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5 IT leadership resolutions for 2020
Are you making the most out of 2020? It’s not too late to set new goals to help yourself and your IT organization grow
Now that we’re a few weeks into the new year, we’re approaching a critical moment: It’s time to double down on our 2020 goals or risk losing the momentum provided by the flip of a new calendar.
We asked CIOs to share resolutions to help motivate and inspire CIOs this year. It’s not too late to adopt their suggestions to ensure you’re making the most out of this new year.
Here are five commitments you can make in 2020 to position yourself and your IT organization for success.
1. Take time to reflectCIO Sensei
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2. Commit to modern ways of working
"My 2020 wish for all organizations is that we all commit to the leadership, organizational change, and technology that is needed to create new ways of working within our companies. We know that outcome-oriented, cross-functional, and empowered teams deliver incredible business value. In 2020, we all need to commit to modern ways of running organizations and developing products. It starts at the top with the senior team committing the resources and support to enable the change. It continues with the organization’s leadership committing to lead in more empowering ways. And ends with true agile/lean teams focused on client feedback and quickly iterating through continuous delivery. That’s my wish for all of us." – John Marcante, CIO, Vanguard
3. Make diversity a pillar of your AI/ML effortsartificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) partnerships from organizations that maintain a commitment to diversity in their development teams, and actively seek diverse sources of data to fuel your own ML/AI algorithms. According to Kate Crawford of the AI Now Research Institute: 'Artificial intelligence will reflect the values of its creators. So inclusivity in AI matters – from who designs it to who sits on the company boards and which ethical perspectives are included. Otherwise, we risk constructing machine intelligence that mirrors a narrow and privileged vision of society, with its old, familiar biases and stereotypes.'" – Wendy Pfieffer, CIO, Nutanix
4. Actively cultivate curiosityAutomation Anywhere
5. Use your time wisely
"In 2020, be more deliberate and mindful about the choices you make. This applies to IT organizations too. Your IT organization can't do everything. There's always going to be more demand than supply. You're always going to be asked to do more, do it faster, and use new technologies. You must be able to make very specific, deliberate, and strategic choices. So for me, my number one resolution is to prioritize, declutter, and simplify." – Jay Ferro, CIO, Quikrete
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