Four Steps New IT Directors can take to Increase Job Security

By October 22, 2021 Blog
IT Director for a Marketing Firm

#1 Slow Down
#2 Assess and Consult
#3 Delegate
#4 Demonstrate Progress

 

Imagine this Scenario

You sign on to a new role with a company as a CIO/IT Director. It’s your first day on the job and it dawns on you how crazy busy things are. But it isn’t busy because things are going well. The chaos comes from computer systems and processes that haven’t kept pace with the evolution of the company.

Because your team is small, you have no choice but to wear a lot of hats. When you go on vacation, everything grinds to a halt. But no matter how hard you work, you can never seem to get ahead. Before you know it, you’re throwing your resume up on Indeed or Monster – if you aren’t laid off first.

How do you break the cycle and win at your job?

#1 Slow Down

Extremely smart people – from psychologists to seasoned IT experts – will give you a piece of wise advice: slow down. It’s hard to take this advice when things are (metaphorically) on fire. But free up as much time as you can for step two

#2 Assess and Consult

Ask yourself:

  • What desperately needs to change?
  • What are the root causes of your problems?
  • Where do you need help?

We seek answers to more than 70 questions when we perform an IT assessment. That allows us to peel back the layers and perform a root cause analysis. It’s smart to talk to experts that have “been there, done that.” We love lending our expertise and we’re happy to help however we can, so don’t be shy about asking us questions.

Once you understand the challenges that you’re facing and you have sound advice, you can formulate a plan.

#3 Delegate

It isn’t always easy to let go of responsibilities, so start small. Shed the items that aren’t your forte and focus on the things that are. If your team simply can’t do something, a Managed Services Provider can fill in the gaps.

As you vet co-managed IT companies, start to define in your own mind where their responsibilities would begin and end. Confirm that they are team players that can carefully follow your lead.

When we recommend co-managed care, we view the CIO/IT Director as a partner. The closer we can work together, the better.

#4 Demonstrate Progress

As you execute your new strategy, there’s only one way to know for sure it’s working: tracking KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).

A good IT services provider will routinely pull metrics that prove progress. We pride ourselves on reporting. But to add value, we strive to explain the numbers in
non-technical terms that anyone can understand. That can help you sell your approach to internal stakeholders at your company.

Summary

When you have the right knowledge, resources, and plan…you’re unstoppable. But you may not be able to get there by yourself. If you’d like to discuss all the ways we can help you achieve your goals, contact us today.

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