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IT Leadership: Seize the First One Hundred Days

In IT, you only have one chance to make a great first impression.

  • New IT leaders are often met with political and skills-based challenges for which they aren't prepared.
  • Mistakes made in the early days of tenure in an IT leadership role may be impossible to undo.
  • This solution set will help new IT leaders avoid the key pitfalls and get set up for success.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Don't over-focus on the CEO. Other business leaders can torpedo your career if you ignore them.
  • Taking on long-term, high-risk projects too early can be a career ender.

Impact and Result

  • Gain self-awareness to better leverage your strengths and opportunities.
  • Establish credibility with IT staff and business decision makers to create a strong foundation for the rest of your tenure.
  • Set clear priorities to focus on the most important things from the start.

IT Leadership: Seize the First One Hundred Days Research & Tools

1. Follow a one hundred day plan

Identify the main steps IT leaders must and must not take in the early days of IT leadership.

2. Build strong relationships

Establish a network of support that I can leverage throughout my tenure.

3. Prioritize early efforts

Discover the hidden and obvious points of pain to create a positive impression.

4. Implement good governance controls

Establish IT policies and measures that will serve as an early platform for communication with the business.

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