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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:

Successful Leadership in the New COVID Reality

Successful leadership in the new COVID reality will require a new approach to overcome the unforeseen challenges presented by the pandemic. So many plans for 2020 have been paused or fully abandoned in the wake of more pressing concerns. Organizations must learn to adapt, to continue finding innovative ways to carry on, to begin looking ahead. Here are a few potential traps and ways to overcome them as leaders begin rising to the challenge:   COVID changed the landscape of many aspects of our lives. The world will no longer operate like it did prior to the arrival of this virus.  Leaders should challenge their assumptions, existing plans, and business models to consider what must, or should, be different now.  The future still remains uncertain, but it is certain that many aspects of life will not return to what they were before.  Creative contingency plans will help ensure that whatever [...]

April 13th, 2020|

CRM Adoption Needs Good Leadership as Much as Good IT

Over 90% of companies with dedicated sales teams have licensed a CRM system, and yet far fewer of these companies believe their CRMs are strategic in their impact to the top and bottom lines.  Quora got double-digits responses to the question "Why do salespeople hate CRM?"  "Why do salespeople love CRM?" had not been posted as a question as of the time of this writing. Why is it so challenging to get sales teams to use CRM systems? Contrary to some other commentators on this topic, I don't believe the problem of low CRM adoption is due mainly to the systems being overly complex, or salespeople having limited grasp of software generally.  Don't get me wrong; some CRMs are no doubt too complex, designed by techies without sufficient input from real sales teams, etc.   There are over 300 different CRM systems in the market today, and no doubt some are [...]

January 16th, 2020|

Should IT Leadership enter the Gig Economy?

With the recent growth of the gig economy in all kinds of sectors and roles, it bears asking whether this kind of structure might be a cheaper option for more companies searching for top-level IT leadership.  Answering this question will have some nuances, but it seems clear that going with a "gig CIO" is worth considering, and is likely better than at least one all-too-common mistake in choosing heads of IT. When you hear “gig economy,” likely you imagine transactions with Uber or Upwork—companies that operate under a “pay by the drink” approach.  It's part of a larger trend which also encompasses the Cloud revolution, where you pay per month for the specific amount of compute and storage you've utilized.  In general, participants in our economy are increasingly preferring to pay for only what they use, in many categories of goods and services.   Approximately 57 million people (36% of U.S. [...]

November 22nd, 2019|