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There is no doubt that technology is transforming every facet of every industry on the globe. Business demands that there is seamless integration of technology driving real-time market results ...

There is no doubt that technology is transforming every facet of every industry on the globe. Business demands that there is seamless integration of technology driving real-time market results resulting in never-seen revenue gains. The expectations of the modern business leader are daunting- Social, Mobile, Enterprise, Analytics, SaaS, Profits? At the same time, the small armies of technology professionals that are being called upon to deliver heroics, build transformational value, and lead companies to greater profit margins, are themselves often leaderless. That is, the business leaders of today are ill-equipped to be the technology leaders of tomorrow.

Come hear some stories, learn some tips, and enjoy the journey of one seasoned technology executive who has navigated the corridors of the some of the great technology companies, transformed that learning into business acumen in the executive wings, and lived to tell about it.

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When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part: How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly Functional Teams, and Make a Difference Presentation Transcript

  • 1. When Capturing Lightning is the Easy Part! How to Lead Technical People, Build Highly- Functional Teams, and Make A Difference
  • 2. How hard can it be? http://drmegavolt.com
  • 3. Our Agenda • A little bit about me • A conversation about the state of Biz/Tech Leadership • Solutions, ideas, and stories that will entertain, intrigue, and equip you
  • 4. 4 Primary Topics The Leadership Dilemma The Leadership Solution The Leadership Reality The Leadership Vision
  • 5. A little about me…
  • 6. But we had no idea was was to come…
  • 7. Warning: Educational Content • Let’s stroll through the history of modern technology…
  • 8. Tech History , Part 1 • Click to add text
  • 9. Tech History , Part II 2000 1990
  • 10. For business - we live in crazy times…
  • 11. Thesis Point 1: The Leadership Dilemma Business Leaders of today are ill equipped to lead technical people
  • 12. Traditional business leaders…
  • 13. Traditional workers…
  • 14. The technical gangstas…
  • 15. Houston…we have a problem Business Acumen Technology Acumen
  • 16. The pace of change is blistering…
  • 17. (64 Years) From This
  • 18. To This
  • 19. (30 Years) From This
  • 20. To This
  • 21. Or This (and which is the concept?)
  • 22. (8 Years) From This …
  • 23. To This
  • 24. We are the simplifiers…
  • 25. We are the translators…
  • 26. We are the magicians…
  • 27. Don’t get cocky
  • 28. Thesis Point 2: The Leadership Solution Businesses need us (the technical leaders) and those we lead (the technical braintrust) to be more relevant than ever
  • 29. It is important to think holistically: As leaders of technical people, we need to be: • Technically excellent • Business savvy • Socially responsible • Champions of complex humans • Drivers of dreams
  • 30. There is simply not a connection (yet) See any “Business” reference here?
  • 31. Need Technology Companies that need technology:
  • 32. Need Revenue Companies that need revenue:
  • 33. 33% 64% 3% Technology Savvy Revenue Savvy Purple Dinosaurs Typical company breakdown by ability:
  • 34. But great leaders always do one thing well: They Inspire Others To Achieve Great Things
  • 35. Thesis Point 3: The Leadership Reality Technical cats are not like other cats
  • 36. Technical cats are different…
  • 37. You need to understand them…
  • 38. And then you can lead them
  • 39. What motivates technical people? • The Challenge • The Opportunity • The Environment • The Team • The Mission
  • 40. LTP: The Challenge
  • 41. LTP: The Opportunity
  • 42. LTP: The Opportunity It’s a GREAT time to be in technology. Aw crap – this makes life for us leaders even harder…
  • 43. LTP: The Environment
  • 44. LTP: The Environment
  • 45. LTP: The Environment
  • 46. LTP: The Environment
  • 47. LTP: The Team
  • 48. MTP: The Mission
  • 49. CIOs, CTOs, and Tech Leads have a huge opportunity:
  • 50. Thesis Point 4: The Leadership Vision The effective leader of technical people must be different (and must be capable) to be successful
  • 51. The Effective Leader has 3 Roles Alpha Wolf Psychologist Sensei
  • 52. The Alpha Wolf
  • 53. You must know their world IT Manager Development Manager CIO Network Admin Help Desk
  • 54. Hold Back Your Fangs What if this is your CMO???
  • 55. The Psychologist
  • 56. The Sensei http://smg.photobucket.com/user/MrDelicious/media/Splinter_Dave_Rapoza_TMNT_2.jpg.html
  • 57. Let’s bring it all together
  • 58. We Covered 4 Primary Topics The Leadership Dilemma The Leadership Solution The Leadership Reality The Leadership Vision
  • 59. Thesis Point 1: The Leadership Dilemma Business Leaders of today are ill equipped to lead technical people
  • 60. Thesis Point 2: The Leadership Solution Businesses need us (the technical leaders) and those we lead (the technical braintrust) to be more relevant than ever
  • 61. Thesis Point 3: The Leadership Reality Technical cats are not like other cats
  • 62. Thesis Point 4: The Leadership Vision The effective leader of technical people must be different (and must be capable) to be successful
  • 63. 3 Primary Roles Alpha Wolf Psychologist Sensei
  • 64. And finally, remember what’s important
  • 65. Thank You! Brett Eddy www.bretteddy.com @brettseattle
  • 66. Archive • Credits for visuals and topics are in the notes. • Sincere apologies for those I missed.