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The Digital Enterprise Demands Leadership Shifts

by Graham Waller  |  March 21, 2013  |  Comments Off

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  |  2 Comments

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  |  Comments Off

“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  |  Comments Off

“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  |  1 Comment

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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