Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-12-2012

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Downsize Standardized Reports
When you send out lengthy updates on what IT is doing, other departments will tune you out. Keep them concise and business-focused.

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Hire for Cultural Skills
Command of IT must align with awareness and appreciation of a company's strategic purpose.

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Limit IT-Only Meetings
Bring in valued business-side achievers so your tech people believe they're part of the big picture.

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Keep the Dialogue Going
In addition to these cross-department meetings, appoint business-relationship execs on your team for continuous collaboration.

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Have Business Leaders Weigh in on Awards
Establishing a direct relationship between IT efforts and award-worthy business benefits will generate models for top performance.

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Drop the Jargon
Business influencers shouldn't feel like they have to learn a different language in order to work with IT.

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Teach Negotiating 101
Considering how much money goes to vendors, it's advantageous for IT staffers to sharpen their deal-making skills.

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors

Adopt a Simple but Effective Motto
The motto should speak to your core purpose. Wayne Shurts, CIO of SUPERVALU, came up with a good one: "Business fast and simple."

Transform Your IT Staff Into Business Contributors