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Straight Talk: Budgets Aren’t the Problem, but Leadership is a Solution

by Anthony Robbins on ‎06-27-2013 08:00 AM - last edited on ‎03-10-2014 03:21 PM by (3,709 Views)

It’s an all-too-common refrain in the Federal government:  “Budgets are the problem.”

There’s no doubt that budgets are a problem.  But they aren’t the only problem.  And I can prove it.

Brocade worked with Computerworld to survey Federal IT leaders about what was holding them back from innovation.  One of the most striking findings was that people-related issues held agencies back from innovation with the exact same frequency as hard-ceiling “budget constraints.”

So what are the biggest barriers to upgrading your agency’s networking infrastructure? 

Budget constraints = 74 percent                   


People-related issues = 74 percent  

  • Staffing constraints - 27 percent
  • Resistance to change - 24 percent
  • Insufficient IT skills - 23 percent

So clearly, budgets aren’t THE ONLY problem.  And the question then becomes: how do we fix it?  The short answer is:  Leadership.


The shock to the status quo is here and now.  Breaking free of the old ways, driving change aggressively, accepting and managing risks – those are leadership tasks.  So are reallocating staff, breaking resistance down, and ensuring an adequate staff development program.  And without that kind of leadership, even the best people will be unwilling to take a stand or press the need for doing things differently.  


Strong leaders – be they agency heads or a leader within a data center operation – are the only way to affect true change within an agency’s IT department.


Are you that leader?  Can you prove it?


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