IT Management Slideshow: 9 Truths About Business You Won't Learn in School

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-20-2010

9 Truths About Business You Won't Learn in School

To find the right answer, you must find the right question.In the classroom, you often get spoon fed guiding questions. Not so in the real world.

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Two people with the same exact title can have vastly different influence.Organizational charts only reveal part of the story. The "truth" is about who gets results, and where they are in the informal power network.

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What the firm wants isn't necessarily what individual teams want.As a result, simply establishing company goals with no consideration for individual needs may not win the day.

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Biases can get in the way of doing a good job.Wearing a tie and sitting in lofty CIO's office space doesn't automatically result in rational, clear-headed, logical decision-making.

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Humans are not human resources.They need to be understood, not simply allocated. Their individual skillsets and complexities must be appreciated by a CIO to be properly managed.

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The answer you're seeking is often dictated by when you stop analyzing a situation.If you turn off the road at a rest stop, you may fool yourself into thinking that the trip is over.

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There may be more than one right answer.Deciding between a "bad" and "good" answer is easy. Deciding among three or four equally good options is the test of a strong CIO.

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Knowing when to reach for help and when to trust instincts is a constantly moving target.Often, reality is counterintuitive: Seek outside opinion when you're feeling confident. "Man up" when you're not.

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Standing up for your beliefs isn't enough.It's more critical to stand up for what you believe with credible evidence to back you up.

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