Like an airplane pilot warning passengers of bumps ahead, a CIO can prepare teams for tough times. Here are five strategies.
5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in March
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our Business Library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of March.
Work-life balance is hard for most people, but for a busy IT leader with a mile-long to-do list, it can feel like the work day never ends. For that reason, getting away and truly letting go of work requires that we break old workaholic tendencies by replacing them with new habits. In this HBR article, author Art Markman shares three strategies for how to unplug from work, drawing lessons from cognitive behavior therapy. Markman promises that with these tips, “you will return to work with more energy and better ideas because you took some time off.”
“Unrecognized or unacknowledged core fears are almost always a root cause of professional distress and unattained potential,” write the authors of this HBR article. But fears are not always bad, they emphasize – in fact, they can be fuel for better performance. Leveraging their firm’s work with thousands of executives over 30 years, Matt Brubaker and Foster Mobley identify four of the fears that most commonly affect executives. They go on to share a four-step self-reflection plan to help leaders channel their fears into better performance, productivity, and personal relationships at work.
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It’s common knowledge among security professionals that humans are the weakest link in a company’s cybersecurity efforts. In an attempt to curb that risk, organizations often focus on employee training. This approach, however, won’t work, according to Michael Sulmeyer and Mari Dugas, authors of this HBR article. Rather, they propose taking the onus off of humans completely. “There are simply too many chances for us to accidentally hurt ourselves or the networks on which we operate regardless of how much training we receive,” they write. Read this article for six proactive alternate strategies to reduce the risk of cyber attacks.
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N. Anand and Jean-Louis Barsoux begin this HBR article with an eye-opening stat: “about three-quarters of change efforts flop – either they fail to deliver the anticipated benefits or they are abandoned entirely.” They explain that, too often, organizations worry about how to change before first thinking through what to change – or what needs to change first. Drawing from a four-year study of 62 corporate transformations, they uncovered three critical factors that are essential for producing lasting change. In this article, they illustrate these factors through case study examples and provide the tools executives need to shape their own company’s transformation efforts.
“Having an intuition for how machine learning algorithms work – even in the most general sense – is becoming an important business skill,” writes Kathryn Hume in this Harvard Business Review article. Hume makes the case that all business stakeholders should take responsibility for spotting AI opportunities, especially considering data scientists are in short supply at many companies. In this article, she provides a simple math equation and a step-by-step guide that anyone can use to determine where AI may be able to help.
CEOs increasingly want their IT teams to generate revenue for their organizations. In new research, Harvard Business Review Analytic Services interviewed 15 prominent CIOs who are using IT to drive revenue. In this report, you'll learn their strategies for turning IT into a revenue generator, including four essential skill sets.