Tag Archives: career

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 »

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 »

Twenty Years and Counting

by | August 31, 2012

Today, I celebrate twenty years of service at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. When I joined BCIT on August 31, 1992, I was in my late 20’s. I had been married for 4 years and we had a baby girl who was just over a year old. I started as an Intermediate Systems Analyst… 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 »

Flexible Leadership – Self Knowledge, Guiding Principles and Flexible Approaches

by | October 18, 2011

Leaders, who are self-aware, create personal guiding principles and are flexible in their leadership approaches, will have success navigating any situation.   There are a set of leadership traits, behaviors and styles that support flexible leadership.  Leaders need to develop self-awareness.  Understanding what their strengths and weaknesses are and how they react to different situations is… Read more »

Thinking about Your Career Path

by | June 15, 2011

I have the privilege of leading a great group of IT professionals at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Part of my role is to help my team members think about and plan for their careers. I wrote about an approach using Personal Learning Plans that contributes to my thinking about this topic.  I also… Read more »

Building on “The Right Stuff”

by | May 29, 2010

I just read Chris Lockhart’s interesting post “The Right Stuff“.  In the post Chris wrote about his bias for selecting enterprise architects based on his career experience.  The main topics in the post are: natural selection of IT architects the big picture guy the value of a liberal arts education experiencing the business Chris wrote… Read more »

Enterprise Architects – What attributes do you look for?

by | February 14, 2010

Building on my previous post Starting Your EA Practice – What roles would you pick?, this post looks at attributes of individuals and suggests some that have worked in our strategic practices of which Enterprise Architecture is one. When my colleague and friend, Dave Cresswell and I started working towards building an EA practice, we… Read more »