Monthly Archives: Jul 2017

Jul 27

What Role Should The COO Have In Our Project Coordination Meetings?

By Mathias Tölken | Mastermind Digest , Operational IT Leadership

We have established regular project coordination meetings between team leads in our company and have had great success to streamline project delivery.

Should our new COO be invited to the project coordination committee (he is currently outside of it)?

Due to the role and the fact that we currently don't have a VP2 leader, should this person become the champion for other VP2 opportunities?

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Jul 26

How Can I Prevent Loss of Strategic Momentum When Critical Staff Members Are Ill?

By Mathias Tölken | Mastermind Digest , Operational IT Leadership

There are times when Murphy strikes and more than one key staff member is off at the same time - maybe even for an extended period of time.

As the IT Manager, I am the ultimate escalation and fall-back option, so I find myself fielding technical work.

But now all the strategic initiatives that have been started are in jeopardy. How do I make sure they do not grind to a halt?

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Jul 25

Culture Trumps Technology In Digital Transformation

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

It is easy for an IT leader in a mid-sized business to look at all the exciting technological advances from around the world and conclude that most of it is hype and of little relevance to their current employer.

In a similar vein it is easy to assume that digital transformation is just a current buzzword of the IT industry and will soon be eclipsed by something even more exciting.

Unfortunately, this thinking is very dangerous and could quite literally stall an otherwise promising career!

The critical mistake that most IT and business leaders make is to believe that digital transformation is primarily about shiny new technology.

It is most certainly not!

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Jul 12

How to Handle Underperforming IT Staff?

By Alana Sinclair | Mastermind Digest , Tactical IT Leadership

In any management role you do not only have to oversee that everything in your department runs smoothly regarding systems, but you are also responsible for the performance of your staff.

When targets aren't met and this can be attributed to some of your staff, you probably find yourself asking questions like: Why are they under-performing? How do I get enough action from my team? What do I do when individual achievements are not up to par? How do I keep people motivated and encouraged without dictating what needs to be done? Or is it time to part ways?

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Jul 11

How to Kick-Start Digital Transformation Without CEO Support?

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

Many IT leaders in mid-sized businesses strongly believe that digital technologies are undervalued by their employers and that they could be playing a much more influential role in shaping the future of the business.

If you are such an IT leader, however, you will also know just how hard it is to convince other senior leaders (including the CEO) to see the same exciting future you see.

Your one option is to chip away at their reluctance and hope they will come around over time.

You just don't know how much time this will take and your past experiences are not really encouraging...

Or you could adopt our proven 7-step kick-start guide and gain serious momentum in as little as 3 months....

The choice is yours!

Which one will it be?

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Jul 06

How Do I as IT Leader Kick-Start Digital Transformation?

By Mathias Tölken | Mastermind Digest , Strategic IT Leadership

Most IT Leaders in mid-sized businesses come from a technology background and as such are most at home when they can do tangible projects and keep the lights on.

This is a full-time job after all.

On the other hand, more and more are getting painfully aware that their organisation will need to look at Digital Transformation (DX) and there is usually nobody better placed to start the conversation than the IT Leader.

But where to start and especially how to step out of the comfort zone?

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