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4 years ago

Innovation starts with your users...

Kevin Pashuk · The best advice I ever received when I was looking to start a consulting business was this: · “To guarantee success, find a need and fill it.” · There is no value in creating products or services for which there is no need. On occasion, an organization will come up with a game-ch ...

4 years ago

Listening to the Future

Kevin Pashuk · John Chambers says to me: · ‘Your job · is to think of what I think · before I think of it, · and have it · ready to go · when I think of it.’ · — Rebecca Jacoby - · CIO, Cisco Systems If you are a Chief Information Officer and are only dealing with operational issues and nex ...

4 years ago

What Does the IT Department REALLY Do???

Kevin Pashuk · At some point in your career as CIO, you will need explain the services that are provided by the IT department to those granting next year's budget dollar, in a way that makes sense to the them. Let me share how I do it. · Your skill in doing so can have a tremendous impact on yo ...

4 years ago

The 5 Top Challenges CIOs will Face in 2017

Kevin Pashuk · This is the time of year when every blogger puts out a "Top 5", or if they are prolific... a "Top 10" list of the top issues / challenges / opportunities / predictions / opinions that we bloggers feel is important. · This is my list. · These are the things that I believe should b ...

5 years ago

Getting your team over the 1st Dysfunction

Kevin Pashuk · More often than not, I hear horror stories from the workplace.  · Once you get behind the public face of an organization, and back behind the green curtain, the stories emerge. · Dysfunctional teams. · Broken bosses. · Low performance. · Non-existent passion. · Toxic environments ...

5 years ago

Hurricanes, Floods and Other Disasters

Kevin Pashuk · I live in South Central Ontario. · What that means is while millions of people were preparing for the onset of Hurricane Matthew, I was mowing my lawn. · We were not in the path of the beast. · Image: www.thestar.com · In spite of my nice, dry location, Hurricane Matthew did get ...

5 years ago

Mobility Minded - Creating the Mobile Workspace

Kevin Pashuk · Do you remember a time that when you made a phone call, you called a house instead of a person? If you were a teenage boy you dreaded the thought of getting that young lady’s father on the phone. I have yet to experience that type of terror in my adult life, but I digress. · A li ...

5 years ago

How to be Headhunted...

Kevin Pashuk · Let me start this post by saying that I am very happy in my current position and am not actively seeking a new career move.   · But then, that is exactly the position I was in when I was recruited for my current role. · But first, some background. · In a CIO's toolkit, the abilit ...

5 years ago

A Minute with Michael...

Kevin Pashuk ·   · What if you had an opportunity to speak directly to one of the most influential people in technology in the last 25 years? · If you had one minute to ask a question, or make a comment, what would you say? · I had such an opportunity to sit around a small conference table with ...

5 years ago

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys...

Kevin Pashuk · When I was small, most of my friends had career aspirations much different than mine. · Many of them wanted to be doctors, lawyers, mechanics, police officers, firemen and a whole litany of other things. · Not me. · When I grew up, I wanted to be a cowboy. This was a passion fuel ...

5 years ago

Getting ready for your next presentation

Kevin Pashuk · It has been said (thanks Jerry Seinfeld) that people are more afraid of public speaking than they are of dying. That would mean that the average person would rather be the one in the coffin, than the one delivering the eulogy. · There comes a time, ok, several times in the CIO's ...

5 years ago

Nasty, but Necessary

Kevin Pashuk · I'm a huge proponent of strengths based leadership. · Let me explain. · Strengths are not necessarily what you are good at, but doing activities that engage your strengths bring fire to your belly, a sparkle in your eye, and time flies by so quickly it seems like you just started ...

5 years ago

IT's Island Mentality has got to go!

Kevin Pashuk · " No man is an island unto himself, every man is a part of the whole." · - John Donne _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________When I started my new role as CIO at a large college, I spent time meeting with ...

5 years ago

Three Envelopes - A Short Leadership Fable

Kevin Pashuk · This is my version of a leadership fable that I've used in presentations over the years to describe what is unfortunately the reality in many organizations. · For me, it summarizes the approach many new leaders take in bringing change into an organization. · Enjoy. · Once upon a ...

5 years ago

10 Simple Rules for Success in the IT Department

Kevin Pashuk · In 2003, I put together a brand new team to build the infrastructure for a brand new medical school in Northern Ontario. · It was a heady, exciting time.  We were in a full tilt run creative mode for two years. · There wasn't any time for the extraneous. · No time for things that ...

5 years ago

Leverage the brilliance of others. Be a Connector

Kevin Pashuk · “ You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it.  · You must learn to see the world anew .” · Albert EinsteinIn a former life, I started a consulting company. · In those early day, many of the thoughts and musings I share in this blog were in their infanc ...

5 years ago

Renting a Motorhome, and Other Bad Vacation Ideas

Kevin Pashuk · When you think of a family vacation in a motor home, what comes to mind? · Joyous cruising with happy children playing board games, with lots of leg room and a fully stocked fridge close at hand? · That's the image we had envisioned when we rented a motor home a few years back to ...

5 years ago

Sharpening the CIO's Saw

Kevin Pashuk · You are a smart person.  You wouldn't have gotten to where you are without being smart... But I have news for you. · Your brilliance gets dull with use.  Just like a knife. Or better yet a saw. · I grew up in a part of the world where a good number of people earned their liveliho ...

5 years ago

The most important post on strategy you will ever read.

Kevin Pashuk · IT folks are busy people. Their typical workday doesn't fit in the 9-5 slot (equipment NEVER breaks down during the workday -  3 am being the preferred time.) · Busy is good, right? There's so much to do! · Maybe. · A wise IT leader should never, ever, confuse motion with progres ...

5 years ago

How I Overcame Impostor Syndrome

Kevin Pashuk · Several years ago, back when I had hair, I attended a conference in Colorado. · The fact that I had hair meant I was just starting out in my career and had lots to learn.  I was young, and impressionable. · The fact that the conference was in Colorado meant it was a two hour time ...

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