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Graham P. Waller
VP, Executive Partner
6 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Graham Waller is a vice president and executive partner with Gartner Executive Programs. He supports CIO clients across variety of industries, assisting them in business-IT alignment and maximizing IT value. Read Full Bio

Flipping to Digital Leadership

by Graham Waller  |  October 6, 2014

I had the opportunity to unveil the highlights from our 2015 CIO Survey at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando today. The exciting news is that as ‘digital moves to center stage,’ CIOs and business technology leaders have a fabulous opportunity to play an impactful digital leadership role for their enterprise. The catch: 75% of respondents […]

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The Digital Enterprise Demands Leadership Shifts

by Graham Waller  |  March 21, 2013

Are the leadership skills you have, the leadership skills you need? Attendees at recent Gartner CIO Forum workshops in US and Europe explored this question and the answer was far from affirmative. A somewhat uncomfortable finding, particularly given the rapid ascent of the digital enterprise. Leadership shifts indentified in the workshops included. ‘Command and control’ to ‘enable […]

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Nexus of Forces – Elevated Leadership Required

by Graham Waller  |  October 24, 2012

As Gartner CEO Gene Hall stated in this week’s Symposium conference opening keynote, the ‘Nexus of Forces’ trends (mobile, social, cloud and information) will drive the need not only for new skills, but also a new kind of leader. At a breakout workshop immediately following the keynote, CIO attendees explored how leadership will be impacted […]

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Harnessing the power of everyone working a ‘level up’

by Graham Waller  |  October 22, 2012

“If I’m brutally honest the problem in my organization is we all work a level down. I’m doing too much of my VPs’ work, therefore my VPs are doing too much of their managers’ work, and so on down.” Such was the reflection from an astute CIO during a recent leadership workshop. He went on […]

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Reactions from Cannes and Orlando Symposia to ‘The CIO Edge’ Book Launch

by Graham Waller  |  November 15, 2010

“This session alone has paid for my trip to Orlando Symposium”.  Such was the reaction of one South American based CIO after attending the presentation entitled ‘Combine Strategy and Leadership to Maximize IT’s Contribution’.    As I reflect on ‘The CIO Edge’ book launch at the recent Symposia events, I’m invigorated by the numerous times […]

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Why “Leadership First, Everything Else Second” for CIOs?

by Graham Waller  |  September 17, 2010

After three years of research, a pattern and mental model we observed in high performing CIOs was a passionate belief that their primary role is people leadership. As Filippo Passerini (President of Business Services & CIO – P&G), explained to us when we interviewed him as part of our research: “No amount of technology can replace […]

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