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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:

Not All Brainstorms are Created Equal

Wikipedia gives this summary and definition of brainstorming: Brainstorming is a group creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members. In other words, brainstorming is a situation where a group of people meet to generate new ideas and solutions around a specific domain of interest by removing inhibitions. People are able to think more freely and they suggest as many spontaneous new ideas as possible. All the ideas are noted down without criticism and after the brainstorming session the ideas are evaluated. It's a powerful concept, first articulated by Alex Faickney Osborn in his 1967 book Applied Imagination, which had multiple followup editions through the 1970's. As with many powerful concepts, though, the specifics of implementation matter. The traditional approach to Brainstorming can fall victim to human nature We love the power of brainstorming, but [...]

March 31st, 2021|

Microsoft throws open the RPA door, makes Power Automate Free

Microsoft created some waves in the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) space this week, with the announcement at their Ignite conference that they are bundling Power Automate free in Windows 10 - all the way down to the Home user license. We imagine that UI Path, Blue Prism, and Automation Anywhere noticed this announcement as well. We believe that RPA is one of the most impactful technologies to come to maturity in recent years, and is one that a huge number of organizations benefit from. Contact us if you'd like to discuss how this technology, and this announcement from Microsoft, could impact your organization in a positive way.

March 3rd, 2021|

Why the IT Bar is Usually Set Too Low

The IT bar is set too low by business leaders Most CEOs and COOs spend their days trying to increase revenue and market share, while most CFOs spend their time optimizing their company’s balance sheet and ensuring that accounting is handled correctly. None of these top executives have the time or the background to focus their efforts on IT, even though all of them need it in order to achieve their goals. Without the context and knowledge of what is possible and what the paths to innovation should be, it is difficult for business executives to set, or even to push for, a vision for the full impact of technology. The bar is also set too low by IT leaders There is a misconception within many corporations that IT is merely backup and tech support for other departments. CIOs are often disincentivized to go beyond operating their platforms reliably, securely, [...]

February 19th, 2021|
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