IT Leadership Alchemy

IT Leadership Alchemy

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This book will provide real IT examples, templates and resources for an IT professional to grow his or her ability in order to positively influence the people that define the IT leader's role. An IT leader must be a relationship manager, building solid patterns of communication with and between the CIO, the business customers and the technical staff. The authors explain the core competencies: Awareness, Performance, Improvement and Transformation. These competencies were developed through market research surveys and with the help of an advisory panel consisting of industry experts, such as Edward Yourdon and Naomi Karten, as well as IT business leaders from companies like Nike, Eli Lilly, Clarian, Hospitals, Staples, Bank One, Northeast Utilities and 3M. The material used in this book was developed by an expert advisory panel and is used in the Russel, Martin and Associates iLeadership programs.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 178.8 x 234.2 x 19.6mm | 526.18g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 013009403X
  • 9780130094032

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Transform yourself into a great technical leader!Make a plan for leadership--and execute on itStrengthen all your key relationships: with technical staff, management, and your customerContains easy-to-use templates, checklists, assessments, and group facilitation techniquesIncludes real-life scenarios and solutions from the world's leading IT organizations

The practical, hands-on guide to winning IT leadership.

Make a plan for becoming a great leader--and execute on itBuild win-win relationships with clients, managers, technical professionals, and other key stakeholdersBeyond getting to market fast--how to get it rightIncludes easy-to-use tools proven in the world's leading organizations

Today's IT leaders must manage unprecedented rates of change and growth in a radically new and extraordinarily complex environment. Drawing on the insights of a world-class panel of IT and business leaders, IT Leadership Alchemy identifies the core relationship management skills that underlie every facet of successful IT leadership. Then, through practical templates, checklists, assessment tools, and real-life scenarios, this book shows IT managers exactly how to strengthen, deepen, and leverage those skills.

Covers all three key building blocks of IT management success: self assessment, work with others, and alignmentAddresses every aspect of technical leadership, from staff development to strategyOffers expert, hands-on techniques for improving your communication skillsCovers recruitment, retention, and team leadershipIncludes practical techniques for sharpening your customer/client focus

IT Leadership Alchemy is the first book that precisely targets the crucial human and business skills you need to succeed in IT management--and gives you a detailed program for developing all of them. From motivating brilliant people to managing brutal schedules, this book will be by your side--all the way to the top.
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Table of contents

Foreword. Preface. 1. The Value of Technical Leadership. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. What is Leadership? Exercise: Zoning in on Competencies. Alchemy: Turning Common Into Precious. Exercise: Ranking Your Strengths. Assessing Your IT Leadership Competencies. Navigating This Book. Summary.2. Leader Self-Alignment. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. Being Leadership. Leadership Values, Purpose, and Vision. Exercise: Epitaph of a Leader. Exercise: Defining Leadership Purpose. Leader Self-Awareness. Exercise: The Three-Person Feedback Challenge. Creating Your Leadership Brand. Summary. Lessons Learned. Action Plan/Journaling.3. Resiliency. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. Resiliency in Our World of Permanent White Water. Kayakers' Rules for Navigating Permanent White Water. Pack Your Attitude. Exercise: The Winning Interpretation. Don't Look Where You Don't Want to Go. Exercise: A Vision for the Road Ahead. Flex with the Flow. Manage the Mess. Exercise: Imagine the Following Scenario.... Exercise: Handling Crises. It's No Fun if You Don't Get Wet. Exercise: Challenge Equals Opportunity. Eddy Out. Exercise: Eddy Out. Summary. Lesson Learned. Action Plan/Journaling.4. Interpersonal and Team Skills. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. Interpersonal Skills for Effective Leadership. Essential Factors of Strong Relationships. Exercise: Relational Effectiveness. Exploring Trust. Exercise: Trust Assessment. Exercise: The Trust Factor. Managing Conflict. Exercise: Assess Your Conflict Approach. Interpersonal and Team Effectiveness in a World of Difference. Tuning in to Operational Differences. Valuing Operational Differences. Respecting Operational Differences. Exercise: Valuing Differences. Summary. Lessons Learned. Action Plan/Journaling.5. Communication Skills. Agenda. Communication Intentions. Communication Basics. Messages. Channels. Interference. Exercise: Feedback Skills. Leadership and Communication. Presentation Skills. Action Plan/Journaling.6. Coaching. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. What Is Coaching? Coaching Language. Beginning the Exploration. Writing Meaningful Goals. Leveraging Assessments. Giving Respectful Feedback. Summary. Lessons Learned. Action Plan/Journaling.7. Customer Orientation. Interview Customers. Group and Meeting Techniques. Exercise: Productivity Check. Exercise: Admire the Enemy. Summary. Lessons Learned. Action Plan/Journzaling.8. Strategic Business Acumen. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. Strategy 5 Clear Vision. Planning: Scenario, Strategic, and Contingency. Influencing: Selling Ideas. Receptive Behaviors. Expressive Behaviors. Indirect Influencing Behaviors. Conflict Resolution. Systemic Thinking for Problem Solving. Building Intensional Networks. Summary. Lessons Learned. Action Plan/Journaling.9. Project Leadership. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. What Is a Project? What Role Does the Leader Play? Dare to Properly Manage Resources: Define, Plan, Manage, and Review. Define: Creating a Project Charter. Example: A Project Management Case to Think About. Example: Risk Assessment. Exercise: Define Deliverables. Plan: Creating a Project Plan. Project Management Trends. Summary. Lessons Learned. Action Plan/Journaling.10. Creating and Actualizing Vision. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. Creating Common Terminology. Thoughts on Vision. The Power of Vision. Vision in an Unpredictable World. Vision Creation. Vision Alignment. Vision Enrollment. Vision Actualization. Leader as Keeper of the Vision. Summary. Lessons Learned. Action Plan/Journaling.11. The Journey to Change. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. The Challenge of Change. Transition: The Human Process of Change. Understanding Organizational Change. Leading Change. Summary. Lessons Learned. Action Plan/Journaling.12. A Plan for Action. Opportunities for Growth. Agenda. Review the Personal Assessment. Initiate a 360-Degree Process. Identify Opportunities and Needs. Build a Personal Action Plan. Beware of the Neutral Zone. The Journey Begins.Bibliography. Index.
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About Lou Russell

LOU RUSSELL is CEO of Russell Martin & Associates, a consulting and training company focused on improving planning, process, and performance in IT organizations. She has consulted with Fortune 1000 companies including 3M, Ameritech, CINergy, Commonwealth Edison, Eli Lilly, Morgan Stanley, Pearson, and Nike, and with colleges such as Texas A&M. Her books include The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook and Project Managing for Trainers. JEFF FELDMAN is a trainer, speaker, and coach specializing in personal development and human interaction training. His company, Eagle's View Enterprises, serves corporate clients including Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, 3M, Lucent Technologies, Principal Financial, and BASF as well as universities and public agencies throughout the U.S.
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