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Old IT Mindsets Limit Nexus Benefits and Your Career

Published: 22 January 2013

ID: G00246189

Analyst(s): Mike Rollings


The Nexus of Forces has triggered three power shifts that change professional relationships. IT practitioners need to recognize that these changes are under way and develop an effective response. If not, old-school mindsets and disabling behaviors will inhibit their participation in IT's future.

Table Of Contents



  • The Nexus of Forces Affects How You Participate in IT's Future
  • Power Shifts Caused by the Nexus
    • Power Shift No. 1 — Institutional Power Is Shifting to Individuals
    • Power Shift No. 2 — Controlling and Telling Is Displaced by Engagement
    • Power Shift No. 3 — No More IT Decisions; Only Business Decisions Matter
    • Subsequent Changes to the Nature of IT Work
  • What Mindsets and Practices Enable Effective Responses?
    • Valuing People as Individuals
    • Developing a New Form of Professional Effectiveness
    • Respecting and Developing Nontechnical Skills
    • Fostering Engagement and Broad Innovation
  • Recommendations
    • Challenge Your Existing Beliefs and Perceptions
    • Take Action! The Nexus Affects You and Your Career
    • Examine and Develop Your Nontechnical Skills


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