Saturday, May 24, 2008

Moving Towards Change

Wow, talk about being spent. The past couple months has been the most intense period of my entire I.T. career - so far. Without the support of my CEO, incredible staff and amazing wife I'm not sure I would have made it.

It's one thing to build an IT infrastructure as you grow - it's another to move a completely built infrastructure and triple the size to support growth & future operations.

There are so many things I'd like to write about:

I have a whole new sense of TEAM as it relates to IT. One of my fav movies has the line "there is no I in t - e - a - m!" Cliche? yes - but true beyond words. To be a good leader you need to replace I and my with we and our. There is no leadership without team.

The ART of IT is everything. As I talk to friends & colleagues in the IT world about the CEO / IT relationship the conversation takes one of two paths - those that have a great relationship with their CEO and those that aren't sure where the CEO's office is. Our success as IT leaders is dependent on our relationship with our CEO. We have to align with their goals & vision.

Here's a bold statement: You can future-proof your IT infrastructure. Modular, state-of-the-shelf choices with a pinch of state-of-the-art support "future" - oh, and a good relationship with your CEO.

There is an odd emptiness that follows the completion of a major project. I can't quite describe it and I'm not sure what to do about it. Perhaps I just need to be aware and listen. Stepping through & towards monumental change sure has ups & downs. The project continues, never complete - ever changing.

There is so much more to document...