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Do Your Team Members Compliment You as a Leader? | Tools to Define Your Team’s Unique Strengths and Weaknesses

How do you ensure exponential growth of your team? Leaders can’t blindly look for the talent to take their organization to the next level.

I have been using a number of tools within my company to ensure the proper distribution of talent within my organization. Watch the video to learn about some of my favorite tools that can make your teams more effective.

Team Building Tools

I have a big vision at RedZone to secure the lives of a billion people around the world, and that has to be done with team development. I’m involved in an entrepreneurial group that essentially coaches us on how to build self-managed companies, and a culture of self-management within the organization. This group has been teaching these skills for 35 years, and I listen closely because this is not about a natural skillset.

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Is Your Data Sitting On A Strong Foundation, Or a Flimsy Frame?

At a recent CIO Innovation Insider event roundtable, I asked about BI and Data Analytics Integration.

This is a timely discussion about a prominent topic within the community. From an innovation point of view, I want to start getting some clarity on what BI means, what data analytics means. I want to get some clarity on how you integrate data sources and bring them into a consistent platform to get meaningful information from, and how you get started.

The reason I’m saying that is because people are throwing out buzzwords of machine learning and AI, yet their backend is really kind of a mess. We’re putting fanciness on top of a weak structure, a foundation that’s not quite there.

Using a Bottom-Up-Approach to Develop Data Clarity
To launch the conversation, knowing that at least one CIO attending comes from a background entrenched in this, and who has recently jumped into a new industry. He and I met recently he told me about how he has gotten some really quick wins using a bottom-up approach – I thought this was really practical.

I would like to share with you some of this innovative CIO’s challenges and successes.

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Respect the Eyes of Decision Makers!| How to Distill Complexity Into Eye-Pleasing Visuals

If you can’t make sense out of the data or if you are confusing when you present data then all this powerful information loses its value.

If you think about how we handle data consumption best, what comes to mind? The eyes.

When it comes to data and IT Security-related material, visuals are the easiest way to convey it. Watch the video where I share a resource for the best visualization guy out there!

There is this interesting skill between the hard execution of the tools and the people, and having Google closing gaps. We’re closing gaps in the CFO conversation in EBITDA. We’re closing gaps here because we’ve got to make sense of the data.

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Creative Innovation Labs | Potential Testing Small-Scale Projects On Small-Scale Budgets

Building An IoT Project | Using Alexa Skills

At our CIO Innovation Insider events this year, Innovation labs have been a hot topic of conversation.

Whether it’s simply having a slush fund to draw from, or having full-on innovation facilities, bringing new ideas into an organization and experimenting with new technologies is the best way to keep a business at the forefront of offensive innovation. I wanted to show that innovation labs don’t have to be expensive, and that it’s possible to take an idea from start to fruition quickly, without much cost.

I sat down with my application developer, and tasked him with exploring Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, and to build a custom application using the Alexa Skills kit on Amazon’s developer portal. The goal of the project was to explore the possibilities of natural language interfaces and to see what other resources we could integrate with Alexa in order show others that innovation is possible quickly, on a small scale.

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Measure Twice, Cut Once: How a VISO Helps Make Your IT Spending More Effective

A Virtual Information Security Officer (VISO) can help make your IT dollars more effective.Typically, we’re starting with the Scoreboard because we want to measure twice and only cut once. It’s important to ask these key questions:

  • What do you have?
  • Is it working?
  • Can we use it?
  • Does it make sense?

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