WithHalloween right around the corner, some pranksters really get kicks out oftrying to scare people. Do you want toknow how to scare a CIO? Here are somethings to try.
Another oldsaying tells us that nothing beats a failure but a try. But, when you are leading major initiativesin your organization, nothing is as scary as seeing a legacy of failures frompast attempts. What was that noise? Oh, it was the bloodcurdling sound of projectmanagers who had to deliver results with insufficient time, budget, orpeople. Rather than just trip over thegraves of past failures, CIOs need to take a few moments and learn from them.
CIOs arealways trying to improve the reputation of the IT organization. And let’s face it, there’s always room forimprovement. But sometimes, there are cultural barriers that just continue tohaunt us and leave us petrified wondering which way to run. I tried this trick once – I have to admitthat I may have watched too many episodes of Dark Shadows as a teenager. Ionce called a meeting and told the group we were going to have a séance. We exorcised the ghost of the former project managerand section head. They were stuck in thepast with old issues that were long laid to rest. However, they kept reliving what went on beforeso much, it was almost impossible to move forward. The séance worked and we were finally able tomove on.
Just like theHeadless Horseman rode around wreaking havoc on the denizens of Sleepy Hollow,the bad leader will menace the organization as they run around in variousdifferent directions. Barbara Kellermantalked about this kind of leadership as toxic. In particular, she considered the traits to either/or insular,intemperate, glib, operationally rigid, callous, inept, discriminatory, corruptor aggressive.