Chris J Powell

Know Your Role!

One thing that I have always struggled with in my own professional life is knowing my role.  I bring with me a lifetime of experiences that vary from time served in Canada’s Military to years and years of customer service in small family restaurants to.  I have a strong technical knowledge and I wear my heart on my sleeve so I struggle with knowing exactly where I fit in.

Before spinning off into a quite successful career as an actor, there was a WWE Wrestler that could provide a verbal tongue lashing as good as anyone.  The Rock used to preach to his opponents “Know Your Role, and Shut Your Mouth” and even though as I have grown older I have lost interest in the fantasy land that is the modern Wrestling Soap Opera the wild 90’s were a thing of beauty!

One of the biggest challenges that I have in my day to day life as a Sales Professional today is knowing when to say NO and in working with IT Professionals around the globe I can say that this is a personality trait that has many of my clients struggling with both Time and Resource Management.  I usually save Personal Development posts for Monday’s but with this weekend being a rare example of all of North America sharing a holiday weekend it thought it was important to look to how an IT Professional  needs to look inward before having the charts and graphs that effective Resource Management Solutions can add time and order into the chaos that is a modern IT Department.

In the coming months, my clients will be involved in the development of a new generation of IT Research that will be focused on providing an immersed experience that looks to Role Based Research and not just the content that is focused on the IT Leaders.  We say that our content is practical and tactical and by far it is the most actionable research that I have ever found (and I dig through our competitors sites and back channels ALOT!) but this new way of looking at research will really bring the tools and resources directly into the trenches and be very disruptive to the Research Industry!

Back in April 2010, CIO Insight created a Slide Show that looked at the 13 most important IT Roles and I thought that I might share them with you today, it looks at the trends within modern IT Departments and is based on the percentage of IT executives who believe each role is growing in importance.

Having been a long time fan of the CIO Insight’s Slide Decks to succinctly be ability to compress a complex issue into 10-15 slides for rapid consumption I thought that it was important to keep slides in their original form.  Next week though I will be digging deep into each of the 13 roles within this deck and giving my perspective on the future of these different aspects.

For many of my clients it is a matter that during any given hour they may have to perform the duties of any if not all of these roles and it is important to understand the challenges faced by both large and small IT Departments all come from proper resource management and time management.

Cheers and have a great day.

Chris J Powell

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