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Timely guidance for transforming IT into a strategic business partner Today's leaders are expected to reduce costs, increase productivity, drive innovation and help the business identify and pursue new business opportunities. Successful IT leaders will be the ones that become strategic business partners and decision influencers in their organizations. Unleashing the Power of IT describes in actionable detail, the new mindset, core skill set, and interpersonal tool set that are necessary for IT leaders to thrive in today's increasingly complex challenging business environment. Provides…mehr

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Timely guidance for transforming IT into a strategic business partner Today's leaders are expected to reduce costs, increase productivity, drive innovation and help the business identify and pursue new business opportunities. Successful IT leaders will be the ones that become strategic business partners and decision influencers in their organizations. Unleashing the Power of IT describes in actionable detail, the new mindset, core skill set, and interpersonal tool set that are necessary for IT leaders to thrive in today's increasingly complex challenging business environment. Provides tangible, hard-hitting, real-world strategies, techniques and approaches that will immediately transform your IT workforce and culture Includes Top Ten lists of tips and techniques, proven frameworks and practical guidance to help you launch and sustain your IT culture change and professional development initiatives Addresses how to build a client-focused IT culture; move your organization from order takers to trusted business partners, market IT's value, lead change with confidence, manage projects and vendor relationships A special feature of this book includes a chapter profiling several world-class organizations that have implemented the principles in this book. Learn about the culture change challenges they overcame and benefit from their best practices and successes.

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  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 288
  • Erscheinungstermin: 6. April 2011
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781118044506
  • Artikelnr.: 37487020
Autorenporträt
Dan Roberts is President and CEO of Ouellette & Associates Consulting, Inc., the IT leadership and professional development company known globally for developing the "human side" of the IT equation. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of industry experience, and based on their work helping more than 3,000 IT organizations transform their workforces and cultures, Roberts and his team share a road map for succeeding in today's increasingly complex, ever-changing business environment. Roberts has contributed to several books and published numerous articles in leading industry journals on topics relating to IT transformation and preparing IT for the future. To learn more, visit www.ouellette-online.com. OUELLETTE & ASSOCIATES CONSULTING, INC., has worked with more than 3,000 IT and shared service organizations since its founding in 1984 and is the leading provider of IT professional development and project management training, focusing on the "human side of technology." Unleashing the Power of IT: Bringing People, Business, and Technology Together has been years in the making and is based on this extensive real-world experience.
Inhaltsangabe
FOREWORD ix PREFACE xiii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xvii ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS xix CHAPTER 1 Creating Your Twenty
First
Century Workforce and Culture 1 Core Skills for Success 2 Assess Your Core Competencies 3 Who Will Benefit Most? 4 Getting the Most out of This Book 5 CHAPTER 2 Transforming Your IT Team 7 How to Make This Transition: Learn to Think Differently 10 Five Critical Success Factors That Enable IT Organizational Excellence 14 Conclusion 21 CHAPTER 3 Driving Change with Intent 23 Defining Terms 24 The Components of Change 25 Achieving Commitment Is Essential for Sustaining Change 25 Change Takes a Community 28 Clarity Precedes Activity 31 Messaging the Change 34 Conclusion 36 CHAPTER 4 Building a Client
Focused IT Culture 39 What Good Service Looks Like 41 Service Skills for a New Mind
Set 43 Strategies for Developing a Service Mentality 50 Conclusion 53 CHAPTER 5 Evolving into the Role of Consultant 55 What Is the Consultant's Role? 57 Why Do I Need to Become More Consultative? 59 Learning to Change Hats: The Four Roles of IT 60 How Do I Become a Consultant? 61 How Difficult Can This Be? 67 Conclusion 68 CHAPTER 6 Negotiating: Getting What You Want without Damaging the Relationship 71 Position versus Interest Negotiations 72 Three Steps and Three Key Factors 74 Applying the Key Factors to the Second Step: Information Exchange 80 The Final Step: Now Comes the Bargaining 81 Conclusion 82 CHAPTER 7 Sharpening Your Political Savvy 85 Picturing Yourself as a Political Player 86 IT and Politics: Historically Strange Bedfellows 87 A Five
Step Process for Developing Political Awareness 89 Developing Political Skills 92 Conclusion 96 CHAPTER 8 Managing Projects: The Science and the Art 99 The Building Blocks of Project Management 101 Structuring Projects for Success 104 Developing Plans That Work 105 Managing to Successful Completion 107 The Four Tenets of the Project Manager's Mind
Set 110 Conclusion 114 CHAPTER 9 Changing Your Requirements
Gathering Mind
Set 117 The What, Not the How 119 The Importance of the Interview 121 Communicating through Pictures 124 Writing a Solid Requirements Document 126 Conclusion 127 CHAPTER 10 Managing the Vendor Relationship 129 Both Sides of the Coin 130 Preparing for a New Role 131 Getting a Fresh Start 133 The Seven Phases of Managing Vendor Partnerships 135 Conclusion 145 CHAPTER 11 Marketing IT's Value 147 Market to the IT Department 149 Build Partnerships 151 Differentiate Yourself 152 Establish Credibility 153 Create Product and Service Awareness 154 Develop a Formal Plan 155 Determine Your Success 156 Conclusion 157 CHAPTER 12 Creating the Social Organization 159 The Social Business Framework 161 Conclusion 170 CHAPTER 13 O&A Clients in Action: Stories from the Trenches 173 St. Luke's Health System: Transformation through a Newly Consultative IT Function 174 Marriott: Success Enhanced through a Transformed IT
Business Relationship 178 Bowdoin College: Trust in IT Creates a Culture of Change 182 Conclusion 186 CHAPTER 14 Moving IT up the Maturity Curve: IT Talent Management 187 Gaining a Core Competency Mind
Set 188 Moving up the IT Maturity Curve 189 Talent Management 2.0 191 A Look at the Best of the Best 193 Conclusion 195 ACCESS YOUR FREE TRIAL OF IT SKILL BUILDER 197 BIBLIOGRAPHY 199 INDEX 203