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Job Hunting: It’s All About Relationships
Earlier this week, I read an article about unemployment and the struggles of those coming out of college and graduate school who are seeking jobs. A surprising number of people were simply spouting the rhetoric that people who don’t have jobs are simply Read More...
So, You Want To Be a Technology Consultant?
{EAV:94066b12a52ac57b} Doesn’t everyone want to be a consultant? Probably not… There are some clear advantages to working for yourself, and there are some clear disadvantages. Likewise, there are some PROs and CONs of working for someone else, and it Read More...
Charting the Right Course: The IT Manager’s First 90 Days
Starting a new position is always an interesting challenge, especially if you have a leadership role. It should go without saying that it is very important to start things off on the right foot. While it is possible to recover from all but the most egregious Read More...
Contributing in Online Business Communities
Online communities are an excellent way for people to interact with other individuals who they can help or who can help them.  For business and technology professionals, they also represent a way keep an eye on trends and thought leadership within Read More...
Searching for Return on Security Investments
There are several major challenges to the successful implementation of good information security in many organizations today.  It is not because business owners do not think that security is important.  No, the issues exist because they do not Read More...
Recruiting Is Just Another Form of Sales
There used to be a time when most IT recruiters were pretty capable and diligent about their craft.  Many of them had come from the IT ranks themselves, and understood the technology enough to be able to get good job requirements from employers.  Read More...
Maximizing Business Results Through Effective IT Leadership
Lately, I’ve been getting lots of good ideas for blog entries from my participation in various LinkedIn group discussions .   One recent topic was about what IT should focus on in any organization.   Another was about whether we should Read More...
The Power of Personal Branding
We live in a society that is different in so many ways from the society that our parents grew up in.  For one thing, we are more globally connected.  Another point is that sales and marketing at a personal level is more critical for long-term Read More...
CIO: It’s Not A Dead-End Job After All
For many years, there’s been an interesting joke that the CIO position is a dead-end role.  Some have even suggested that the acronym means C areer I s O ver. Recently, I have even seen several LinkedIn discussions that have insinuated that if a Read More...
The Business of Information Technology
There is an excellent discussion taking place on the LinkedIn group for CIO magazine under the heading of: Some thoughts on IT-Business Alignment from the Chase Zander IT Director Forum (as influenced by CIO Forum members) So far, there are over 35 responses, Read More...
Job Hunting in the 21st Century
In 2009, there is no time to complain about how tight and unfair the job market is, or how hard it is to get a resume in the door.  There is no more room for complaining about unqualified people using their personal or family connections to get into Read More...
Effective IT Leadership
This month, I’ve been reading some really good articles and books on IT Leadership and Project Management, including several books by Bob Lewis , author of Keep the Joint Running . If you consider yourself an IT Leader, you could do much, much worse than Read More...
Driving the Business Forward with Technology
For many years, common wisdom suggested that the folks in technology were the ones who were least apt to see the whole picture about where the business was going, but were more interested in playing with cool, gee whiz stuff.  And, there’s no denying Read More...
Working for a terrible boss
Yeah, over the years I've had a few of those, but that's not where I find myself today.  Instead, that's the subject of a very interesting question on LinkedIn Answers that asks how people have dealt with this situation. Unfortunately, in today's Read More...
Magazine Interview for Tech Article
I recently had the privilege of being quoted for a technical article in BizTech Magazine , which is published on behalf of CDW .   This is not the first time I have had the opportunity to contribute to an article , but this is the first time Read More...
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