cio to cio: creating the work culture your team deserves

By niel nickolaisen

As IT leaders, our roles are complicated and challenging. We have to deliver operational excellence while leading our organizations (and not just the IT organization) into a rapidly-changing, complex and highly-ambiguous digital future. No two situations are ever the same.

This environment can be difficult, not knowing where and how to spend our time. But I’ve come to understand that there is one supreme responsibility I have as an IT leader: to build and support a great workplace culture.

As a designer of culture, however the questions of “What kind of culture is the right culture?” and “What are the attributes of a great culture?” may weigh on you. Through experience, I have learned that the answer to these questions is a culture based on trust and ownership. Over the past few years, as I have become better at trust and ownership, I have also done the best leadership work of my entire career and my teams have generated amazing results.

Download the latest Tech Talk to learn more about what a work culture is, and how culture investments can ultimately pay off.


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By niel nickolaisen

As O.C. Tanner's Chief Technology Officer, Niel Nickolaisen has a passion for the development and delivery of innovative technology, providing exceptional customer service, and building great teams. He loves nothing better than seeing his IT teams grow and succeed. At O.C. Tanner, he leads teams focused on developing market-leading products, supporting our global customers, and inventing tools that help our clients gain insight into engaging their employees. He holds a masters degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. and bachelors degree in physics from Utah State University. A frequent contributor to SearchCIO, he enjoys playing basketball, running the trails, and spoiling his grandchildren.