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IT Architects and Group Negotiations

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IT Architects and Group Negotiations

There are many things you need to do to manage groups in complex multi-party discussions. There is a lot to consider. The actual conditions of the meetings such as lighting, noise level, air quality and temperature, where people are placed, group size and seating pattern are all-important. If the meeting is going to last a long time remember that larger rooms give more opportunities for people to spread out and be comfortable. People need to be identified with cards or nametags and will need supplies like pencils and paper. A white board or flipchart are good tools for recording ideas,...

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IT Architects Need Good Habits

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IT Architects Need Good Habits

Top IT architects are products of their habits. Average people think that habits are something they need to break, such as eating too much or smoking. Peak performers know that successful habits are what create their success. Every day the successful IT architect reinforces success habits even such things as exercise, proper diet, being punctual and keeping ahead of their profession. Your coach will help you develop a respect for the power that habits can exhibit. Success coaches know that if you allow your habits to slip, the habit will begin to die off almost immediately. Your coach knows...

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How to Manage Conflict with Difficult People

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How to Manage Conflict with Difficult People

Here are some quick tips that any IT architect can use when dealing with difficult people. The main point to keep in mind is to recognize their behavior and to understand it. Then discover a way to cope with it whether that involves confronting their behavior directly or learning to live it in some way. Remember there may be cultural and ethnic differences at work, which means underlying values may not be compatible. If you decide it is worth trying to change the other person’s behavior during negotiations, you need to find out how much work it will take and whether a positive result...

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Self Awareness and Negotiation

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Self Awareness and Negotiation

One of the soft skills which your IT architecture coach will help you develop is the art of self-awareness. When you are negotiating to influence others your natural instinct is to leap into action because time seems of the essence. In fact, the best thing you can do (which is the most important secret) is to begin by thinking about your own position. Since negotiation is conflict resolution we must remember that sometimes our first reaction can be unhelpful. There’s the instinct to compete, to comment, an urge to lash out in anger or the desire to run away. These immediate reactions...

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Should I Hire an IT Architect Career Coach?

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Should I Hire an IT Architect Career Coach?

There are lots of reasons why a junior or new enterprise architect should hire a mentor/coach. There are a number of skills that can only be really developed under the focused leadership of someone who has “been through the mill”. For instance do you understand the decisions and constraints in the wider scheme of things when you analyze the whole of the solution? This skill includes the ability to look at problems in an abstract way. This is called systems thinking. Few understand the organizational politics of the organization you are working in. Do you currently understand how...

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