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Changing the IT Leader's Mindset - time for revolution rather than evolution

Book Description

Are you a stereotypical IT Leader?

Although the typical aspects of the stereotypical IT Leader are extremely valuable, they are often regarded as incompatible, not only with the Board, but also with modern business strategy, which now tends to emerge through a process of ongoing dialogue in response to ill-defined, dynamic and often unpredictable market conditions.

Master soft skills

In order to break into the Board's confidence and help to lead their organisation, CIOs must now become masters of the soft skills, and deal with imperfectly seizing the unknown, rather than working to perfect the known.

Strike a balance – bring innovation and success

Incorporating the latest business thinking, this book explains how the IT Leader can strike this balance, evolve into the CTO – Chief Transformation Officer – and really contribute to the development and success of business enterprises.

Read this book and learn how to:

  • Successfully balance Transactional and Transformational Leadership By becoming flexible in your approach to leadership, you will be able to simultaneously deliver business as usual, whilst enabling change and innovation.
  • Understand the IT Leader stereotype and how to alter its perception People have developed through evolution to automatically stereotype, and, as part of the IT professional crowd, there is a certain stigma attached to your perception which can often make you seen to be an outsider. This book will show you not only how to understand others' perceptions, but also how to work with them to become a trusted and leading member of your organisation.
  • Utilise tools like action learning and co-creation In a leading role, you will have to deal with a multiplicity of situations and varying reactions from the individuals of your team. To help understand them and align their ability to assess, the book will show you how to use key tools such as action learning and co-creation to inspire innovation and increase your future prospects.
  • By employing key steps and reflective points, this book provides useful tools and sound advice to help you get to grips with balancing soft skills with hard techniques, letting you break out of the IT stereotype and bring innovation into the inner sanctum of your organisation.

    It does not try to paint the necessary personal transition as a simplistic process or procedure, but focuses on an understanding of human nature and evolutionary psychology.

    With these key insights into the corporate environment (and more), you will be able to transform your outlook. By showing you how to build on your foundations and be flexible in your approach, this book will help you open all business-doors to success and become an engine for innovation in your organisation.

    Buy this book to revolutionise your leadership methods and become a lightning conductor for change!

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title
    3. Copyright
    4. Contents
    5. Part I Where We Are Now and Why We See the World the Way We Do
      1. Chapter 1: Surviving in a World of Change
        1. Possible futures and consequences
        2. So where are we?
        3. Why we think and act the way we do
        4. Transactional vs Transformational Leadership
        5. Reflection
        6. Food for thought
      2. Chapter 2: The IT Stereotype and its Implications
        1. Psychological characteristics of IT people
        2. What are the consequences of the IT stereotype?
        3. The way forward
        4. Reflection
        5. More food for thought
      3. Chapter 3: The Illusion of a Solution
        1. The route from IT leader to CEO – critical attributes
        2. Reflection
        3. More food for thought
      4. Chapter 4: Insights from Evolutionary Psychology
        1. Behavioural hardwiring – the implications for IT
        2. In conclusion
        3. Reflection
        4. More food for thought
      5. Chapter 5: New Models of Leadership – The Route to Becoming a Transformational Leader
        1. Understanding that process and practice are not the same thing
        2. Summary – Transactional vs Transformational Leadership traits
        3. Reflection
        4. More food for thought
    6. Part II Building Transformational Competencies
      1. Chapter 6: Releasing the Power of the Many
        1. Learning to see anew
        2. A framework for shaping the environment
        3. Alignment
        4. Congruence
        5. Co-creation
        6. Engaged stakeholders
        7. Shared responsibility
        8. Self-selection
        9. Building the conditions that promote innovation
        10. Key ideas from this chapter
        11. Reflection
        12. More food for thought
      2. Chapter 7: Changing the Way We Think and Talk about Work
        1. Start at the end and work backwards
        2. The power of igniting purpose
        3. Building purpose through future-focused conversations
        4. Structuring your conversations
        5. Key ideas from this chapter
        6. Reflection
        7. More food for thought
      3. Chapter 8: Future-Focused Communication
        1. Adapting your communication style to the language of the receiver
        2. Communicating with the types
        3. Being sensitive to the needs of others
        4. Adding an extra dimension
        5. E-mail communication
        6. Writing reports
        7. Key ideas from this chapter
        8. Reflection
        9. More food for thought
      4. Chapter 9: Delivering Lasting Change
        1. Some classic reasons for lack of success in change initiatives
        2. Tactics to use to become a lightning conductor for change
        3. Key ideas from this chapter
        4. Reflection
        5. More food for thought
      5. Chapter 10: Taking a Holistic View
        1. Learning to ‘Be’ different
        2. Key steps on the journey
        3. Four levels for you to work on
        4. Final words
    7. ITG Resources