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Vision, Focus, and Execution August 1, 2007

Posted by Jeff in General.

Went to a great session today at the Campus Technology 2007. It had nothing to do with podcasting, but it hit home with one of my other passions: leadership strategies.

John Camp, retired CIO from Wayne State University, talked about how a CIO must have a vision of how IT can advace the university and how technology will have a positive impact on teaching, learning, and research across all departments, schools, and colleges. About half of CIOs (and this percentage is growing) now sit at the president’s cabinet, included as key players in institutional strategy… but having that strategic view and vision is not enough; the CIO has to be able to focus on that vision and then execute it.

He went through three main points:

  1. What is the role and qualifications of a leader in IT.
  2. What are the top issues that someone in that position has to face?
  3. What does Vision, Focus, and Execution look like in action?

I’ve shared my semi-detailed notes with a few people already. Let me know if you’d like me to email them to you.



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