By Tony Olejnicki | Creator of HiACHIEVR Program
“Success as an IT professional and the leader is ultimately determined by one thing: how your performance is viewed and measured by your stakeholders.” says Marc J Schiller. “For today’s IT leader, nothing is more important than establishing a deeply engaged and influential relationship with your stakeholders.”
In a decade from mid 1990’s much of the investment in IT made by corporations was simply not productive. Diana Farrell, director of the McKinsey Global Institute says: "There was a lot of "me-too" investment in IT across a lot of sectors since 1995. Companies saw that their rivals had something new, and so they made these very large investments without recognizing that even within a sector, different competitive strategies mean your productivity could be driven by different things. But making IT investments in areas, that aren't driving the bulk of your potential productivity gains, is wasted investment."
From historical perspective there is a valuable lesson to learn from an article IT Productivity: Measuring the Immeasurable published in 2007.
A decade later IT leaders are constantly being told they must “become more strategic”, often, this advice is given without much elaboration. It’s given as if “becoming more strategic” was a simple thing to do. And this guidance is given as if the benefits were so obvious.
In his article, Surprising Insights About Strategic IT Leadership, Marc Schiller explores what is all means and he offers 3 fundamental insights.
- IT Strategy Is Not About the Tech. It’s About the People.
- Your Stakeholders Are Not the Problem (Yet).
- Developing a Strategic Voice Remains the Biggest Challenge for Most IT Leaders.
So why are IT leaders struggling to develop and deliver this strategic voice? There seems to be something missing to connect the dots.
Companies spent decades helping IT leaders construct visions and strategies that energize their people, and get them a seat at the table.
Successful companies understand that digital transformation is one key in productivity improvement. Many companies forget or pay lip service only to the second and more important key - a meaningful Employee Engagement.
Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training is the creator of the HiACHIEVR Program, an inspirational program helping professional working in an office environment to improve productivity and life quality by lowering physiological age, improving cognition and optimizing personal health.