Dealing With High Worker Expectations Requires Real IT Leadership

Can we talk frankly for just a moment? Who’s really in charge in IT departments when it comes to hiring and retaining new talent? You’d think that with the global recession, companies would have the upper hand. However, with the critical importance of IT solutions to existing company operations and increasing global competition, it’s possible … Read moreDealing With High Worker Expectations Requires Real IT Leadership

Staffing Diversity Challenges IT Leaders

They say that the world is becoming a smaller place – I think that they just might be right. IT Leaders are starting to realize that coming up with ways to staff their teams so that they are diverse is quickly moving from being a political nicety to now becoming a business necessity. Does anyone … Read moreStaffing Diversity Challenges IT Leaders

Recruiting Is Something That IT Leaders Need To Start Thinking About Again

It’s starting to look like the economic winter just might be getting ready to thaw. Once this happens, IT Leaders realize that they’re going to have a massive task added to their already overloaded plate – recruitment. During the economic downturn IT workers were staying put because they didn’t know what was going to happen … Read moreRecruiting Is Something That IT Leaders Need To Start Thinking About Again

IT Leaders Want To Know About : Non-compete Clauses

(Hopefully it goes without saying that I’m not a lawyer and this blog posting is in no way to be considered legal advice. If you’ve got further questions, go get yourself the best lawyer your money can buy…) Did you even know that something called an “Non-compete Clause” existed? It turns out that you may … Read moreIT Leaders Want To Know About : Non-compete Clauses

How Should IT Leaders Use Outplacement Services?

Dang it, you’ve been let go. It really doesn’t matter the reason why – just the fact that your (former) employer decided that they could get along without your services can really sting. However, before the door swings close behind you for the last time, the ball is in still in your court and you … Read moreHow Should IT Leaders Use Outplacement Services?

Managing Trophy Kids: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

A lot has been written recently about the next generation of workers that is in the process of entering IT departments right now (I’ve done my part!) However, what’s been missing is a fundamental understanding of what an IT Leader is supposed to do once they are there. Ron Alsop who writes for the Wall … Read moreManaging Trophy Kids: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

An IT Management Nightmare: Managing Trophy Kids

Remember that Jack Nicholson line from the movie that was made from the Steven King book “The Shining”:  “.. Here’s Johnny…“? I seem to recall that he delivers this line as he stands at a door with an axe in his hands trying to break into the bathroom. I suspect that many IT managers feel … Read moreAn IT Management Nightmare: Managing Trophy Kids

Do You Want To Work With An IT Trophy Kid?

Even though the world currently looks like it is upside down, there is a much larger change going on that will have a much longer impact than this temporary financial crisis: the arrival of the millennial generation into the IT workplace. Are you ready? Just to make sure that we’re all talking about the same … Read moreDo You Want To Work With An IT Trophy Kid?

How An IT Leader Does A Performance Review

I hate performance reviews. I hate getting them and I hate giving them. In my mind they are a waste of time for both the IT Leader who’s giving them and the IT staffer who is getting them. I’m not sure who dreamed these things up, but they remind me of a 19th century factory … Read moreHow An IT Leader Does A Performance Review

Why Are There So Few Women In IT?

Oh, oh – this is the kind of blog posting that can cause all sorts of folks to get angry. Before you build up a big head of steam and get ready to fire off an angry “women are just as capable as men” letter to me, wait just a minute. The question that we’re … Read moreWhy Are There So Few Women In IT?