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Teaching IT to embrace change: 9 execs share advice
When we asked IT leaders how they cope with and prepare their teams for the pace of technology change today, we heard the same message over and over: Change is a constant in IT. CIOs have to be comfortable with uncertainty and quickly refocus when thrown off course. Those who can coach these skills throughout their organization are the ones who will excel.
Read on for tips from IT leaders who are embracing change in unique ways.
Be a partner
- Be a partner. IT needs to be an internal service provider that encourages innovation. Find ways to work with the business to deliver the best outcomes that drive the organization forward.
- Focus on the opportunities. Change gives us the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. We can use this to help our team acquire additional technical and digital skills. We can use it to transform a department’s business processes.
- Integrate. Through change, IT can evolve from builder to brokers of applications and services. IT can become business enablers that have a direct and measurable impact on the bottom line."
Lead with a sense of urgency
Help others deal with change
Be consistently resilient to change
Create life-long learners
Make expectations clear
Plan for the unknown
Lead by example