Are your people and culture aligned to your organisational objectives?

04 Oct 2016

By Lou Markstrom

Do your people have the skills to achieve your organisations goals and objectives?  Do your team members have the skills to succeed as a 21st Century IT Professional?

In today’s fast moving and ever changing world of IT, technical skills are just a small fraction of what is needed to succeed.  In recruiting for a new role, a CIO recently shared that for an available position they will receive 49 applications, of those 45 will have the technical skills required but only five will have the core competencies of human interaction skills that are necessary to succeed.

For your organisation or team to be effective, you must develop these Core Requirements.  In his recent book Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will, Geoff Colvin points out that technology roles themselves are dwindling and changing.  As technology continues to improve, the technology itself is taking over more and more of the functions of the technical requirements. 

We are coming to the end of the technical revolution and beginning the "human side” revolution, where the skills that will be increasing in demand and required for your organisations success, are skills of communication, leadership, empathy, influence and relationship building.  With the shortage of these skills isn’t it time you started to develop them in your teams? 

As a valued client of DDLS, if you run a team or organisation of 20 people or more, we would be happy to offer a complimentary IT Culture and Talent Assessment. The assessment will help evaluate and identify talent or cultural gaps, and then assist you with creating strategy on how to address any gaps.


Lou Markstrom is the co-author of Unleashing the Power of IT: Bringing People, Business, and Technology Together, published by Wiley as part of its CIO series.