Technological Leaders

Technological Leaders
Steve Jobs
From the 1970’ until today, the technology industry has become one of the main industries in the world. For instance, since the 1970’s, the world has been introduced to several technological breakthroughs, such as the internet, GPS, and the I-phone. These technology advancements have produced billions of dollars for companies such as Google’s search engine, Facebook’s social network, and Apple’s I-phones and I-pads.

Main Idea & Interesting Points

From experience, the former CTO of Cigna, Stephen Andriole claims that running a corporation with a technological strategy is always late, expensive, and not fully competent (Andriole, 2007, p. 68). The reason he started using business strategies is because the company’s environment was geared towards business, not technology. Therefore, technological business leaders still need to utilize the well-known business structures and methods instead of Informational technology methods.

According to Andriole (2007), “Highly effective business technology leaders develop, package, and sell business scenarios. They work with the business to profile “as is” and-especially-“business models and processes” (p.68). By doing so, business leaders track the technology trends that affects the company itself. They focus on the distinction between operational and strategic technology, technological concepts, and prototypes. In essence, the leaders are aware of the circumstances affecting their industry and the company’s environment. Business technology leaders identify and prioritize business pain, approaches to pain relief, and the creation of business pleasures. The article refers to business pain as being cost control, pain relief as being business response and control, and business pleasure as being revenue generation and profit.

Also, there are several functions of organizational leadership, such as the relationship between the chief information officer, chief executive officer, and the chief financial officer. For instance, since chief informational officers are usually the innovative leaders of the company, they should report their technological ideas to the CEO instead of the CFO. The reason being is that the CFOs main job is to keep cost down. Therefore, I believe it would be best if the CIO would report their business innovations to the CEO, and then the CEO acquire financial information from the CFO to see if the innovative project is financially feasible. Ultimately, the final decision is made by the chief executive officer since he is the one that controls the overall processes of the company.

Conclusion
Clearly, the technological industry has become a billion dollar industry in the world today. However, despite the technological advancements, the company still needs to emphasize the importance of familiar business models and procedures. Even though a technological company is one entity, it needs to let the technological innovators be the creative branch and the business gurus continue business strategies.

References
Andriole, S. (2007). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Technology Leaders. Communications of the ACM , 50 (3), 67-72.

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Developing Leaders

Developing Leaders
Dev Leaders

There is evidence that great leaders improve a business’s performance. Therefore, it is important for an organization to invest in their managers and staff to ensure success for their company. Today, Corporations are looking for ways in which they can build leaders and even improve leadership. According to Cohen (2011), “key leader development can be categorized into four broad areas, such as strategic issues, alignment challenges, talent areas, and the performance aspect” (p.55)

Main Idea & Interesting Points
First, a strategic plan is to create an integrated and systematic process for identifying, developing, and retaining talent for critical roles (Cohen, 2011, p. 55). A leader is the characteristic role that is inherits to an individual. What good companies should do is potentially spot out employees with the leader characteristic, and then starts training them into leadership. Also, organizations need to align their managerial staff by ensuring that the staff is in line with the organization’s strategies and goals. The leader who is involved is concerned about meeting the organization’s promises to its customers with its processes and procedures, while portraying the company’s brand.

In addition, companies need to focus on the essential aspects for building leaders from the ground up. The reason being is that they will have a leader to fill the role if any gaps should arise. The business needs to make sure their leaders are effectively and efficiently producing the goods and services that meet and exceed their customer needs (Cohen, 2011, p. 57).

Conclusion
Since great leaders have a positive impact on the company’s performance, it is sensible to have a leadership development program. Optimizing a leader development program requires an organization to provide the guidance, resources, expertise, and tools to build effective leaders. Clearly, with great leaders being trained, a company can increase performance, satisfy customer needs, and be ready for any problems that may affect the company.

References
Cohen, S. (2011). The Leader Devlopment Value Chain. T+D , 65, 54-57.