Who likes a loud mouth? Who admires the person who walks into a room, boasts about their achievements and leaves with a glib statement about the importance of meeting your goals in life? My guess is not many of you. In real life, you’d probably go a long way to keep clear of someone who celebrated their own successes and who offered lame advice about your own challenges. Yet in the modern business world, different rules apply. Doubters need only take a short dip into their LinkedIn news feeds. I’ve just checked mine and there’s posts about ‘the new game of strategy’ (which sounds like a tired rehash of Monopoly), the need to ‘unleash the wolves in human resources’ (which is probably illegal, if occasionally tempting) and the key to happiness (long story short, you must be successful at work). It’s important, of course, to state there are genuinely influential people out there. We could all list individuals who’ve helped shape our personal and professional lives. Some of them might be famous; the majority probably aren’t. While you might have come across a ninja, a rock star, or – as I saw someone describe themselves on LinkedIn recently – a dream weaver, most of these ‘influencers’ are simply talkative people with a bit of experience. They don’t own the keys to a successful life, but they might, at best, know some stuff. So what about tech workers – and in particular the CIO? You see, many IT leaders really know… [Read full story]
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