- 06/01/2017Hey folks....just joined.....here are a few more things about meAndrew Pulkowski, Certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Speaker, and Trainerwww.johncmaxwellgroup.com The John Maxwell Team is a group of Maxwell certified Coaches, Trainers, Speakers and Professionals, offering workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to aid in personal and professional growth to individuals, organizations and companies...
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Comments03/01/2017 #7 Kevin Pashuk#6 Thanks John. If you read some of my earlier posts, you will see that this is indeed my core schtick... My Masters' thesis was on building an IT team to support doing technology in a new way in education, and I find it's threaded through much of my writing and speaking. As an example, here's one I wrote (or I should say re-wrote since the message is still germane) about actually getting value for a technology investment in education: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@kevin-pashuk/how-to-actually-get-value-from-all-that-technology-in-schools03/01/2017 #6 John Vaughan#5 Thanks for the clarification re "role of CIO", @Kevin Pashuk. I believe that you are spot on.
FWIW : You've also identified why - when I received a graduate degree in Ed Media - I opted out of that arena of the marketplace.
In any case, I hope that you will get yourself a refreshing beverage and take a whack at The Big Question, particularly from the strategic/organizational perspective:
"What's the *real* Value Proposition for Management?" (Does it transcend Olde Schoole bureaucratic norms?)03/01/2017 #5 Kevin Pashuk#3 Thank you 'eagle eye' Vaughan... I did fix the left/right error. On your second point... It comes down to 2 things that may take a long post, or at least a beverage to cover well:
1. In the higher ed system (at least in Canada), the funding model drives decisions. IT is viewed as a 'cost centre' rather than being a strategic partner and put under the domain of the Chief Financial Officer.
2. The reason that many IT departments are seen as a cost centre, is that my colleagues insist on being a gatekeeper and try to control things (the old way of doing IT) rather than reframing and finding ways to enable the institution to achieve its strategic goals through effective implementation of technology. The most change resistant people are those in IT who insist on maintaining control.03/01/2017 #4 John Vaughan#2 @Kevin Pashuk : It also seems that your point number 2 "Only one-third of higher education CIOs report directly to the President or Provost (EDUCAUSE) and the number seems to be declining. Why are IT leaders being moved off the leadership team?" is directly disputed by @David B. Grinberg's statement that "It appears that CIOs will play an increasingly important role in all companies during 2017 due to the continuing proliferation of new technology and cyber threats affecting all industries."
Discuss/Reconcile, please?03/01/2017 #3 John VaughanNice, @Kevin Pashuk
Clarification/typo...? in pp2 of point number 3, you say "here were a number of items in the upper left quadrant that were mission critical but didn't really differentiate our organization from our competitors (e.g. email)." Don't you mean "in the upper right quadrant" ... or do I misunderstand?03/01/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergThanks for this good buzz, Kevin. It appears that CIOs will play an increasingly important role in all companies during 2017 due to the continuing proliferation of new technology and cyber threats affecting all industries. The challenges CIOs face are immense. Thus, your astute analysis and advice are most helpful.
Also, I'm sharing this on three hives. I look forward to reading more of your buzz in the year ahead!
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Comments25/08/2016 #4 Gert Scholtz@Kevin Pashuk As one innie to another: the essence of it is as you say where your energy comes from. From external stimuli, or from internal experience. I am the latter. Not always and not everywhere, but most of the time. Thanks Kevin - as always you hit the nail on the head in a few well chosen words.
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Comments11/04/2016 #2 Antoine 🐝 PragerGreat post @kevin-pashuk! I can not agree more!
Today from a business perspective, the IT has moved from a technical/support role to a strategic role.
There are a couple of aspect I would add to your reflexion. First, it is very important in terms of governance, to move the IT department below the CEO/GM position, and can not be considered anymore as part of the financial department. While IT remain bellows the CFO, they will be considered a "cost department" and not a "strategic one",
The second one, is to avoid Shadow IT behaviour, the CIO/CTO/IT manager need to open his mind, listen & seduce. Listen to understand the different need of the different part of the business and act as a catalyst of the business. Seduce because a business need structure and system needs to be adopted by everyone, here project and change management skills are key.