Young IT talent can't skate by on tech prowess alone. Eight CIOs share their take on the skills that impress.
“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.
In this Harvard Business Review article, Rebecca Knight explores how unconscious racism, ageism, and sexism play a role in the hiring process, and the key strategies leaders must employ to reduce these biases. Drawing from expert advice, Knight outlines critical, actionable steps to overcome bias, starting with awareness training and better job descriptions and extending throughout the interview process. She then presents two case studies that that exemplify these approaches in action. Download this report to learn more.
“Every company wants to be at the forefront of its industry and on the cutting edge of innovation. And for that, you need highly creative employees,” writes Emma Seppala in this Harvard Business Review article. Seppala spoke with innovative leaders across industries and found four key ways executives are putting creativity into practice. In this article, she shares their advice and tips for stepping out of your comfort zone, giving yourself room to think, learning about things beyond your niche, and identifying useful constraints.
When it comes to mindfulness – in the workplace and in life – there’s a lot of hype. Daniel Goleman, author of this HBR article, “used the most rigorous scientific standards to sift through the sea of publications on mindfulness and other kinds of meditation” and found that a mere one percent of thousands of articles fit the gold standard for medical research. In these studies, Goleman found four real benefits of mindfulness. In this article, he dives into the business implications of each of these benefits and makes a strong case for why a meditation habit could pay off.
Multiteaming, the organizational practice of having people assigned to multiple projects simultaneously, has its benefits – and its setbacks. Mark Mortensen and Heidi K. Gardner studied collaboration in hundreds of teams over the last 15 years and found that multiteaming is “practically ubiquitous” in today’s economy. In this Harvard Business Review article, they present several ways that both team and organizational leaders can anticipate the challenges of multiteaming and better capitalize on its many benefits.
How do you please the CEO? Generate new revenue streams for the business. Abbie Lundberg interviews CIOs from organizations including CVS Health, GE, and Liberty Mutual, and explores their proven strategies. Get our Harvard Business Review Analytic Services study.
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The pace of business is accelerating, and organizations are demanding more from their information technology teams. They need IT departments that act as hubs of innovation, not just cost centers.
In The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change, more than 20 contributors from open source communities, companies, and projects offer hard-won lessons and practical advice for creating a more open IT department—one that can deliver better, faster results and unparalleled business value. We invite you to download the guide now.
Increasingly, IT leaders are being seen as revenue generators for their organizations. It’s by no means a new mandate, but it’s one that’s gaining steam as IT’s role takes on even more prominence in organizations. In this roundtable discussion, three leading IT executives share why they believe IT needs to shed the cost center mentality and become top-line producers.
Talent shortages in IT are nothing new. In fact, CIO Magazine devoted a special issue to the topic in the early 1990s. Even with recent technology slowdowns and whole layers of the IT stack being abstracted at a dizzying pace, the unemployment rate for most IT jobs remains close to zero. Skilled technologists are being recruited in the same way sports prodigies are, often after their first year of college. To look for solutions in this talent-constrained environment, The Enterprisers Project gathered four top IT executives from the Greater Atlanta area for dinner and an evening of conversation. Download the roundtable for the conversation highlights.
Surviving the IT talent crisis has become a critical component in a company's ability to compete and succeed in the digital economy. CIOs must collaborate with HR leaders to overhaul legacy approaches to finding, attracting, and retaining IT talent that is capable of keeping up with the demands of digital transformation, according to new research by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.
Learn practical, actionable advice from CIOs and business leaders who are defining the new best practices for IT talent management. Download the full report: “IT Talent Crisis: Proven Advice from CIOs and HR Leaders.”