Tech Leader Development (4)
So now that I’ve got your attention, I should say I didn’t literally mean ALL feedback. I co-facilitated a workshop recently with a group of 18 emerging leaders in technology functions. In that workshop, participants receive feedback from a 360-survey that is designed for and indicative of what is takes to be successful in a senior technology leadership position. We structure this workshop so that the feedback is provided on Day 1, that way participants can understand how others perceive them back on-the-job, and they can use the remainder of the workshop days to better understand the feedback and create actions plans for future development, all aimed at moving to the next-level of responsibility in their respective companies.
Politics: The Dirty Word!
I don’t think there is any issue more relevant to managers of technology functions than their ability to influence across the business. Or at least that is the case if those managers want to be perceived as LEADERS in the business. For many, influence is synonomous with playing politics, and that is percieved as negative by many. Just breaking the word POLITICS into parts tells the story…poli, meaning many, and tics, meaning blood-sucking parasites!
One of the most important roles of a Chief Information Officer is certainly to create a culture that ensures the organizationis able to deliver what the business needs when it needs it. To create an effective culture, a leader must understand that he or she is the chief architect of the organizational culture. Everything the leader does, from what he or she says, how meetings are conducted, what reports are requested, and how decisions are made, all collectively create culture.
I often tell people that before I launched my own business, on most Sunday evenings, I dreaded the thought of going to work on Monday morning. Literally, half of Sunday, a day off, was spent with anxiety about going back to work on Monday. I am amazed at how many people tell me that they experience similar anxiety each weekend about returning to work.