The cost of one single-hour meeting with six managers or professional technical attendees ranges from $600 to $1,500. Add in the cost of facilities, and it is likely to be 25 percent higher. That’s just one hour, one time.
As time is money, here are best practice suggestions for anyone leading or participating in the meeting. To start:
What could your organization do with an extra million (or more) in cash? You can probably think of a dozen or so answers right off the top of your head. And that’s without taking the time to investigate potential short- or long-term investment opportunities that could open up, if, in fact, you had that extra cash in hand.
Hold on for more doom and gloom: This is the dreaded year when the chief marketing officer allegedly will have a larger actual information technology budget than the CIO, as Gartner gloomily predicted. Is this really the sea change many have predicted? Is the professional IT executive more of a junior partner in the C-suite, rather than an equal among colleagues?
The average tenure a CIO is 6 ½ years, according to 2016 CIO Magazine survey. So as you inevitably seek out your next position, be it by choice or necessity, the ability to clearly define and articulate your own personal brand is increasingly essential. Personal branding is a key element of Larry Bonfante’s career coaching practice. Larry, a veteran CIO with 35 years of experience in the IT industry and a speaker at the upcoming Midsize Enterprise Summit Spring 2017, recently authored a blog on the importance of personal branding:
After serving as the IT leader of The Arc Greater Twin Cities organization for nearly two decades, Paul Harder decided to write the next chapter of his career and life. Harder is now CEO of his own consulting firm, KBP Strategies, which focuses on training sales professionals. (He also served as an official with the USA Track & Field organization for many years, and was a longtime member of the Midsize Enterprise Strategies advisory board.) We caught up with Harder to ask him about his career, request advice for fellow CIOs, and discuss how he coped with change.
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