Team Development and Leadership

IT should be part of your company’s growth engine. Your IT team and suppliers should help drive efficiency, service, and innovation.

But we meet many companies frustrated by the IT guys, who appear to talk a different language. They don’t understand what the business is really doing. They feel inconsistent and unreliable.

Sometimes CEOs just approach us because they are fed up with the “computer says: no” attitude.

We direct IT teams

Many of our clients have an internal IT team who report to a non-IT specialist, for example the Finance Director or the Operations Director.

Sometimes there is also a small web design team, or a team who work on data or processes, and they may report into different execs. So there is no ‘joined-up thinking’.

Often these staff have been around for a long time. The business has grown up around them, and the Board are becoming increasingly frustrated.

Not surprisingly, we often find the IT team are equally frustrated. A dysfunctional pattern of behaviour has taken hold, and the result is going nowhere!

We are digital leaders and systems specialists

All our people have spent their entire careers managing specialists and technical IT staff.

Often the ‘log jam’ clears quickly when our consultant—we call them ‘Principals’—arrives, as he or she is a technical expert, and also widely experienced in business.

The IT team feel they finally have someone with their perspective. But our Principal can also offer ‘translation services’ between the Board and technical types.

An honest assessment of your situation and needs

Our Principal will make an honest assessment of what the business has and needs in terms of staffing, insourcing, and outsourcing. Our Principal will talk frankly with the Board and recommend how to move forward.

In some cases, with careful management, the IT team can make progress, regain confidence, and enjoy their work again.

In other cases, they may simply not have the skills or qualities to do the job right. Our Principal will then agree on a plan with you and oversee the necessary steps to deal with this situation.

Business insights: Team Development and Leadership

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