8 tips for building tech leadership skills


Many tech experts want to rise up the corporate ladder, but lack the communication and business skills needed. Here’s how to gain the tools that will help you advance your career.

1. Make the choice:
If you want to be a leader, make a conscious decision to do so: Be proactive and take the initiative instead just falling into the position.

2. Observe your leaders:
Your leaders got where they are for a reason. Study their strong characteristics and learn how they got there, then try to incorporate that into your work style.

3. Talk to your manager:
The best way to make sure you’re on the right path is by talking to your manager. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and make your aspirations known.

4. Join a professional organization to observe and connect with leaders in your field:
Once again, look to the role models you want to emulate. Connect with them and use that network to your advantage. Who you know is important.

5. Seek feedback from your managers and peers:
You need to know your strengths and challenges. Get a balanced view of both in order to learn where you need to focus on improvement and what skills you can use to your advantage.

6. Avoid the “delegation trap”:
You don’t need to do everything yourself. The more responsibility you get, the more you will need to delegate to others. Don’t feel pressure to do all the work when you may be better off it assigning to others.

7. Don’t define yourself as “apolitical” in the workplace:
You need to be able to influence people; don’t always stand on neutral ground – take a position and be sure to fully understand the situation.

8. Don’t expect any leadership program to be a cure-all:
Leadership programs are intended to give you guidance and a framework for skill building – but they can’t do all the work. Remember that your workplace is also a learning environment as well.

This content is based on an article from Tech Republic – read the full piece here.

2017 Top Tech Exec Awards Recap

The 2017 10th Anniversary Top Tech Exec Awards were out of this world! We enjoyed record-breaking attendance at Petco Park and an endless supply of entertainment and fun surprises, all of which made for a very special night honoring San Diego’s IT leaders. Here are a few event highlights:

The Swag:
Attendees were given event info and a stylish pair of sunglasses as they walked in. Sponsor tables all around the event had more fun giveaways and freebies. Oh – and did we mention the complimentary drinks and delicious food options?

The VIP Scene:
VIP’s were invited to a special reception featuring special announcements and live music prior to the event.

The Hosts:
Former Chargers player and media personality Nick Hardwick and CBS8 Anchor Heather Myers Emceed the event.

The Special Features:
Where do we even start? Superheros, ping pong in the outfield, a jaw dropping entrance during the National Anthem by Patriot Parachute Team, the swanky Cox Lounge, Shoeshine Tavern and a beautiful fireworks display just to name a few!

The IT Heroes!

  • Dr. Christopher Longhurst of UC Health was Top Tech Honoree in the Education Category
  • Matthew Brown of San Diego County Water Authority was the Government Category Top Tech Honoree
  • Peter Battistel of 211 San Diego was Small Nonprofit Honoree for the Top Tech Awards
  • Large nonprofit honoree award went to John Hall of Gemological Institute of America
  • Cox Business Exemplary Award for Top Tech presented to Laura Spencer of Lakeside Union School District
  • Top Tech Private Micro Honoree was David Gray of DMV.org
  • Top Tech Private Small Company Honoree was Brian Casazza of Vistage International
  • Private Medium Top Tech Honoree was Bob Millington of CUSO financial
  • Private Large Top Tech Honoree was Tim Bochard of Glacier Water!
  • Extra Large Top Tech Exec Honoree was Bill Zondler of Millennium Health 
  • Small Public Top Tech Exec Honoree was Joseph Talarek of Turtle Beach, Inc. 
  • Public Large Honoree at Top Tech Exec went to Julie Hubbard of AMN Healthcare
  • Previous Lifetime Achievement Honorees was inducted into the Top Tech Hall of FAME!
  • Douglas Palmer of KnuEdge, Inc. was awarded 2017 Top Tech Exec Lifetime Achievement Honor

The After Party:
Bub’s at the Ballpark hosted a special extended happy hour following the ceremony – the perfect nightcap to a great evening!

Once again , we’d like to give a big thank-you to everyone who attended. Congratulations to all of our nominees, honorees, and award winners and another HUGE thank you to all of the sponsors who made this event possible. We can’t wait to do it again next year!

Want to see pictures from the event? Check out out 2017 Photo Gallery.

2017 Top Tech Awards Featured on CBS 8!

Our event last Thursday was a HUGE success and even made the news on CBS 8! Here’s what they had to report:

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) — The city of San Diego’s top technology innovators were honored at Petco Park Thursday night.

It’s all part of the Top Tech Exec Awards ten year anniversary event.

The ceremony honors outstanding information technology executives who work in the San Diego business community.

They are nominated by their peers and clients and then chosen by a panel of judges.

“The it leaders in San Diego businesses are really the unsung heroes of the San Diego business community and 10 years ago we came up with the idea of starting a recognition event just for them,” said

CBS News 8’s Heather Myers emceed the event along with former Charger Nick Hardwick.

One of the engineers at KFMB – Chris Aamodt – was among this year’s nominees.