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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

Freeskilling – a radical rethink to close the talent gap

by Graham Waller  |  April 3, 2020

A joint post by Graham Waller and Mark Raskino, co-authors of the book Digital to the Core Freeskilling could be an answer to one of the biggest questions in business today: “where do we get the critical digital-era skills?”. Hiring is misfiring as everyone chases the same ‘purple squirrels’ – for example that machine learning […]

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Remaster Your Leadership with Six Personas Fit for Digital Business

by Graham Waller  |  February 9, 2016

Do you have the skills necessary to thrive as a leader in the digital era? What worked for leaders in a more industrialized economy — a craving for certainty, a love of detailed plans and an affinity for control — can be the enemy in a digital business economy, where the driving forces are innovation […]

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Digital to the Core – Mind the Leadership Gap

by Graham Waller  |  November 9, 2015

Digital business doesn’t just disrupt markets, it disrupts tried-and-true management behaviors as well. “What got you here, will not get you there” was famously introduced to the management lexicon by Marshall Goldsmith. While he emphasized the need to adapt leadership style in rising through the executive ranks, today’s unique and challenging digital business leadership context […]

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Digital to the Core – Why we wrote this book for you

by Graham Waller  |  October 20, 2015

October 20th 2015 is the official publication date for Gartner’s latest co-authored book – website here. This post also appears on Mark Raskino’s blog If you are anywhere near the intersection of business and technology your world is changing radically. Back in early 2013 we started to realize just what was coming. Mark was formulating […]

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It’s time to take Digital to the Core

by Graham Waller  |  October 4, 2015

In March 2013 I met with Mark Raskino during at a break at Gartner’s CIO Forum in California to muse a new book concept. The idea was to combine and deepen our research on how technology trends will cause every industry to be digitally remastered, along with the leadership skills needed win in such a […]

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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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