Is Your IT Job Safe in 2009?

If you’re in a hard-hit sector like retail or financial, start updating that resume. Even if you’re in a relatively safe sector, such as energy, the changing nature of IT may very well mean that, at the very least, you’ll need to modernize your skill set. The only workers who shouldn’t lose sleep are those…

How to Motivate Employees in Today’s Economy

In today’s economy, keeping people motivated can be particularly challenging as workers feel less secure about their jobs and financial stability. That’s why now is the time for leaders to move their efforts to reassure and inspire staff into high gear. This doesn’t necessarily mean bringing in motivational speakers, but it does require being sensitive…

Don’t Do Everything

The most successful executives are successful because they don’t do everything, not because they do. They focus on getting the right few things done, not getting “everything” done. Think about it. If you are trying to do 50 things vs. a peer who is focusing on five, you will never be able to even do…

CIOs Emerging as Business Leaders

With the shift from backroom to boardroom still a work in progress, CIOs are finding their role far from defined. Suddenly, it’s no longer good enough to have a seat at the table, to build a business case, to forge business alignment, or even to bring innovation to bear, now CIOs are being pushed into…

Hiring: Smart Companies Get Aggressive

How many top IT positions do you plan to fill this week? (And, no, that is not a set-up for a joke.) Listen to Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, general manager at [email protected], the group responsible for professional development and certification: “We intend to be aggressive about hiring. If anything we will be increasing our hiring. We believe…

7 Tips that Get Management to Listen

Does this sound familiar? You have a great idea that will revolutionize the world (well, at least your part of it). It uses the latest Web 2.5 paradigm, Cleanax API 7.6, and takes advantage of all the bells and whistles on the latest Pithium Excelon 2K9-7 processor. What’s not to like in such a project?…

Saving Next Year When Cutting IT Today

The financial markets have moved from shaky to hysterical. And a new survey from Forrester reports that nearly half of U.S. enterprises have cut back IT spending and nearly all have frozen discretionary spending. So it is natural now that cost cutting will, if it hasn’t already, become a corporate obsession—again. Many CIOs are already…