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Points of Interest: ACM CareerNews: Thursday, February 22, 2007

February 24th, 2007

“Business Acumen: The New Must-Have Skill” Datamation, February 13

business acumen, rather than technological expertise, is the new must-have skill for IT professionals. Simply put, IT specialists who lack a familiarity with business integration have fewer advancement opportunities. Technology professionals who take the initiative to gain a big-picture view of the business have a broader set of employment opportunities. Typically, they are able to work and communicate effectively with colleagues in all departments and have a solid appreciation of how IT initiatives can drive business change. … 41% of CIO respondents said they are putting more emphasis on business fundamentals when evaluating IT candidates … Business savvy makes you eligible for a wider range of opportunities, whether you plan to stay with one company for years or are looking for a new opportunity. Management roles, in particular, require knowledge of business fundamentals, especially a basic knowledge of finance, marketing and management. A business background can also insulate you from changes in the industry, such as outsourcing. This business acumen is also transferable if you ever decide to pursue a path outside of IT. That being said, business savvy does not replace the specialized technical skills businesses need from IT professionals.

“Generation X: Stepping Up to the Leadership Plate” CIO.com, January 31

Currently, Baby Boomers control some of the most powerful leadership positions throughout the United States, but that will change over the next 15 years. … members of Generation X have received very little training, development or mentoring in the workplace, and are better at learning on the fly. … Organizations will need to bridge this generational gap in order to drive business success. For example, they need to emphasize emerging leader training and mentoring programs and encourage members of Generation X to learn more about the leadership skills and industry connections of the Baby Boomer generation.

“More Employers Recruit the Military Work Ethic” USA Today, February 16

In an effort to hire workers with a strong work ethic, leadership skills and diverse backgrounds, employers are increasingly turning their attention to the military. … The perception of military veterans is that they are very conscientious, eager to work, and team players. In addition, they typically have excellent skills and first-rate technical training. … The perception of military veterans is that they are very conscientious, eager to work, and team players. In addition, they typically have excellent skills and first-rate technical training.

“Battle of the Ages” Network World, February 1

As many IT executives either knowingly or unknowingly turn away from older workers in favor of 20-somethings, organizations are being forced to confront a mounting demographic problem. … Instead of hiring purely on the basis of technical skills, for example, they also consider factors such as personality, inter-personal skills and communication ability. .. younger workers can pick up the accumulated business acumen of the older workers.

“How One Bad Apple Can Create a Toxic Team” Management Issues, February 14

Within any organization, the presence of even one person who exhibits negative behavior can affect the rest of the group, pulling down productivity and efficiency. In short, people who do not do their fair share of the work, who are chronically unhappy and emotionally unstable, or who bully or attack others can infect a team and create the environment for organizational dysfunction. … the bad apple problem is prevalent in nearly every business organization in nearly every sector. … The problem, say the researchers, is that most organizations do not have very effective ways to handle the problem, especially when the problem employee has longevity, experience or power. … As a result, trust in the team deteriorates and as the group loses its positive culture, members physically and psychologically disengage themselves from the team.

Original source: http://www.acm.org/careernews/issues/v2_i26.html

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