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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.

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

Business Impact – the True North for Innovation

There is a lot of hype within the business sector around emerging technologies. Talk of finding new, creative ways to solve business challenges never fails to incite a buzz within organizations, for good reason. With the right compass heading, technology can sustain or change a company’s culture, and many new technologies are emerging that promise a significant impact on business over the next few years. At times the excitement is about the technology and not its business impact Innovation is important, and powerful, and impactful, but only if it creates real business results. Without the right compass heading, forward motion is NOT progress but only wasted effort and time.  Likewise, innovation for its own sake (outside of a pure research context) is often just a drain on time and money. Instead of seeking the latest technology for its own sake, an assessment of need & opportunity is incredibly important. Innovative [...]

September 21st, 2020|

Founder Jeff Roberts to speak at IT Leaders conference

Our Founder Jeff Roberts is slated to speak on Monday Sep 14th at the SINC Midmarket IT & Security Leaders Virtual Forum, on the topic of Navigating Change Management in Innovation. He will be touching on how to navigate human nature and corporate culture in rolling out Innovation and Tech change.  After months of effort and millions in costs, too many IT projects fail in this critical step.  Jeff will offer real world advice on planning for Change Management throughout a project and how to execute on it when the time is right. For more information and to request to register, visit https://hubs.li/H0vTP8T0

September 11th, 2020|

Gold Nuggets of Data all over the Ground

Increasingly, how an organization views and uses their data determines their level of success, and therefore the value of the enterprise. Data can be as valuable as gold nuggets for companies, but too often it’s ignored--“left on the ground” rather than mined, gathered, and inventoried as a strategic asset. Gartner research indicates that by 2021, the vast majority of stock analysts will include “data” components in their corporate valuation models for how much structured information each company possesses and how strategically they use it.  This fact will surprise few.  And yet despite this being a well-known fact, Forrester estimates that between 2/3 and 3/4 of corporate data still goes unused in any capacity for analytics.   Care Must be Taken to Protect Your Customers’ Privacy No doubt your organization has contractual obligations and has made promises (explicit or implied) to your customers to protect ALL data which, if released, could [...]

August 19th, 2020|