Spotlights periodically illuminate the current state of IT professionals' low morale and assert that IT is past its prime. Considering job losses, performance pressures, globalization, commoditization and industry-wide standardization, it seems logical to buy into this myopic computation. The statement that IT's golden days are in the rearview mirror is a myth. Certainly the sands have shifted, but more opportunities await computer skills than we can even imagine. IT is still a goldmine, but for some the vein has shifted. Here we look at revitalizing the IT professional's career.
The centrifuge has begun. For the dynamic and competent, the hurdles are falling. Wages are on the rise again (11 percent in Silicon Valley in 2004). Leaders are in demand to install dynamic teams; to lead by example; to remove hurdles that stifle progress; to transform a culture of fear and intimidation to that of creativity and collaboration, from secrecy to problem solving, from closed networks to networking the best skills on the planet.
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