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Communication Skills

Posted by on Oct 19, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Communication Skills

The IT architect is a communication hub between company management, end users, systems developers and other stakeholders. If an architect fails to communicate clearly, it can mean a conceptual breakdown further down the line if talking to developers, elevated costs and animosity if dealing with project managers or even project cancellation when talking to upper management. As a senior technical person you already know how to problem solve and translate ideas into working systems and code. Because you are an Architect working with teams, you now have to solve a few more problems which have...

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Conflict Resolution for IT Architects

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Conflict Resolution for IT Architects

Conflict has become such a part of our daily routine as an IT architect, that we barely notice it. In the majority of cases we can have conflicts of interest with dozens sometimes hundreds of people during a normal working day. In fact a lot of our social behavior involves dealing with conflict unconsciously. When the stakes are high or the problem is more puzzling or arousing than usual, we then become aware of a conflict and struggle consciously with how to handle it. Usually at these times you are quite happy to being coached to learn and apply conflict management techniques, because it...

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How IT Architecture Coaching Improves Performance

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How IT Architecture Coaching Improves Performance

In order to assist IT architects to reach greater heights of performance, the coach must expand the architect’s ability to take effective action. This is not something you can simply tell someone to do. It’s an ongoing process that encourages the IT architect to dig deeper to create solutions that will bring enhanced results. It’s a form of accountability that builds a proactive outlook to the issues of management and leadership. Coaching is the foundation to deepening awareness of the architect’s individual talents and strengths. Enterprise architect coaching goes...

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Is Coaching For You?

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Is Coaching For You?

Is IT Architect coaching for you? A good question so let’s discover the secret behind successful people. We all know the use of coaching by athletes, but did you know that people like Bill Gates, Paul Newman, Oprah Winfrey, and even Eleanor Roosevelt had coaches or mentors to guide them. If you ask those people what difference a coach made to their personal and professional lives, I suspect that the answer would be they could not have achieved the success they enjoyed without their coach. Career coaches do a number of things. For instance they will help IT architects set more useful...

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IT Architects and Conflict Resolution

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IT Architects and Conflict Resolution

There are five generally recognized negotiating situations, of which competition and collaboration are two. As an IT architect you will need to learn how to use each one so that you don’t limit possible outcomes needlessly by competing when it is not appropriate. This is possibly the most common and most costly negotiating error, and if you get the right coach you will discover the importance of selecting the right approach before you start. Remember not to let other people who think they are great negotiators suck you into a competitive situation when it’s not called for. One...

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