Book Review: That’s Not How We Do It Here by John Kotter

Book Review: That’s Not How We Do It Here by John Kotter
“That’s not how we do it here.” Those words, when said by an authority figure such as a boss or team lead, can stifle innovative thinking and cap the creative juices that are necessary for an organization to adapt to a changing environment. I recently listened to John Kotter’s book by that title, That’s Not How We Do It Here! In this... Read More

Failing Your Annual Review

Failing Your Annual Review
  Imagine for a moment being an naval explorer from antiquity. You set sail from the Old World, plotting a course that will take you across the vast and deep sea toward your foreign destination. The trip will be long and wrought with dangers. Head winds will hinder your progress. Cross winds will blow you off course. Storms will rise, tossing the... Read More

Motivating Your Team: The Importance of Why

Motivating Your Team: The Importance of Why
Because I said so!” Ever hear that growing up? I certainly did on more than one occasion, typically when I had exhausted my parent’s patience with me. Unfortunately, many IT Leaders adopt this behavior as part of their leadership style. What most don’t realize is that using the dictator style of management doesn’t bring out the best in your team. In fact it can... Read More

The 4th C of Interviewing

The 4th C of Interviewing
  Hiring the wrong person is costly. There are the hard costs associated with the search as well as delayed projects, lowered morale, and expensive employee benefits. Yet many companies do not have a well-defined and comprehensive interviewing process. They leave it up to individual managers to make hiring decisions while neglecting to provide sufficient guidance or training on what... Read More

Leadership vs Influence: A Free Breakfast Workshop

Leadership vs Influence: A Free Breakfast Workshop
A better title on the business card. A little more take home pay each week. And automatic influence and credibility in the organization. These are the things that we get while climbing the corporate ladder, right? Umm, no. Authority Is Not Influence Many leaders assume that one of the automatic perks that comes with their position is influence. They mistakenly... Read More