It's impossible to lead others until you lead yourself. The core to self-leadership is clarity around your MVV. Note: This is the second in a three-part series on Clarifying your personal Mission, Vision and Values (MVV). April covered personal Mission while in June we’ll look at personal Values.
Let’s face it, when it comes to your client’s applications, data and network, for many IT professionals, it’s their baby. They’ve helped it grow by carefully adding new devices; made sure it’s well protected from harm with the necessary security; made certain that it’s properly fed with the right power and ensured it’s comfortable with the right cooling. They’re not about to hand over control of their network and its applications to just any facility — Correct?
He bows before you, King/Queen of your Technical Realm. You raise the magical gleaming silver sword, Excalibur, high over your head. Lowering Excalibur, you touch each shoulder of that bowed special ally as empowering words fall from your lips, “I dub thee, Sir, Knight of the Royal Technology Table. Arise Sir Reginald and assume your leadership role.” With a hope-filled heart you watch Sir Reginald arise. He walks into your service team meeting glowing with pride and promptly falls on his face. Gasping for air, you awake from your dream wondering, “How can I lead when my leaders can’t … or won’t?”
Smartphones. Social media. Instant communication. Our world is ever changing and evolving. Along with these changes in technology come changes in how businesses operate. One of the biggest changes can be seen through business’ presence on social media and via their organizations’ websites.
IT solutions providers can benefit from learning and using Steven Covey’s four quadrants — and recognizing Quadrant II, which includes important, but not necessarily urgent, tasks like planning and relationship building, should not be overlooked but rather considered an investment of time in your business’ success.
Managed IT services providers (MSPs) must ensure that their service delivery objectives are in line with their client’s business objectives. The common aspiration of an MSP is to provide a service that their client finds valuable and thus indispensable.
For the majority of global enterprises, the data center is now the strategic hub of the business. This has led many organizations to re-evaluate facility efficiency, accountability, and cost management. When tasked with reducing capital and operating expenditures, most focus on optimizing cooling and power infrastructure as it is an operational area simple to understand and a management strategy with an immediate impact on a data center’s operating expenditure (OpEx).
With data breaches on the rise in the U.S., the security of personal data is becoming a growing concern for both consumers and businesses, and rightly so. The major cyberattack experienced earlier this year by Anthem exposed the sensitive healthcare information of 80 million Americans — nearly a quarter of the U.S. population. And that’s just one example.
Lately there’s been a lot of buzz in the SMB space regarding the use of HR apps, and many have emerged as a way to fill some HR voids for small business owners. Offering scalable and affordable applicant tracking systems (ATS) and human resource information systems (HRIS), the apps seem to alleviate the need to hire HR staff.
How do I get people to step up and take ownership of responsibilities so I can get out of the middle of things?