7 essential CIO leadership skills

In the new book The CIO Edge: Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results, the trio of authors argue that CIOs' leadership and people skills are the biggest determinate of their success--or

Published on: October 20th, 2010 Thomas Wailgum

Funky career paths give IT leaders a competitive edge

A high school physics teacher. A hockey coach and referee. An intern at the National Science Foundation.What do these seemingly disparate positions have in common? They were all early career choices for CIOs

Published on: June 17th, 2010 Beth Stackpole

Firms achieve mind-boggling results with extreme biz-IT convergence

Paul Heller is CIO at Malvern, Pa.-based Vanguard Group Inc. -- at least for now. He could very easily be plucked out of that job and reassigned to lead the company's multibillion-dollar retail

Published on: May 26th, 2010 Julia King

Letting go — How to tap the explosive power of delegation

CIO Asif Ahmad believes good managers aren't the ones who can do it all.Rather, the most effective managers are the ones know how to pick which tasks to do themselves and which to

Published on: May 21st, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

Information overload overwhelms nearly half of Canadian execs

Daily corporate correspondence, e-mail, voicemail, SMS messages, online video, business stats and graphs -- the typical Canadian executive is deluged by a sea of information, according to recent survey.Quite often this avalanche of

Published on: May 11th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Most IT teams ready to commit to Windows 7

Jim Thomas said no to Windows Vista - but Windows 7 is an entirely different matter. Thomas, CIO at Pella Corp., says his IT team began beta testing Vista's successor a year ago

Published on: March 11th, 2010 Robert L. Mitchell

Gadgets making us a ruder workforce, study shows

While smartphones and laptops have made our lives easier, they have also apparently made us ruder.Fifity-one per cent of of 1,400 CIOs recently polled by Robert Half Technology say the availability of mobile

Published on: January 28th, 2010 Nestor Arellano and Brad Reed

Shorter meetings help solve e-mail overload

My day is spent running meetings -- staff meetings, steering committee meetings and meetings of various kinds of national/regional/local governance bodies.Over the past year, I have noticed a trend of continuous partial attention

Published on: January 19th, 2010 John D. Halamka

Ties that bind – Six CIO strategies for smart relationship building

When my editor called to ask why my column was late, I said, "Column? What column?" With limited time to produce a draft, I rushed to my CIO network in search of help.

Published on: November 10th, 2009 Martha Heller

Medical centre CIO uses strong dose of guilt to ensure vendor due diligence

A CIO might receive an MBA to master the finer points of IT management, but one tactic not learned in business school, inflicting guilt on vendor reps to make sure their technology functions

Published on: August 20th, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Six smart and cost-effective ways to train employees

Christina Hanger is chief operating officer at Worksoft Inc., a small, entrepreneurial software company in Addison, Texas. She has never had a big training budget, yet she acknowledges that a highly skilled technical

Published on: August 12th, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

25 per cent of CIOs sacked for poor performance

Perhaps we can't retire the old saw that "CIO" stands for "career is over" just yet. Nearly one in four CIOs gets let go for poor performance, according to a new survey by

Published on: April 20th, 2009 Kim Nash

How to lose your job and alienate coworkers

A plunging stock market, crumbling budgets, layoffs and restructurings: So much of today's news is bad, so much of it can adversely affect your career, and so much of it is maddeningly beyond

Published on: April 14th, 2009 Mary K. Pratt

Ontario has new method to keep problem gamblers out of gaming sites

It's a strange task that Tom Marinelli has been handed – trying to keep out more than 10,000 loyal customers from 30 sites spread across Ontario.But that's what the CIO of the Ontario

Published on: March 27th, 2009 Brian Jackson