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..

Innovation and Change. When Leaders are the Problem.

  Innovation is a hot topic around the globe at the moment and given the  tight connection between technology and innovation today it is something I am intensely interested in.  So it was with great interest that I read the following article and the full report from a few weeks back.  First things first, congratulations to Chris Paykel and James Hurman for doing the survey and adding some local information to the forever growing literature on innovation. Overall the finding of this study are consistent with previous findings around the 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..