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CIO Coaching2020-10-23T14:22:04-06:00

Life is an ongoing journey of learning, as many college graduates hear in their commencement address.  Everyone needs training on a regular basis, to build new skills and keep current in a world that is changing faster than ever before.  Even CEOs meet regularly with colleagues for co-mentoring, and most read dozens of books each year.  Innovation Vista doesn’t attempt or claim to be a training organization, but we do provide one key service for IT leaders: coaching.

Coaching differs from training in several ways:

  • It is one on one, allowing for deep exploration of the nuances of challenging situations and decisions
  • Coaching is integrative, drawing together all the skills both participants have gained through their career

We tailor our coaching plans just as we do our Technology Strategies!  Each situation is different.

  • Organizations may sign their top IT leader up for coaching in preparation for major changes or expansion
  • An IT leader may benefit from coaching prior to (or alongside) being promoted to the next level up, becoming responsible for unfamiliar processes
  • Individuals may sign up in order to prepare themselves for a promotion opportunity (or their families may gift them this coaching)
  • CIOs who have come up through an operations/infrastructure type of background may desire a deeper grasp on applications & data
  • IT leaders who have advanced from an analyst/programming/project management background may want help navigating security and the cloud
  • CIOs who succeeded in one organization may be struggling in another company or industry (this is one of the most common patterns we see, and it is one for which coaching is a far better initial remedy, given that the capability for solid performance is known to be there)

Our team of C-level experts have long histories of mentoring and coaching IT leaders to rise to their full potential.   Truth be known, it is one of the most fulfilling things we can do with our time…!  If you know of a situation where coaching might benefit an IT leader, please contact us to start a dialogue about how we can help.

Below see some of our recent Thought Leadership on IT Leadership:

Experienced IT Leadership CAN be Affordable · Virtual CIOs

The importance – and the complexity – of Technology in modern business models have never been higher.  Because IT skills are so different from those possessed by many business leaders, most CEOs and Boards of Directors want an experienced leader at the top of their IT organization.  The right leader ensures the right choices are made on all strategic IT decisions, which is critical since so many will reverberate for their companies (and may make the difference between empowering them and limiting the entire organization): Casting a vision for where a company’s technology can and should evolve for maximum benefit Choosing cyber-security protections Ensuring sufficient capacity for system performance and growth Nurturing a culture of innovation and service in the IT department Collaborating with senior leadership to identify opportunities for IT-driven efficiencies & revenue Designing the Enterprise Architecture Choosing key technology vendors Negotiating services, software, and hardware contracts Deciding how [...]

December 18th, 2020|

Change is Faster than Ever, but Will Never Again Be This Slow

This succinct summary of the challenge of modern life is a quote from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, from his keynote at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2018.  And although that organization tried to downplay the sentiment later that year, Trudeau's claim seems an accurate summary of our times. Change is hard for human beings; we are accustomed to a great deal of consistency from one day to another: in what is expected of us, in the tools we use to perform those duties, in how we're perceived by others and how we interact with others, in what constitutes the necessities of life, and in how we obtain those necessities.  Most of us feel we can "handle" change, but when we say that we usually mean one change at a time, and with a pause after each change before we're forced to confront the next one. The challenge today [...]

November 15th, 2020|
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