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How to Lead Massive Change: An Interview with Lockheed Martin CIO Sondra Barbour

Next Level Blog

Sondra Barbour is the chief information officer and senior vice president of enterprise business services at Lockheed Martin. She’s a company veteran and change leader who has taken on increasingly responsible positions over the course of her career. I spoke with her recently about what she’s learned along the way. Some of the highlights from our conversation include: Leading Massive. Click headline to continue.

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A gloomy picture of how business perceives CIOs

Crossderry Blog

I followed and commented on this Forrester article re: CIO/business perception , which Dan Muse (@dmuse) of posted on LinkedIn. Filed under: PMO Tagged: business alignment , CIO , CIO career development and career paths , CIO issues. PMO business alignment CIO CIO career development and career paths CIO issues

Why CIOs Make Great Board Directors

Harvard Business Review

According to Korn Ferry unpublished data, there has been a 74% increase in the number of CIOs serving on Fortune 100 boards in the past two years. Only 31% of Fortune 100 boards currently have a director who is a CIO, even though technology is at the core of every business today. As Sheila Jordan, CIO at Symantec and director at FactSet, put it, “All companies are technology companies today. ” How should boards incorporate a CIO director?

Should Your CIO Be Chief Digital Officer?

Harvard Business Review

CIOs who do great things in leading IT soon gain extra responsibilities. By helping business leaders to improve their businesses, the CIO becomes an obvious candidate to fill any open role that involves technology, process, or strong governance. Is your CIO ready for a CIO-Plus role?


IT Cannot Be Only the CIO's Responsibility

Harvard Business Review

Just look at what most do: They appoint a CIO and give him or her a budget and a mandate to get on with it! So what can a CIO be held responsible for? What is clear is that they are not the sole responsibility of the CIO. CIOs Must Lead Outside of IT.

Are We Asking Too Much of Our CIOs?

Harvard Business Review

It is all well and good — and true — to say that the role and mandate of the CIO are expanding. But too many organizations are stretching their Chief Information Officers (CIO) too thin. Today''s CIOs must learn to balance all of these personas.


Today's CIO Needs to Be the Chief Innovation Officer

Harvard Business Review

Enterprise IT as we have known it is rapidly becoming obsolete, and the traditional role of the CIO is increasingly irrelevant. Therefore, the CIO''s role must shift from protecting and defending the status quo to embracing and extending new innovative capabilities.

How CIOs Can Change the Game

Harvard Business Review

The findings are sobering: almost half of CEOs view their CIOs as out of step with the business and about the same percentage think IT should be a commodity service, purchased as needed. It was an enlightening conversation with business strategy guru Gary Hamel , Newport News Shipbuilding''s CIO Leni Kaufman , and Walgreens'' CIO Tim Theriault, with HBR editor Angelia Herrin moderating. My view is that the CIO facing three dilemmas.

The Metamorphosis of the CIO

Harvard Business Review

Tomorrow''s businesses will have a very different make-up, and the CIO must lead the charge in the face of these changes. The Rise of the CIO. CEOs don''t think CIOs understanding the business , and how to apply IT in new ways to benefit the business. CIOs must become aware of the changes in the business world and the enterprise and how these changes are affecting the roles in the C-suite and their own leadership role.

Do You Know How to Get Real Feedback?

ReImagine Work

This post originally ran at CIO Online, Sept. All Posts As Seen On Leadership CIO coaching skills connection listening“Mary, give me some feedback.”. This is from Lydia, my favorite coffee shop manager, who I visit on a daily basis. She asks me this three to five times a week.

CIOs: Scenario Planning Can Save Your Job

Harvard Business Review

It''s the rare CIO who applies scenario planning to the business of IT. As CIOs strive to provide more strategic value, scenarios can offer a tool to help facilitate business transformation. Google''s CIO on How to Make Your IT Department Great.

The CIO Paradox: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership Martha Heller bibliomotion (2013) The CIO “for all seasons” Rather than one paradox, as this book’s title suggests, Martha Heller rigorously and eloquently examines several separate but related paradoxes: Cost versus Innovation, Operations versus Strategy, Futurist versus Archivist, IT and Business Paradox, Accountability versus Ownership, Recruiting, […].

Why Can't a CIO Be More Like a CFO?

Harvard Business Review

But it should be the CIO''s job. It''s time for CIOs to move beyond their roles as chief technology officers, and embrace the name with all of its implications: Chief Information Officer. CIO''s have never broadly achieved their destiny. CIOs Must Lead Outside of IT.


CMOs and CIOs Need to Get Along to Make Big Data Work

Harvard Business Review

Variations of this Big Data story line are being played out in executive offices around the world, with CMOs and CIOs in the thick of it. CIOs, tasked with turning technology into revenue, are themselves pounding the table demanding better requirements for Big Data initiatives. In all this table-pounding is a central truth in today’s Big Data world: both the CMO and CIO are on the hook for turning all that data into above-market growth.


The CIO in Crisis: What You Told Us

Harvard Business Review

Our research, conducted in partnership with Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CEB (formerly the Corporate Executive Board), Intel, and TNS Global, finds that corporate leadership has lost confidence in the CIO as a strategic partner and views IT as a commodity rather than a difference-maker.

Google's CIO on How to Make Your IT Department Great

Harvard Business Review

In that sense, you might think Ben Fried , Google''s CIO, has one of the toughest jobs in existence. On the other hand, few CIOs can boast a company culture as supportive of technology. Tell me about your role at Google, and what your purview as CIO includes.

How CIOs Can Keep In Step With CEOs

Harvard Business Review

New research, conducted with HBR, The Economist , CEB, and TNS Global, reveals that CEOs believe CIOs are not in sync with the new issues CEOs are facing. CEOs also tell us that CIOs do not understand where the business needs to go and how IT should support strategic goals. CIOs need to be aware of these changes in order to keep in step with their business leaders: Goods and services are becoming rapidly commoditized.

3 Ways to Survive Your Current Job, Featured at CIO Online

ReImagine Work

A version of this post ran originally at CIO online, October 14, 2016. The post 3 Ways to Survive Your Current Job, Featured at CIO Online appeared first on Mary Schaefer, empowerment authority, coach & trainer for those in engineering, scientific & IT-related positions.

How CMOs Can Work with CIOs to Gain Customer Insight

Harvard Business Review

In fact, recent research [PDF] conducted by the CMO Council, suggests that this process should start with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO). But given that today's CMO is often the main connection between the consumer and the company, a strong relationship with the CIO can allow her to leverage technology to better understand those customers. When CMOs and CIOs collaborate, the relationship puts the business at a competitive advantage.

Was Steve Jobs a Good Decision Maker?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Tom Davenport for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * The world continues to honor and mourn Steve [.].

3 keys to improve your employee engagement, featured at CIO online

ReImagine Work

A version of this post ran originally at CIO online, August 19, 2016. All Posts As Seen On Manager/ Employee Communication CIO communication connection culture engagementHave you seen headlines like these? “5 ways to boost employee engagement with video.”

CMOs and CIOs Increasingly See Eye to Eye

Harvard Business Review

For the past four years, Accenture has conducted an annual survey of chief marketing officers (CMOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) to understand the state of their collaboration. And 83 percent of CIOs say that they need to align and interact with Marketing. (It This change is mirrored by the 53 percent of CIOs who now put marketing IT at or near the top of their IT priorities  an 8-point jump over just one year earlier.

Compensation and Class Warfare

Lead Change Blog

Career Development Leadership Development AFL-CIO blame CEO class warfare compensation employees employment greed recovery salary self-employment VictimPosted in Career Development Leadership Development I recently interacted with someone on Google+ related to a post showing “average CEO pay in the US” compared to other nations. It stated flatly that the pay was 475 times the pay of the average worker. So I questioned the source.

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The First 90 Days in a New CIO Position

Harvard Business Review

Managing this rapid change and fostering innovation while "keeping the trains running on time" is the primary leadership role required of any CIO, new or old. These are core tenets that all CIOs need to hold close. Google''s CIO on How to Make Your IT Department Great.


The Biotech IT PMO 2.0

Crossderry Blog

As a CIO, you have either made – or heard – recommendations to create an IT project management office. A PMO must… For more, see the full article at CIO Review. Perhaps you have implemented one, and your department is reaping the benefits of project planning, monitoring, and controlling. IT delivers its projects on time, on budget, and to spec. Congratulations! You and your IT PMO have put the foundation of consistent innovation in place.

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Business lessons to be learned from a video game, Angry Birds

First Friday Book Synopsis

Management: Tasks CIO magazine Drucker Exchange (DX) Drucker Institute at Claremont Business University especially of business. Here is another excellent article featured online by the Drucker Exchange (DX) within the Drucker Institute at Claremont Business University. To check out all the Institute’s resources and sign up for a free online newsletter, please click here. * * * Peter Drucker liked to call himself a “social ecologist,” so perhaps he’d have been intrigued [.].

The Essential CIO: Insights from IBM’s Global Chief Information Officer Study (2011)

First Friday Book Synopsis

To find out, IBM interviewed 3,018 CIOs, spanning 71 countries and 18 industries. Public and private sector CIOs described both the challenges and opportunities from increasing complexity. How are technology leaders helping their organizations adapt to the accelerating change and complexity that mark today’s competitive and economic landscape? They shared how they are innovating with [.].

7 Vastly Overrated Business Books

First Friday Book Synopsis

CIO Computer Gaming World Funny Business Gartner Geoffrey James Wired Houston Industries Jack Welch Lucent Men's Health Rackspace SellingPower Suzy Welch The CBS Interactive Business Network the diseased notion of the "heroic CEO" who singlehandedly causes a company to be successful The New York Times Business Wisdom of the Electronic Elite The Tao of Programming there is no panacea for good management Winning

CIO job rotation and commitment to IT value

Crossderry Blog

“Rick&# Roy, CIO at CUNA Mutual Group about his experiences as a line manager and how they’ve transformed his IT leadership approach. Trying to drive that sense of urgency is probably the other big reminder for me as I have come back into the CIO seat. 5 Responses CIO job rotation and commitment to IT value | Business Article Source , on May 22, 2009 at 11:01 am said: [.]


4 Essential Lean & Agile Books

2020 IT Leader

Digitally Confident Agile Business Value CIO Lean Lean IT Learn from those Essential Lean IT & Agile Books A list like this is subjective of course; I found a good criteria though: people I introduced to those Lean IT & Agile books explicitly engage in further conversations or take actions to apply those practices. That’s a good sign it’s worth sharing! 1-A bit […] The post 4 Essential Lean & Agile Books appeared first on 2020 IT Leader.

Three Ways CIOs Can Connect with the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

There is a marked dissonance between CIOs and the C-suite — a fact that we uncovered in new research conducted with HBR, The Economist, CEB, and TNS Global. We have identified the problem , which is that CEOs believe that the CIO does not understand or help with the CEO''s issues and the needs of the business. To put it simply, CIOs are not engaged in the strategic decision-making that goes on at the executive level.

5 Ways to Know When to Let the Tiger Out

Leadership Freak

A CIO with an SP… Continue reading → Marks of leaders Taking others higher Growth Leadership Development organizational success Extraordinary strength in a person with a strong personality (SP) is a potent opportunity for advantage or destruction. Don’t dial back your strong personality. Choose when to let the tiger out.

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Compromise: Informed, Intentional and Productive

Lead Change Blog

Leadership Development beliefs CIO Magazine compromise principles valuesPosted in Leadership Development I didn’t get the memo. Did you? You know, the one that says compromise is negative and should be avoided? Somewhere along the line, compromise (defined by Merriam-Webster as a settlement of differences by consent reached through mutual concessions, one of those “playing well in the sandbox” skills my mom taught me) got confused with [.] Compromise: Informed, Intentional and Productive.

Steve Jobs and Apple: A Rare Life in Rare Photos

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it" Advertising Age BNET's Wired In blogger Erik Sherman New York Times Magazine Chief Executive CIO Insight Facebook Fortune Inc. On his last day as CEO, Steve Jobs announced that “Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it.&# That may be, but with the passing of the torch to former COO Tim Cook, it’s safe to say that an era is over.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 11/26/12)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS The Complete Executive Karen Wright Harder Than I Thought Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, and Shannon O’Donnell HR Strategic Project Management SPOMP Leon M. Hielkema INTERVIEWS Matthew E. May: Second Interview, Part 1, by Bob [.]. Bob's blog entries "Does Management Really Work?" "How

Crossderry Podcast #2 — 16 November 2014

Crossderry Blog

Tweet review: CIOs must influence CEO behavior, storytelling quote, RIP Tom Magliozzi. The links to my Nov 10 tweet on CIO influence, the Disney Institute article on storytelling , and my Nov 14 tweet on Car Talk. The topics are: Best and Worst Project Names Tweet review: CIOs must influence CEO behavior, storytelling quote, RIP Tom Magliozzi Enjoy! Here is the second Crossderry podcast. The topics are: Best and Worst Project Names.

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Cloud Benefits: Ready for Business, part1

2020 IT Leader

Digitally Confident CIO Cloud Technology View PointsCloud Benefits Business and have gone mainstream. Find out what are the key applications, benefits and remaining challenges.


Where Did The Money Go? — Making Project Benefits Happen

Crossderry Blog

In fact, I’d move it to #1 in the list I gave to Michael Krigsman about the threat marketing IT poses to the CIO. OK, you saved your receipts. You may be able to show what you spent it on. But can you really show what you got for it?

How Top Executives Lead


Whether finding innovative solutions or new marketing strategies, CEOs, CIOs and CFOs have departed from “business as usual.” Today’s business environment is more crowded and competitive than ever.

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