Applied Skills and Secrets for Effective IS Decision Making

What makes an organization successful is not only by how physical assets are being utilized, how big it generates profit every year or by how numerous their branches are. Human resources, I greatly agree, are the most valuable asset in any organization. They serve as the heart that pumps blood throughout the body and like the human organ, it gives life and meaning to the organization’s existence. These people (employees) , if guided properly by the right leaders (managers/supervisors), can greatly contribute to the organization’s success with proper motivation and incentives. Massive technical background about the subject matter is not a guarantee of generating an effective Information Systems decision.

However, I do believe that all organizations need to hire managers who hold extraordinary skills to improve performance of the employees and fill in the missing portions. Nevertheless, the skills that I’ve been emphasizing is the management and leadership skills that a manager should possess. It is one of the most important and the most difficult one because it takes a huge dipper of courage and a bottomless pail of patience needed to deal with different kinds of people at the same time.

Consequently, constant innovation is a prerequisite of success. An organization must also be sensitive and adaptive to the demands of the market so it can compete internationally and it can only be done by way of constantly innovating products and services provided to the customers.

In facing hard decisions, a manager must have that innate ability to decide what’s right and for the good of the organization as a whole. That’s why it’s best to have a manager that possesses critical thinking skills. It is when managers be able to properly address the existing problem calmly. Moreover, in my own opinion, good communication skills must be the number one qualification before becoming a manager. I’m not only referring to how well they speak the English language but it’s how they convey the message clearly to their subordinates or to those of higher ranks. He engaged in listening, how to manage stress in the moment, has the capacity to recognize and understand emotions of other people and those they’re communicating with.

I guess we don’t need highly technical people to do the job.  A skillful one will do but must be equipped with certain knowledge and competencies that’s qualified enough to make scholarly decisions.

Behind every successful organization, stands  hardworking employees that are being led by mostly competitive and skillful leaders. Success doesn’t happen overnight but it’s a result of continuous innovation and by the constant collaboration between managers and employees.


Information Technology: Can anyone live without IT?



I wonder what the world looks like without computers, machines, gadgets and other electronic devices. I can’t imagine how people back then manage to survive an era of black and white, plain and boring moments of the night where all you can hear is the sound of crickets singing in chorus and where every job is done manually and requires great effort. Life has been a lot easier with the advent of technology. They said that love makes the world go round but now I should say that IT makes the world go round and a better place to live in.

IT has been a part of our daily routine. When I wake up every morning, I am already enjoying the product of technology. I used to grab my cellular phone, turn on the internet, start to surf whatever stuff that appears in it and plug in my earphones so I could start my day right. It’s like I have been attached to it and there’s no minute or hour that you can separate me from this gadget. During the time when cellular phones are not yet a trend, it’s hard to be flexible with your time. Meeting friends or colleagues should be personally set beforehand because there are no other easy means of wireless communication back then except of course you have a pager. Perks of being attached to this kind of  technology is that it makes you feel that you own the world because everything is now within your reach. Do you have that one question that boggles your mind? Well, Google or Yahoo! could answer that for you. You don’t need to go and look for libraries to check that info but instead information comes to you, in just a second you will find what you’re looking for.

On the other hand, many organizations at present shift from old operation system to new ones. They need also to be advanced and can adapt to the growing needs of the market so that they could not be left behind by other competitors. Before in my workplace, data and information are kept manually, printed in a sheet of paper resulting to a mountainous pile stored in the office. In every transaction, employees would make an extra effort to go over that file again. But at present, information technology greatly helps these kind of institutions to record, save and store data and information safely.

It now makes me conclude that the world without IT is like a coffee without sugar, a bread without peanut butter and a body without soul. You can survive without it but you can never be satisfied at all. It seems like years and years of continuous competition among biggest brands has led to a grand innovation of several technologies which results to an increased demand of the people. Yes! It made our lives easier and everything can be done in just a one click of a mouse and in just a snap of a finger. We can’t predict what the future may bring or what new technology will make us awe but one thing’s for sure, let’s all put to good use everything that has been blessed us with!