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IT Leadership And Career Training At Interop

Advance your career, inspire your team, and learn how to bring innovation and creativity to IT with Interop's Leadership Track.

IT pros tend to focus on technology, but people skills are essential for managers, leaders, and those who want to take their careers to the next level.

Interop Las Vegas’s Leadership track brings together experts in management, talent development, creativity, and more to help today’s executives hone their skills and train the next generation of leaders. The following are highlights from the track.

IT Leadership Summit

This full-day workshop focuses on identifying and developing high-potential talent. It will share research-based and practical ideas to develop talent, and explore how concepts such as self-awareness and learning agility contribute to leadership effectiveness.

It will also delve into the latest research in neuroscience to help team leaders create trust, align team goals, manage conflict and stress, and accelerate learning.

Creative Leadership

Innovation and creativity are often regarded as ephemeral and unpredictable qualities. This workshop  provides a practical framework of shareable and repeatable techniques that teach leaders and teams to challenge norms and generate ideas that can lead to new opportunities.

This high-energy experience, taught by top-ranked instructor Rob Cordova, is not to be missed for IT professionals who want to accelerate their own and their organizations’ creative potential.

Consider this feedback from the Creative Leadership workshop taught at UBM Tech's 2014 HDI Conference:
* It was the best offering that I attended throughout the whole conference. I got my conference fee value out of this single course.
* Rob was an excellent speaker, and I walked away with several useful tools to enhance my leadership skills as well as share with the leaders on my team.

Going Big With Small Teams

IT departments are used to running lean, and this is particularly true in small and medium-size businesses. But tight budgets and a limited staff doesn’t preclude innovation and creativity. This session shares practical ideas for cultivating a culture of performance, collaboration that gets big results for IT departments of all sizes.

Salary And Promotion Negotiation For IT

Tech professionals tend to be passionate about their work and about technology in general. But passion shouldn’t be construed with a willingness to work for free. Fair compensation is essential to job satisfaction and career advancement. This session delves into the soft skills that are necessary to assess your own market value, negotiate raises and promotions, and map out a career path—including how to recognize when retraining or a job change may be in order.

The New IT: How Ready Are You?

Digital technology is essential to business, but IT risks being marginalized as new services and devices put more power directly in the hands of users. Author Jill Dyche, VP of Best Practices at SAS, will guide you through the three key self-assessment tests that will help you determine if you're ready to lead your IT organization into the future. You'll learn from real-world examples of those who are getting it right and those who aren't.

The session will explore which of your business colleagues are key to your career success, how to align with key players across the organization to meet business goals, and what new structures IT needs to create business value.

Unleasing The Hidden Value Of IT

The value and potential of IT in an organization is often misunderstood, and the role can be thankless: IT is blamed for problems, but rarely gets credit for value delivered. What if we were to build a broader role for IT, where it is not only a commodity-based service, but also a vehicle for leveraging partners, finding new connections, and developing initiatives for the enterprise?

Join Terry Bradwell III, executive VP and CIO at AARP, to learn how to look at IT's role in a more creative and entrepreneurial light to facilitate the growth of the organization and the individual IT employee. He’ll share real-life examples of how realize those possibilities.

Interop Las Vegas is April 27 through May 1. Register now to learn the latest technology developments, accelerate your career, and network with your peers in the IT community.

Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop. View Full Bio

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