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, […].

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Experiment-Learn-Apply-Iterate: My Life Motto

Mills Scofield

CEO CIO CXO Talk Control Culture Innovation Leadership Strategy Thank you Vala Afshar & Mike Krigsman for all you do for so many! Including taking the time to do CXO Talk , the Huffington Post blogs and now this great slideshare !!! I am so thankful for you!!

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7 Ways to Remain Relevant & Deliver Value

Mills Scofield

CIOs CXO Talk Culture Enterasys Extreme Networks Innovation Leadership Networking Strategy Vala Afshar Value So many incredible thanks to Vala Afshar for a great Huffington Post piece about my guest appearance last Friday, November 8th , for CXO Talk ! As usual, it''s so much fun to ''hang'' with Vala and Mike mixing profound insights with laughter. Here''s Vala''s view of our episode.

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

First Friday Book Synopsis

Fighting the Fears that Block Creativity” “Leadership and the art of plate spinning” “Surviving Disruption” “What’s your training schedule?” Kurtzig Shannon O’Donnell strategy+business magazine Talent Management magazine The Complete Executive The McKinsey Quarterly Tom Kelley and David Kelley Unlikely Leadership of Abraham Lincoln" Your Most Pressing Management Concerns: What You’ve Told Us

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 9/30/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes G. Shawn Hunter The Wisdom of Titans: Secrets of Success from Entrepreneurs Who Rose to the Top William Ferguson The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership […].

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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. Some CIOs become CIO-Plus-COO or CIO-Plus-Head of Shared Services. Others gain new responsibilities in strategy, M&A integration, or innovation. Is CDO the next step for the aspiring CIO-Plus?

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CIOs Must Lead Outside of IT

Harvard Business Review

The CIO paradox is a set of contradictions that lies at the heart of IT leadership. Stay secure and boost innovation. Many CIOs have buckled under the CIO paradox, while others have managed to be effective despite it. In working with these successful CIOs over the years, I have found that they all share a common set of practices, philosophies and approaches. The CIO In Crisis: What You Told Us. The Metamorphosis of the CIO.

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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. CIOs are being tasked with managing internal business systems, cloud-based services, big data innovation, data security, and the 24x7 needs of global customers who access company data on personal devices. Today''s CIOs must learn to balance all of these personas.

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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.

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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. As I approach my own new role as CIO at Harvard Business School, I''m focused on promoting a culture that provides the highest levels of service quality while enabling true agility and innovation. These are core tenets that all CIOs need to hold close. Generate Room for Innovation.

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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. Clearly the roles of CIO and the IT organization need reinvention — and that''s the conversation we''ve been having over the last few months in webinars and posts.

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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.

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Modern Servant Leader

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Welcome to Business 2.0 as Powered by New IT

N2Growth Blog

CIOs become Aggregators of Business Capabilities : What does the CIO do, when there’s no Big IT to manage? senior leadership team–charged with identifying and aggregating the technological capabilities available in the marketplace for delivery into the enterprise. Communication Innovation Management Strategy Technology Inc Business 2.0 represents a new way of thinking and doing for early 21 st Century companies.

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How to Transform Your Company into a Digital Leader

Skip Prichard

Digital Leadership. Leadership Tip: make change a core competence. Curating an ecosystem (including customers, peers, venture capitalists, executive recruiters, and strategic vendor partners) to be source of insight and inspiration is the fastest path to broader innovation.

LeadershipNow 140: June 2012 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from June 2012 that you might have missed: Engines of Innovation by @wallybock. Leadership and Followership. 8 Most Dangerous Leadership Traits by @RonEdmondson. Faith, Hope and Charity in Leadership by @mjasmus. Leadership's Most Perplexing People Decision. Henley Centre's Patricia Bossons describes evolution of good leadership. Leadership Caffeine: Coping with a Personal Leadership Confidence Deficit by @ArtPetty.

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IT Governance is Killing Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Most CIOs will tell you that they have no shortage of ideas to invest in — the hard part is whittling down to the right ones. Push that a bit further and what most CIOs say is that those ideas are in the form of project requests from business partners. So, if the business leadership agrees that capability A is twice as important to realizing their goals as capability B, capability A is targeted for twice as much investment.

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How Top Executives Lead

LDRLB

Whether finding innovative solutions or new marketing strategies, CEOs, CIOs and CFOs have departed from “business as usual.” Leadership infographic Today’s business environment is more crowded and competitive than ever. ” This infographic from Good.is presents the results of a survey of 6,000 top executives and gives a peak inside the executive suite.

How to Prioritize Your Innovation Budget

Harvard Business Review

Leaders and organizations are under more stress than ever to do two things simultaneously: deliver on today’s pressing commitments by troubleshooting and refining processes; and find and invest in innovation opportunities that will create tomorrow’s success. The problem is, this instinct crowds out longer term, innovative thinking. To find out how they do this, we focused on the two key questions underlying the challenge: How much is your organization spending on innovation?

A WUP Upside the Head 1.8

Steve Farber

That would be a whole company of CIOs. I jotted down the words Carry, Scan, Eavesdrop, Ponder, Talk, and Try Something New , and then wrote, everyone a CIO? I turned to Cam, a vision of millions of CIOs swimming in my head, and asked what he thought of all this. The Radical Edge Uncategorized business business books coaching education extreme leadership greater than yourself innovation inspiration leadership love personal development speaking the radical edge writing

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Ray Attiyah: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Ray Attiyah is an entrepreneur, innovator, and author as well as founder & CIO of Definity Partners (a training, process and leadership improvement firm who works primarily with mid-sized manufacturing companies). As the son of a math teacher Ray was raised to be a life-long learner, taught to think and not take everything at face […].

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Is HR Too Important to Be Left to HR?

Harvard Business Review

Have you ever met a sales executive or a CIO who said: "Sales is too important to be left to Sales" or "IT is too important to be left to IT"? Take over responsibility and leadership. Have you ever met a sales executive or a CIO who said: "Sales is too important to be left to Sales" or "IT is too important to be left to IT"? Take over responsibility and leadership.

Take the Government Leadership Challenge

Harvard Business Review

So here it goes: I challenge you to do a two-year, full-time stint in government leadership, and to do it before your 70th birthday. What I discovered, much to my shock, was that at least in this one case, a governor wanted to make hiring decisions based not on politics, but on leadership talent. Rather, a stint in government leadership can be the most fulfilling and exciting leadership adventure of a lifetime. Government Leadership Leadership transitions

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Capital vs. Influence

N2Growth Blog

I recently keynoted at a leadership summit held by a venture capital firm, who in a brilliant move, brought together all their portfolio CEOs for two days of collaboration about what is, and is not working in this economy. I probed further to ask if they considered holding similar events for the CFOs, CIOs, CSOs, CTOs, CMOs, etc. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth .

How to Optimally Align IT with Your Business Processes?

Strategy Driven

This approach is developed by Aloys Kregting, who was entitled as CIO of the year twice. The bottom layer of the pyramid is related to governance and involves leadership and organizational structures that are fundamental for the attainment of primary organizational goals. The first mode concerns security and accuracy, whereas the second mode concerns innovation, which is less structured.

What Will Your Industry Look Like in 2030? - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DELL TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business

Yeah, so Realize 2030 is our thought-leadership program here at Dell Technologies. It’s very interesting actually, we were with a customer a number of weeks ago, a healthcare customer in our executive briefing center, and our executive was talking to the CIO and his colleagues about storage and the data center and how it’s going to evolve. And the team was very engaged, but the CIO was not saying anything. Innovation Change management Technology Sponsor Content

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Hiring Your First Chief AI Officer

Harvard Business

But how should you organize your leadership team to best prepare for this coming disruption? Recently, with the evolution of IT and the internet, we saw the rise of CIOs to help companies organize their information. Some chief data officers and forward-thinking CIOs are effectively taking on this role.). But the dedicated team needs leadership, and I am seeing more companies hire senior AI leaders to build up AI teams across functions.

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How Senior Executives Stay Passionate About Their Work

Harvard Business

Leaders like Ellyn Shook, the chief leadership and human resources officer at Accenture, actually carry around “dumb phones,” which don’t have any apps and can’t send or receive email. Jim Fowler and Jeff Smith talked about peripheral vision in relation to the chief information officer role (Fowler is currently CIO at General Electric, and Smith was formerly CIO at IBM). Leadership as service.

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The IT Conversation We Should Be Having

Harvard Business Review

Over the last two years, we have been engaged in primary research with The Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CEB (formerly known as the Corporate Executive Board), Intel, and TNS Global in an attempt to paint a picture of how the role of the CIO and the IT department is changing. We also engaged with CIOs across the globe in discussions about what they were experiencing and what changes were surprising or bewildering them. CIOs today must adapt or risk being marginalized.

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To Blog or Not to Blog?

N2Growth Blog

Share and Enjoy: View Comments [link] Stuart Oliver: Entrepreneur, Interim CIO, Technology COO, Strategist, » Blog Archive » To blog or not to blog [.]

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The C-Suite Needs a Chief Entrepreneur

Harvard Business Review

What they don’t do well enough is reinvent and innovate. Sure, there are exceptions who are both visionary CEOs and innovators — Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos, for example — but there are very few companies that can stomach that sort of leadership. So if the CEO isn’t someone who can innovate, then who should? The Chief Entrepreneur is an executive as powerful as the CEO, with clear leadership over radical innovation within the company.

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The Financial Industry Needs to Start Planning for the Next 50 Years, Not the Next Five

Harvard Business

Despite rapid innovations in data processing and machine learning, many businesses have yet to make the leap from the Industrial Age to the information age, and the gap between technological and organizational progress is widening. Eastman Kodak is the textbook case for failing to prioritize an innovation agenda; business schools around the world study the ramifications of the company’s ill-fated decision to ignore the digital photography market until it was too late.

Backdoor Government Decryption Hurts My Business and Yours

Harvard Business

companies to reverse years of enhancements and innovations in secure online transactions and data storage that power the world’s largest retail e-commerce market , valued at $238 billion. Encryption secures the nation’s, and the world’s, innovation capabilities, enabling companies to safeguard important information and to stay one step ahead of nefarious online actors. The debate over encryption—and decryption—has heated up as U.S.

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The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking

Harvard Business Review

According to CIO Dieter Haban , whose team identified the idea and led product development, “the innovation combines telematics, mobility, central mission control, big data analytics, and a seamless process from the truck to the driver, fleet manager, and ultimately to an authorized service outlet.”. To the senior leadership team, this wasn’t just about telematics or new revenue. In Daimler Trucks North America, the CIO is responsible for innovation, not just for IT.

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The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking

Harvard Business Review

According to CIO Dieter Haban , whose team identified the idea and led product development, “the innovation combines telematics, mobility, central mission control, big data analytics, and a seamless process from the truck to the driver, fleet manager, and ultimately to an authorized service outlet.”. To the senior leadership team, this wasn’t just about telematics or new revenue. In Daimler Trucks North America, the CIO is responsible for innovation, not just for IT.

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IT on Steroids: The Benefits (and Risks) of Accelerating Technology

Harvard Business Review

When it comes to innovation in industries with strategically narrow windows of opportunities, speed is everything. This quickening pace — what academics and journalists have called innovation on steroids — is beginning to reach IT departments. Disruptive innovations begin at the low-margin, high commodity end of the stack and move upward over time, and IT is most likely not going to be an exception. Innovations were virtually prevented by stifling complexity.

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The Unnoticed Analyst: Can analytics succeed while going unnoticed.

Strategy Driven

Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Researchers at the IT Leadership Academy are doing just that in Global 2000 enterprises. The CIO’s response tends to be “reports” (61 percent of the population).

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How to Integrate Data and Analytics into Every Part of Your Organization

Harvard Business

Make sure leadership teams are fully immersed in defining and setting expectations across the entire organization. Innovate more effectively? Leadership teams must recognize that being successful will take courage, because once they embark on the journey, the insights from data analytics will often point to the need for decisions that could require a course correction. Many conversations about data and analytics (D&A) start by focusing on technology.

Why So Many High-Profile Digital Transformations Fail

Harvard Business

Therefore, no managers should view digital — or any other major technological innovation — as their sure salvation. With innovative information technology, however, executives sometimes lose their rational decision approaches. A charismatic CIO or Chief Digital Officer may make it even harder to be level-headed in those heady times. Yagi Studios/Getty Images. In 2011, GE embarked upon an ambitious attempt to digitally transform its product and service offerings.

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Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Harvard Business Review

Technology innovation is not slowing down or leveling off, but ramping up — and businesses will soon face a barrage of new digital possibilities. Kim Stevenson , Intel''s CIO, summarizes the challenge well: "[IT functions have] gone through ERP, they''ve gone through BYO and they''ve gone through cloud, and they think they''ve done it all. It requires strong leadership from all senior IT executives, as well as new business acumen.

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Technology Isn’t Enough to Empower Employees, Even in a Digital World

Harvard Business Review

Clearly, business managers and CIOs are lagging. The second dimension is the power to discover, manage, and use information for individual and group problem solving, innovation, and decision making. How well does the company use these tools for innovation, decision making, business-process design, and operations not just internally but also in its eco-system? Perhaps this is the time, at last, that the “I” in CIO gets the attention and focus it deserves.

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Who’s Managing Your Company’s Network Effects?

Harvard Business Review

Much as war is too important to be left to the generals, the business of network effects is too valuable to be entrusted to the CMOs and CIOs. In other words, opportunistically managing collective intelligence is not enough; smart leaderships need to rethink how to collectively manage collective intelligence. How might Kickstarter-like innovation initiatives facilitate new conversations and collaborations between clients and employees?

Procter and Gamble Minimizes Management Meddling

Harvard Business Review

With not a little pride, Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald and Filippo Passerini, his CIO, told Fortune Brainstorm conference attendees that digital investment had successfully transformed their company's transparency and agility. New networks and innovative analytics gave top management greater visibility into Procter's people, processes, and anticipated profits.