Six Tips for Award Entrants: One judge’s view.

  Over the past six months or so I have had the privilege of judging several industry awards programmes including the CIO 100 in New Zealand, the CIO 50 in Australia and the NZ Hi-Tech awards. I judge awards for several reasons.  It’s a good way to give back, you learn a lot about what others in the industry are thinking about and working on and the best of entries are incredibly inspiring.  While the best entries are inspiring the judging process itself is anything, but inspiring. The judging process Read more..

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective CIO’s (part 2)

| I have been a fan of Stephen Covey’s 7 habits for a long time now.  It has been very influential in how I look at the world and how I live my life, despite my constant failures to live up to the habits.  It has also been influential in my understanding of what you need to do to be successful in realising the value of technology for organisations that I work with.  You can see the influence of Covey’s work in my ideas.   Despite this influence, I have never Read more..

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective CIOs (part 1)

| I have been a fan of Stephen Covey’s 7 habits for a long time now.  It has been very influential in how I look at the world and how I live my life, despite my constant failures to live up to the habits.  It has also been influential in my understanding of what you need to do to be successful in realising the value of technology for organisations that I work with.  You can see the influence of Covey’s work in my ideas.  For example the concept of competence Read more..

Aspiring IT Leaders

What makes a great CIO? What do CIOs do anyway? These two questions and variations of them seem to get asked regularly at conferences and on social networks such as LinkedIn. The latest round of these questions has inspired me to write this blog.  This is my take on what makes a great CIO. At a high level I believe a CIO needs to be competent in 7 key things: Setting the Foundations for great performance through Personal Leadership.  Current research suggests that great leadership performance is directly proportional to your Read more..

How to Sell to a CIO

Before I took up the role of CIO at The Warehouse I was a partner with Deloitte Consulting. As with most professional services firms my role was a mix of selling and delivering services to clients. Because of this when I joined The Warehouse I was quite open to meet with potential service providers to see what value they could add to us.I was unprepared for the onslaught however. Every week I get many phone calls and emails from companies who have a great product or service to sell. | Read more..

From Best Practice to Next Practice

| Our industry is obsessed with best practice. If you are not at best practice then most commentators will suggest that you probably will not be long in your current role. As a consultant I spent years selling the advantages and importance of best practice to my clients. It was their ticket to superior performance. As a CIO however, I have discovered that best practices as we know them aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Let me explain. First, the term has become abused and misused. As I understand Read more..

Knowledge is Power! Or is it?

| We hear all the time that knowledge is power. In our industry we use this mantra as a justification for all sorts of investment, particularly investments in business intelligence. But is knowledge really power? Let’s consider this. In our house we have one rule (thanks to my sister, from whom we lifted this rule). That rule is “everyone deserves love and respect no matter how I feel now”. I love this rule because if you use this as your filter for everything that you do it is very difficult Read more..