Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Sage Advice

Some very good insights on balancing the technology department while contributing to corporate strategic planning, from UniGroup's CIO Randy Poppell:

You have to hire the best people. There’s nothing magical about organizations. It’s like chemistry—you have to find the right mix of people and the right mix of skills. When you have some really talented people that manage your infrastructure, security, networks and application development, it makes it a lot easier to empower them and let them run with their particular area of expertise. You provide the guidance they need from time to time, but it frees you to focus upward in the organization and be more valuable versus trying to manage the details of the operation. Also, if you leave the details to your team and empower them to work through issues, they grow and become better leaders.

I like the way he thinks.

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