April 19, 2013

I highly recommend Charles Araujo’s book, The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. Charlie is the founder and CEO of The IT Transformation Institute and a recognized leader and expert in the areas of IT transformation and IT organizational change.

This book is not about the search for talent. Or is it? Charlie points out and defines four “realities” of The Quantum Age of IT. I am particularly stuck on #4: “Your Technical Skills May Be Your Undoing“.

Charlie states, “The hard truth is that IT teams will have to recognize that technical skills will no longer be their strongest asset.” In Chapter IV: Five Skills You Need to Thrive in the Quantum Age, not one is technical. The one who wins the job demonstrates more than superior technical competencies. They are: 1) Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills; 2) Communication and Marketing; 3) Innovation and Collaboration; 4) IT Financial Management; 5) Leadership.

I find Charlie’s findings fascinating and practical. His assertions are spot on and our clients view it that way. Across the board, the technical aspects of the job are taken for granted (i.e. minimum table stakes to compete for a position). Organizations are desperate in their often frustrating search for individuals with the Quantum IT make-up. The book is a practical guide for the DaVinciTek team. Quantum IT performers are the bedrock of our recruitment processes and strategies. These A Players are the heart and soul of talent-starved clients who also appreciate these guiding principles.

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