If you find it difficult to align your IT staff’s efforts with business goals, or see that IT staff don’t understand the philosophy by which you run your business, interject these questions in your next conversation with them.
You don’t need to talk technology in this exchange, but communicate clearly the goals, objectives and targets you have in mind for your business and why you need the IT team’s cooperation to get there.
Knowing the target is half the battle. Make sure your IT team knows where the company’s bull’s-eye is.
Everyone wants to be part of an initiative that is innovating and expanding. Find out what IT thinks is important to the future of the company and clarify any misunderstandings.
Once you’ve nailed down the growth areas and contributors, make it clear how IT fits in this plan.
How crucial are these challenges? These should be action items that IT staff can walk away with and act upon — this should make their contributions clear and concrete.
How important is it to mitigate these risks? It’s important that everyone in the company helps to build a house of bricks, not sticks. A discussion with IT about vulnerabilities could open your eyes to new threats.
Make sure everyone in your company understands the company’s value proposition and unique differentiators.
Ask this question before making project decisions to avoiding decision-making in a vacuum.
When IT works with business goals in mind, all departments come out on top. Build the bridge between business and IT sooner, rather than later, by starting regular discussions with IT staff.