Leadership Practices to Build A Resilient IT Culture

Resilient organizations are those that are well-prepared for change and transformation. One of the ultimate goals of these enterprises is to prepare themselves for long-term strength and agility. This is the core function of leadership and management. CIOs are the change drivers that can build a resilient culture by promoting enterprise agility and reassessing funding processes and governance. In this article at InformationWeek, Missy Lawrence-Johnson shares some effective CIOs’ approaches to building a resilient culture that can succeed in today’s enterprise.

Tips to Boost Organization’s Resilience

Goals and Direction

As a CIO, provide clear direction on the team and individual accountabilities. Remember, people often effectively mobilize their energy around shared goals. Furthermore, highlight employees’ goal-oriented success stories in meetings and across company communication channels.

Offer Flexibility

Instill deep trust and high expectations across the teams, even when individual working styles, environments, and working hours look and feel very different. 

Foster Career Growth

The pandemic has presented unique problems for collaborating on core projects. As a business leader, create an atmosphere where people get involved in activities that may not be directly tied to their jobs. This will introduce your employees to various other roles and allow them to broaden their career paths. Furthermore, expand your job architecture so people can reskill themselves and stay updated on the current trends.

Prepare Your Employees for Adversity

During team meetings, allow your team members to talk openly about issues they face. This helps everyone understand when individuals or teams are facing roadblocks. Additionally, develop a culture of camaraderie, where people care about each other.

Balance Technical and Soft Skills

Various studies indicate that the demand for soft skills such as cognitive flexibility, emotional intelligence, and creativity are expected to increase. However, the focus on skills such as complex problem-solving, system thinking, and service orientation will comparatively decrease. Reskilling existing talent to acquire new technical and soft skills is crucial. Drive learning and collaboration across the enterprise by providing tools and training to help employees gain the needed skills.

To read the original article, click on https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/the-it-leaders-new-imperative-constructing-the-culture-/a/d-id/1340007.

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