|Posted on Oct 22, 2011 07:51:04 PM | Linda Cureton | 4 Comments ||
With Halloween right around the corner, some pranksters really get kicks out of trying to scare people. Do you want to know how to scare a CIO? Here are some things to try.
Another old saying tells us that nothing beats a failure but a try. But, when you are leading major initiatives in your organization, nothing is as scary as seeing a legacy of failures from past attempts. What was that noise? Oh, it was the bloodcurdling sound of project managers who had to deliver results with insufficient time, budget, or people. Rather than just trip over the graves of past failures, CIOs need to take a few moments and learn from them.
CIOs are always trying to improve the reputation of the IT organization. And let’s face it, there’s always room for improvement. But sometimes, there are cultural barriers that just continue to haunt us and leave us petrified wondering which way to run. I tried this trick once – I have to admit that I may have watched too many episodes of Dark Shadows as a teenager. I once called a meeting and told the group we were going to have a séance. We exorcised the ghost of the former project manager and section head. They were stuck in the past with old issues that were long laid to rest. However, they kept reliving what went on before so much, it was almost impossible to move forward. The séance worked and we were finally able to move on.
Just like the Headless Horseman rode around wreaking havoc on the denizens of Sleepy Hollow, the bad leader will menace the organization as they run around in various different directions. Barbara Kellerman talked about this kind of leadership as toxic. In particular, she considered the traits to either/or insular, intemperate, glib, operationally rigid, callous, inept, discriminatory, corrupt or aggressive.
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