just enough rope to hang themselves, but not enough to form a ladder to the future. What is the secret that shaped a Jeff Bezos or Tony Hsieh, or for that matter Lou Gerstner? Vision, fortitude, and a love of the customer and the shareholder’s long-term interests.

  • Letting Reality Sink In by Jamie Notter

    Quote: So the next time you are confronted with something that is “hard to believe,” don’t reject it out of hand. Let it sink in for a bit and see what questions develop. You still reserve your right to reject it later! But if you hold the conflict in your head for a while, you may just learn something.

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