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31-Jul-12 My new role at work

In Blog, Management, Personal, Technology on July 31, 2012 at 6:26 am

When I started writing my blog this morning, I was deliberating over the subject I would cover today, but realised that it’s been a number of weeks since my last update on work, so today’s blog contains an insight in to the non-technical elements of what my job role entails (for those who are interested)!

As you know, a few weeks ago, I was promoted to Director of IT services (previously I was Manager of Information Technology).

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On those steps to success. Be careful of your footings!

I guess for some people this would be seen as recognition of my ongoing contribution and value to SThree, but I believe it to be directly attributed to how I have changed my approach over the last couple of years to managing the IT function.

As a Director (senior leader) within any organisation, there is an importance in being forward thinking and driving through changes to support the business ambition, hence a big focus for me has been on aligning my team on our IT ambition to support the business strategy and driving them to achieve individual goals.

This fundamental change in me was inspired by the series of management sessions that I attended at Henley Business School last year with a number of my colleagues (Henley is one of the worlds leading academic institutions training senior management staff all over the world).

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Better than my Secondary school!

These sessions, hosted by industry experts, made me realise how I needed to adapt to exploit what had a made me successful to a certain level and what was needed to take it to another level.

It made me focus on the traditional strengths and weaknesses, but also more importantly on my role as a leader. You forgot how important a role you have in inspiring people to get to their work and personal aspirations!

As a leader, I am very fortunate to have a loyal, dedicated and talented set of individuals working for me. Trust me, this makes my job much easier to do! They all tend to share my vision and passion and if not, we have some creative discussions to come to an agreed conclusion (hopefully)!

I have always said that what moulds individuals is their previous leaders and I’d hope that my style is the reflection of 3 very different managers I have had in my working life.

I won’t go in to the absolute explicit details of each individual (law suit would follow), but Neil Kenney (Operations Manager at Franklin Mint), Dave Timoney (previous IS Director at SThree) and Lance Fisher (existing CIO at SThree) have moulded my particular skills (for good or bad), so a big thank you to all three of them.

In the next week or two, I will update you on some of the exciting service and technical elements that are being delivered in line with the ambition of my role to give you an insight in to the more technical elements of my job.

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