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Take Our Tough Quiz About Project Management

So you think you really know your project management lingo? If so, we're going to challenge you here with a pretty difficult Jeopardy!-style quiz about the various, acronym-thick terminology used to describe important documents and tools needed to support a major project. The terms are compiled in a section of a new book, Performance-Based Project Management:... Read More »

10 Things That Smart Data-Analytics Teams Do

In prior slideshows, we've extensively illustrated the rising role of big data in the enterprise, especially with respect to how it's driving business decision-making. To perform up to the expectations of the C-suite, your data-analytics IT team must deliver on a wide range of technology needs while still demonstrating a command of critical soft skills. The latter skillset will help your... Read More »

'Dilbert' Creator: Focus on Systems, Not Goals

Cartoonist Scott Adams argues that leaders are more likely to be successful if they concentrate on systems instead of goals.

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10 Things That Digital Business Leaders Do

The entire world is creating endless volumes of valuable information and data every single second. Much of this is credited to social media, which is projected to consume more than 4 trillion minutes of the population's time over the next year. But it's also driven by the vast amount of data that is generated by companies which create highly personalized, online interactions with customers... Read More »

10 Building Blocks for Today's Leadership

The old school system of management has gone the way of the 9 to 5 workday. Today's top organizations recognize that the rules of leadership are changing to address the ever-expanding challenges caused by disruptive technologies and market forces. The new book, The Executive Checklist: A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change (Palgrave Macmillan), helps frame these dynamics... Read More »

10 Tough Disaster Recovery Questions for CIOs

What's worse than having a CEO and board of directors grill you about your disaster recovery plan? Well, not having a good answer for every question, especially if they're asking after the worst has happened, as opposed to before. Given that the future of your organization (not to mention your career) is at stake here, we're presenting the following 10 questions that every... Read More »

10 Ways to Ask Great Questions

Let's face it: Most of us love great interrogation scenes in movies or TV shows. From countless detective shows to 24 to the climax of A Few Good Men ("You can't handle the truth!"), we get a vicarious rush when we see a protagonist grasp the essence of reality under adverse conditions. In real life, of course, running an IT department... Read More »

11 Qualities of a Strong Board of Directors

Remember when few people at a company ever actually saw members of the board of directors? How many of them would attend a couple meetings a year and pocket a generous sum for their time? (Nice work if you can get it.…) The recent book, Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay out of the Way (Harvard Business Review Press), examines the... Read More »

10 Questions Every Good CIO Should Ask Himself

Great leaders don't stick to their job descriptions. After all, such a mindset goes against the grain of every great achiever in the history of the workplace. However, CIOs may get so busy "minding the tech shop" that they could overlook some of less tangible but still critical roles that make for strong oversight of an IT department. With this in mind, the recent book, Beyond the Job... Read More »

10 Ways to Present a Convincing Case for IT

As a CIO, you know that determining a promising tech acquisition and deployment strategy is only part of the battle. The other part, of course, is getting key influencers and decision-makers to support your proposal. The new book, The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence: How to Project Confidence, Conviction, and Authority, (Amacom), goes beyond the standard public-speaking... Read More »

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