The Importance Of Mastering Foundational Skills and Using Technology To Further Your Passion with Jeff Ton
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Jeff Ton, a sought-after speaker, author and thought leader, having led powerful teams and built successful Information Technology departments for over 30 years. His mission is to change the face of IT. And he says that, “Businesses today are demanding more from their technology and their technology leaders.” As well as being the author of Amplify Your Value (2018) and Amplify Your Job Search (2020), he serves on numerous boards and advisory councils including Forbes Technology Council, Indy CIO Network, and Connected World Magazine Board of Advisors.
Jeff joins the show to discuss the importance of mastering the basic skills that are sometimes forgotten in favour of technical prowess. Jeff also highlights the belief that your passion can benefit your career path if you look for the opportunities to blend the two pursuits.
JeffreySTon.com – Check out Jeff’s website!
Amplify Your Job Search – Check out Jeff’s latest book!
Amplify Your Job Search guides the reader through the job search process through a series of “Amplifiers” (Personal Brand Amplifier, Network Amplifier, Resume Amplifier, for example). Those amplifiers combined with guided personal journaling enable the reader to identify the characteristics of their dream job, how to build a powerful network, how to use that network to get warm introductions into their dream organization, and, how to prepare for and rock the interview.
Searching for your next job can be difficult for even the most accomplished professional. When it comes to finding your dream job, old strategies, and tactics no longer work. Whether you’re currently in transition and seeking employment or you are currently working and have decided it is time for a new challenge, this book delves into the strategies of success for landing your most sought-after role.
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As a new CIO, Jeff was called upon to “burn some political capital” and tell his new executive board that a product was nowhere near ready, and that more time was needed in order to fulfil the promises made by his predecessor. This highlighted the importance of investigation and assessment when it comes to setting deadlines.
Upon recognizing that data does not always provide a clear narrative for executives, Jeff spent time re-formatting information into the form of a strategic story. This was a huge success, and led to a complete rethinking of how to communicate IT messaging ever since.
This is the most exciting period that IT has ever been through. It is a time of incredible innovation, being more in the forefront of business than ever before. More technologies, once merely a pipe dream, are making their way to market. The pace of change is accelerating. To be in the vanguard of innovation is truly exciting.
What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?
If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?
What career objectives are you currently focusing on?
What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?
What do you do to keep your own career energized?
What do you do in your spare time away from technology?