• Adam Walter

Nerds of IT

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Why are there so many nerds in IT, and why are they drawn to the IT profession?

First, you might be wondering what a nerd truly is. Generally, a geek is somebody who likes to think about a topic and a nerd is someone who likes to create and participate in that topic. So, the nerds of the IT world are people that really like to deep dive and figure out how to solve problems.

There is something about the topics that a lot of IT people care about and have in common. If you have a conversation with an IT professional, you will realize very quickly that there are things that they really dig into. With all the resources out there, there are unlimited ways that you can really dig deep into the topics that you love.

Nerds don’t need instruction manuals. They like to figure things out, see how things work and solve unanswered problems.

This is where the nerd mentality comes into play in IT.

Modern-day IT professionals are very inquisitive and like to figure things out. Generally, curiosity is the main factor driving people into the IT field and the desire to look in and see if there is a better way of doing something. If you have the tenacity and are curious enough to figure stuff out and learn on your own, then you would probably be great at IT.

You might be asking yourself, “how do I take advantage of my IT professionals passion for deep diving and solving problems?”

If you’re sitting in your company and wanting to try something new or different, go find the nerd in your IT department. Tell them what you’re looking to accomplish and let them try and solve a problem by using out-of-the-box thinking and bringing a new perspective.

One thing to note about IT professionals is their love of distracting, blinky lights. If you work in IT, you know what I mean.

That is where the business professional comes in. An IT professional will create a crazy, out there idea and a business professional will make sure that idea is reliable and sustainable. Business professionals will ask the much-needed questions like, “can you really run a business on that?”

Basically, business professionals and IT professionals can work together to develop a more reliable solution overall. Utilize your IT professionals! Include them in the conversation! Embrace them so they can empower your business!

Find the value of the nerds and incorporate them into your business. Let them shine so they can find outside ideas that may take your business to the next level.

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