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9 personal skills you should hone

CIO India staff | Nov. 15, 2012
IT expertise can do only so much. You need to polish your personality to move up the ladder. Start with these.

Manage Your Time

When they said you can't negotiate with death and mothers, they forgot to add the number of hours in a day. But smart time management can increase your efficiency significantly. Start by making making to-do lists, prioritizing work, focusing on one thing at a time, and setting deadlines for yourself. Or you could take a leaf out of Ishita Sen's book. "I believe that you can manage to do a lot of work in a limited time if you organize your day well, sometimes even weeks and months in advance," says the VP and center-head of Reliance Tech Services. Another piece of advice that works for her? "There should not only be provision for a Plan A, but also a Plan B, so I don't get flustered at the last minute."

Mentor

Now, as it has always been, nurturing and mentoring the best IT talent needs to be near the top of CIO skills. Ensuring a constant dialogue with your team makes sure that high performing resources know they are valued. Identifying the best talent should be a constant endeavor, and singling them out to train them for a leadership role is a good retaining strategy. But mentoring the best talent has to be a gradual process, a structured activity. The mentoring activity should start by introducing the person to management roles, inviting them to strategy meetings and allow them to take independent decisions.

 

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