Are all CIOs leaders or followers? Does it matter where the CIO sits in an organisation to be a leader within that organisation? Can you learn to be a CIO Leader? These are questions that I have heard for a long time in my career. As a seasoned CIO I ask myself them constantly – am I a leader or a follower? The answer is not easy as it depends on your personal journey through the professional career you have chosen and within the context of the organisations you have worked for. In some organisations I was a leader, in others I was a followers while in others I was both – schizophrenic or what!
I found this note in my Evernote after attending the MIT-CIO event. For IT professionals I recommend attending this event alternate years (not much changes year to year I think) if not for anything...
There are a ton of business books published every year that describe how to lead, how to develop strategy, how to build companies that last, some that are good, some that are great and...
#ChangeAgents are leaders who “illuminate the way” and manage friction of stepping outside the status quo. Anyone can be a change agent, you do not have to wait to receive formal authority to do so. We need more people willing to step outside of expectations because our world is changing rapidly, in several cases exponentially, and if all we do is meet expectations and the status quo — we will fall behind as organizations, as teams, and as societies.
If I could make one prediction for 2016, and one prediction only, it would be that networks of GSD’ers, a.k.a. positive “change agents”, will be ever-increasingly important. Networked GSD’ers will need to include human and technology nodes, to include smart algorithms and other automated approaches to help augment human abilities.
As 2015 winds down and 2016 nears
am thankful for friends and work done this year
Thankful for those who share different views online
our rapidly changing world requires discourse that’s kind
Thankful for opportunities to make a positive impact
thankful for diverse insights and folks willing to act
Thankful most of all for positive change agents “getting stuff done”
overcoming obstacles with energy and making work fun