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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 lazy and feeling entitled. May God have mercy on those who posted, such that they never have to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 30, 2012
  • 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 of mistakes in the early going, you really want to take advantage of whatever honeymoon ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 11, 2010
  • 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 ones industry that can help solve a company’s issues. They also provide one element of career ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 27, 2010
  • 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 grasp the complexities that embody the Information Security profession, and thus make decisions ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 30, 2009
  • 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.  They were also good enough to determine whether or not an item on a resume indicated mere ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 17, 2009
  • 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 be working harder or smarter. The title I have selected for this post also happens to be ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 21, 2009
  • 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 Career Is Over. Recently, I have even seen several LinkedIn discussions that have insinuated that if a CIO does not eventually make it into a COO or CEO role, that they have somehow failed.  I could ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 11, 2009
  • 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, and many of them are really good.  A couple of them got me to thinking about where ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 6, 2009
  • 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 job opportunities.  These are all surmountable issues. In the past few weeks, I’ve read ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 29, 2009
  • 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 to purchase one or more of the books you find on his website, and then apply some of the ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 15, 2009
  • 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 that this was true for a while – even as recently as the earlier part of this decade. If ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 2, 2009
  • Staying LinkedIn: Professional Networking

    I have to admit that it took me quite some time to get the hang of the whole professional networking thing, as assisted by technology.  Until 2003, I hadn't really taken a whole lot of time to network with peers on a professional level, or build a useful network of contacts that is necessary for advancing ones career.   Not ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 20, 2007
  • 12 Ways To Create An Ineffective Job Postings

    Just today, I read the following article about bad job advertisements, and I have to say that I heartily concur with the sentiments posted there -- especially #6. Nothing is a greater turn-off in the job searching process than to find a job posting that won't indicate even a broad range for the position.  It's not like an organization will ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 20, 2007
  • The Business-Focused Technologist

    These days, you can find a whole lot of discourse in both technology and business periodicals, on the need for technologists to be able to interface with the business, and not just operate a stereotypical geeks in a backroom or basement somewhere.  In many ways, I agree that to ensure long-term success, a technology professional should seek ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 22, 2007
  • Reports Indicate Healthy 2007 for Information Technology

    Some good news to start out 2007: Signs are pointing to a healthy new year for information technology. The job market for I.T. workers is expanding, reflecting a strong U.S. economy and an unemployment rate that is hovering near its lowest level in five years, according to job placement firm Robert Half Technology. And a ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 12, 2006
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