IT Management Slideshow: Lundquist: Back to School Lessons For CIOs

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 09-10-2010
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Lundquist: Back to School Lessons For CIOs

Lundquist: Back to School Lessons For CIOs

1. Don't skip school. Education and ongoing learning are often championed but less often funded in corporations. Make sure your staff (and you) are not scrimping on learning about the tools you will need and the skills required to make your company a competitive success.
Autumn is not only back-to-school time for kids and colleges, it is also a time for CIOs to consider where capabilities and educational needs should be bolstered within their IT organization. It's not a bad idea to check on your own skill set to determine your own opportunities for growth and advancement. Some of the knowledge you need is available through educational institutions, certificate programs and other traditional learning environments. However, schools often cannot keep up with the onrush of new technologies. Don't overlook non-traditional opportunities for learning. For some, all it takes is getting out of the office and into the field to see how your enterprise operates at the ground level. For others, it really does require a return to business school. As the economy struggles toward recovery, it's more important than ever to make sure you are not scrimping on learning opportunities. Here's our lesson plan.
Since 1996, Eric Lundquist has been Editor in Chief of eWEEK, which includes domestic, international and online editions. As eWEEK's EIC, Lundquist oversees a staff of nearly 40 editors, reporters and Labs analysts covering product, services and companies in the high-technology community. He is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and user events and sits on numerous advisory boards. Eric writes the popular weekly column, 'Up Front,' and he is a confidant of eWEEK's Spencer F. Katt gossip columnist.


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