Category Archives: management

Building IT Career Paths by Standardizing Competencies

by | August 14, 2013

This post describes our journey to building standardized IT career paths.  When I joined the American University of Sharjah in September 2012, I booked one to one meetings with all my staff.  One of the predominant themes from our talks was the lack of clarity on what their respective career paths looked like.   In… Read more »

What does Excellent look like? Improving Performance Appraisals

by | August 4, 2013

What does Excellent look like?  I have been doing performance appraisals over the past few weeks for my IT team at  the American University of Sharjah.   In the past, there was no guidance or standards for how to evaluate our team members’ performance consistently.   Previous appraisals were done more to make people feel… Read more »

Leadership Quotes

by | July 7, 2013

Here is a compilation of some quotes on leadership that I like.  It is far from being extensive … enjoy! “Real leaders know the difference between leading and commanding. Leading results in people wanting to follow your commands. Commanding results in people having to follow your leadership. Which of those two are most likely to… Read more »

A Project Portfolio Management Approach

by | June 22, 2013

I introduced an approach to project portfolio managment (PPM) to my IT team at the American University of Sharjah.  After 9 months here, I have a real sense that we were doing too many projects for the resources that we had available.   The result of trying to do too much was that our planning… Read more »

Implementing Organizational Structure and Focus

by | March 23, 2013

When I joined the IT Department at the American University of Sharjah as the Director, I was presented with an organizational structure challenge.  I found out that I had 21 direct reports and that my department did not have a concept of operational management!  I had just come from being the Manager, Business Application Services… Read more »

My First 180 Days as a CIO

by | March 20, 2013

Hard to believe that time has gone so quickly in my CIO role.  On March 17, 2013 I have been the Director of Information Technology at the American University of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates for 180 days. It has been a huge change for me especially after spending 20 years at the British Columbia… Read more »

45 Days into My Adventure

by | November 2, 2012

I have been here for 45 days in my new adventure as the Director of Information Technology at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). I still wake up and wonder where I am some mornings. I am so fortunate to live in a time of the Internet, Facebook and particularly Skype. I seriously underestimated the… Read more »

A Whole New World

by | September 28, 2012

Marhaba!  This is my first post from my new world at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.  I have been here for 10 days and am finally feeling like a human being again.  The +11 hour time difference and jet lag really took a toll on me (aside from jumping right… Read more »

Reflecting on Management

by | September 4, 2012

It has been five years since I moved into management.  I was promoted from being a senior staff member (Enterprise Architect)  to the Manager, Business Application Services and Enterprise Architecture at BCIT.  Over the past few weeks, I met with many colleagues and friends that I work with for a farewell coffee or lunch.  (See my… Read more »

My New Adventure

by | August 2, 2012

My new adventure begins! Last week, I accepted a 2 year contract as the Director of Information Technology at the American University of Sharjah in the Emirate of Sharjah  in the United Arab Emirates.  Sharjah is one of seven emirates that are federated together to form the United Arab Emirates and is adjacent to Dubai. This was… Read more »