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Think Twice, Before Re-Inventing The Tech Wheel

Here is a scenario familiar to many us, from engineer to CTO. A shiny new and exciting concept has emerged. Might be a new idea for your startup, an internal application for your company or a new customer offer. What’s the first thought that whizzes across your mind … well, it used to whizz across […]

Diary of an Accidental CTO: Leadership Mistakes

Mostafa Khattab is CTO at Wakecap Technologies in Dubai. He is sharing with us some of his journey of what we describe as “An Accidental CTO” … aka someone who arrived in the CTO role ahead of schedule and has been grappling with various new challenges and a very steep learning curve. You can catch up with […]

Nurture Your Future Leaders, Ahead Of Schedule

Identifying and nurturing the future leaders in your organisation should be close to the top of your strategic “to do” list as a successful technology leader.

How to build trust with an inherited team

Moving into a new company or new role with an established team can be a challenge. Amplify that challenge if you're taking over from a popular predecessor.

What is a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of a Company?

In a general sense, a chief technology officer is a technical leadership role involving many variables: business goals, corporate strategy, team management, technical vision, enterprise systems, and related tasks. But what is a CTO in a nutshell? What is the key responsibility? Without a doubt, a primary responsibility is delivering a technical strategy that is […]

Confidence in Leadership : What is it good for?

Confidence is a complex leadership issue. How do you build it in yourself and your team? How do you spot the competent from the BS?

How we manage the CEO: CTO Dynamic

Inspiration for this article arrived via feedback from one of our CTO mentees, who is grappling with the CEO relationship and what he described as a ‘volcanic chief executive’. Most Sunday nights he receives an email from the CEO delivering a barrage of expletive-led criticisms of the senior management team. An extract below [expletives removed […]

9 Reasons Why Great Engineers, Can Become Terrible CTOs

These are some of the reasons why some very talented developers, don't always make good CTOs and the skill set they need to acquire to bridge the gap

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