IT Leaders Can Learn to be Game Changers

The Feld Group Institute (TFGI) is a leadership development organization with one mission: To help complex, enterprise-scale, legacy corporations achieve IT-enabled business transformation. The Institute provides training, mentoring and comprehensive support from a network of experienced IT operating leaders and management strategists. Together, we serve executives with a special focus on current and next-generation IT leaders and their technology teams. We pass down and share our first-hand knowledge of how these transformations should be planned, led and executed.

Start Working With Those Who Share Your Beliefs

In his very popular Ted Talk, How Great Leaders Inspire Action, Simon Sinek says, “The goal is not to do business with everybody that needs what you have. The goal is to do business with everybody who believes what you believe.” We know that almost any large business with a history and a build-up of legacy systems and processes needs the knowledge and the framework we have. However, our focus is on finding, and working closely with, those leaders and companies who share our belief that the great leadership needed for IT-enabled business transformations can be taught and learned.

Great Leaders are Game Changers and Vice Versa

In our recent blog post, The 30 Game Changers in Your Organization, Charlie defined what we call Game Changers as “…leaders that are willing, and in a position, to help you not just play the game better but to help drive change…those few game changers really own, lead, drive and influence others.” We are teaching IT leaders that they should be Game Changers, and we’re teaching them how to do it. We are teaching them What Great Leaders Do Great – setting the agenda, building a great team and delivering with consistency.

Building the Next Generation of Great Leaders

The Feld Group Institute has created a unique program for the development of next-generation IT leaders. Our Technology Leadership Development (TLD) program starts with a class that’s designed for enterprise-scale CIOs/CTOs and their direct reports. It’s a very thorough 2-week class, with the curriculum drawing heavily upon The Feld Group Institute’s leadership insights, operational experience and time-tested strategic framework for enterprise success. Completion of the program is then followed by an ongoing relationship with The Feld Group Institute and the community of peers from other companies that have also completed the program.

About TFGI’s Technology Leadership Development Program

We started offering the program in 2016, and as of this post in November 2018, we are completing our 7th cohort. We’re proud to have included CIOs, CTOs, VPs and Directors of IT. We’ve even included some business partners from great companies such as FedEx, Southwest Airlines, Bank of Montreal, Rent-A-Center, Vistra Energy, Baxter International, Volkswagen, York Risk Services, Vanguard, Fossil, Cummins, Schneider Electric and others. So far, we have over 100 graduates who are applying what they’ve learned in the program at their companies, and these folks are now part of our community of peers that share knowledge, challenges, successes and new discoveries.

We’re Here for the Leaders so They Can Be Here for Their Business

From it all, we’re incredibly proud of the impact we’ve had on these graduates. Here’s a small sampling of what these leaders have learned in, or taken away from, the TLD program.

  • “A logical approach in developing the multi-year plan and the architecture for an ever- growing and changing environment.”
  • “A fabulous synthesis of years of experience condensed into a two-week program.”
  • “A dynamic framework built to support a dialog between IT and our business partners.”
  • “Understanding your history, helps you paint the picture for how you got where you are and define where you are going.”
  • “We need to make the time to Zoom Out (think bigger picture).”
  • “It is my right and duty to drive innovation.”
  • “We must shape the agenda before it shapes us.”
  • “I really liked hearing about other companies and the issues they face.”
  • “An excellent network of experienced and curious professional technology executives.”

If you’re a business or IT leader who wants to make a big impact on your company in this modern, digital era, please join The Feld Group Institute in this journey by participating in our Technology Leadership Development program.

Author: Jon Feld, COO, Principal
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