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Niel Nickolaisen

Niel Nickolaisen

Niel Nickolaisen is the CIO and Director of Strategic Planning at Headwaters, Inc. He has held technology executive (CIO) and operations executive (COO) positions; typically in turnaround roles. He holds a MS in Engineering from MIT and a BS in Physics from Utah State University. He writes columns for the CIO Leadership Network and Search CIO. He is also one of the founders of Accelinnova, a think tank focused on improving organizational and IT agility.

He is passionate about process simplification including strategic planning, Sarbanes Oxley, product development, and IT operations. This includes applying lean concepts to all types of business activities including IT.

Information Architecture As the Key To Effective Data Management
By Niel Nickolaisen
When I first started my career in IT leadership, I could not imagine ever needing a terabyte of storage. I figured a terabyte would take care of my organization's storage... Read More»

Procrastination - A Critical Leadership Tool
By Niel Nickolaisen
Some young-punk kid (he is about 35 years old) recently stopped by my office. He wanted to interview me about any great leadership tips I had and was willing to... Read More»

Getting Real
By Niel Nickolaisen
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about reality. I have been thinking that, unless we face reality, we have almost no chance of achieving long-term success. About a month... Read More»

Talk To Me!
By Niel Nickolaisen
Sometimes there is no substitute for personal, face-to-face communications. With e-mail and instant messaging technology, it is pretty easy to limit our personal contact with people. I sometimes find myself... Read More»

Clearing The Distractions
By Niel Nickolaisen
I am not sure about you but it is pretty easy for me to get caught up in being busy without really getting anything done. What I call choosing activity... Read More»

Smoothing Out Distributed Teams
By Niel Nickolaisen
Sometimes I answer a question that ends up getting me in trouble. A recent example of this occurred a couple of years ago. Our CEO and I had just finished... Read More»

Performance Reviews That Matter
By Niel Nickolaisen
My absolute worst performance appraisal experience went like this: My boss's assistant telephoned me to schedule a meeting with my supervisor. I showed up, and my boss and I sat... Read More»

Getting Control of Charge-Backs
By Niel Nickolaisen
I recently participated in a study that assessed how many of us are using some type of IT charge-back program and, if we do have such a thing in place,... Read More»

To Virtualize Or Not To Virtualize, That Is The Question
By Niel Nickolaisen
One on my goal as an IT leader has been to ensure that IT does not get in the way of the business. For that reason, I was an early... Read More»

When Force of Will Is Not Enough
By Niel Nickolaisen
Sometimes there is a really good reason for project success. And, sometimes, that reason has nothing to do with my motivation, determination, or "force of will". I was once asked... Read More»

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