5 areas for adding new skills to your resume

CIO.com

In today's digital world, companies are struggling to find IT professionals with the cutting-edge skills they need to drive innovation and growth. If you're an IT professional looking to land a new role or a professional looking to make a career change, summer's the perfect time to brush up on new skills. And the availability and affordability of online learning has made it easier than ever to add critical hard and soft skills. Five areas to focus on: Computer science (e.g. introduction to computer science); business and management including entrepreneurship (e.g., User innovation: A path to entrepreneurship); Java programming (e.g., introduction to Java programming); data science and analytics (e.g., introduction to Python for data science); and agile software development (e.g., Agile development using Ruby on Rails).

How new CEOs can boost their odds of success

McKinsey.com

A review of the major strategic moves that nearly 600 CEOs made during their first two years in office has revealed the importance of quick action and of adopting an outsider’s perspective.

The morning habits of highly successful people

Forbes.com

The morning rituals of 23 highly effective people from business, tech, publishing and politics, show that their morning routines are varied, underlying the fact that how you start your day is largely a matter of personal choice. Still, exercise (59%) and family time (41%) are popular morning activities.

To grit or not to grit?

WSJ.com

Grit is trendy nowadays, but excessive grittiness can hurt your career. Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at University of Pennsylvania, has found that grit, defined as passion and perseverance toward long-term goals, better predicts success than talent or intelligence. Her 2013 TED talk about building grit has been watched nearly eight million times.

On the other hand, some driven senior managers “are getting burned out over being gritty,” often because they don’t know when to give up, says Richard Chaifetz, head of ComPsych Corp., a major provider of employee-assistance programs. ComPsych has seen an increase in calls from such stressed executives in the past year or so.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: What every business leader should do

CNBC Make It

If you're leading a business, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has some advice: Figure out what will matter in 10 years, and build your strategy around that. Bezos said he focuses on three things for Amazon's retail business: selection, price and speed of delivery. Those three things will always matter to Amazon customers. Bezos added that all people leading businesses should do a similar exercise for themselves. "I would urge all of you in your own businesses to think about that," he said, speaking at the Code conference. "Think about what are the things you know will be true even 10 years from now because if those are stable in time, everything else will change. Your competitive set will change, that technologies that you have available to you will change, but the customer needs — if you find the right ones — will tend to be stable in time and then you can build strategies around them."

Help Wanted: A CIO For All Seasons

WSJ.com

Companies hiring new CIOs need their incoming IT leaders to address an increasingly wide range of technology and business priorities, according to analysis of more than 70 CIO job postings conducted by Deloitte LLP’s U.S. CIO Program. Traditional CIO responsibilities—setting a technology vision, driving digital enablement, and implementing IT governance policies—represent the most frequently occurring priorities across Deloitte’s sample of job descriptions. Business-related initiatives such as implementing programs to support growth and building analytics capabilities follow closely behind.

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

HBR.com

We often take a militaristic, “tough” approach to resilience and grit. We imagine a Marine slogging through the mud, a boxer going one more round, or a football player picking himself up off the turf for one more play. We believe that longer we tough it out, the tougher we are, and therefore the more successful we will be. However, this entire conception is scientifically inaccurate.

The very lack of a recovery period is dramatically holding back our collective ability to be resilient and successful. Research has found that there is a direct correlation between lack of recovery and increased incidence of health and safety problems. And lack of recovery — whether by disrupting sleep with thoughts of work or having continuous cognitive arousal by watching our phones — is costing our companies $62 billion a year (that’s billion, not million) in lost productivity.

If you really want to build resilience, you can start by strategically stopping. Give yourself the resources to be tough by creating internal and external recovery periods.

Develop and own your personal brand

WSJ.com

In recent years, many CIOs have cultivated a personal brand to succinctly articulate what they stand for and help distinguish themselves in the marketplace. Sue Kozik, CIO at Group Health Cooperative, brands herself as a business leader who knows technology—a subtle yet critical distinction when many CIOs are known first and foremost as technology leaders. “Just as a CFO is a business person who specializes in finance, as a CIO, I’m a business person who knows how to leverage technology to increase enterprise value,” she says.

In trying to market themselves, some CIOs have fallen into the trap of developing a personal brand based on what they think companies want in a CIO, rather than on their individual track records. The danger in projecting a brand that’s not entirely true to one’s career is that people may see through it.

10 Ways For New Leaders To Develop Their Leadership Skills

Forbes.com

1. Pursue Feedback

2. Share What You Know With Others

3. Check Your Balance (between the attention of your mind and the affection of your heart)

4. Find A Mentor

5. Observe Others, Read, Get Coaching

6. Establish A Discipline Of Reflection

7. Hit The Books And The Pavement

8. Pursue Training Programs

9. Practice By Volunteering

10. Seek The Newest Ideas

To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle

HBR.com

A leadership circle is a unique engagement of members of the corporate family. It is a thinking-intensive forum created to expand horizons and raise new possibilities. With a universal need for companies to find new ways to either take existing corporate capabilities and move them in new directions or to start developing the capabilities required to keep the company moving forward, forming circles may be the best way to start solving that need.