Had a great time presenting about being a CIO at a community college at Acuta a little over a week ago. There may be challenges, but there are also amazing opportunities working in a community college IT group. It is quite rewarding to go home feeling like your work is helping someone make a better life for themselves.
Recently I made a rather large transition in my career, I became a CIO. For years I have worked as a developer, team leader, and eventually Executive Director. When preparing to make the transition I did not think it would be tremendously different from my previous work. Although there are a lot of similarities, there are also a number of changes from my previous life.
In 3.5 weeks I will be speaking at the annual SEDUG conference about being a CIO in Higher Education. I hope to share information that might help others determine if they want to become a CIO, or how to better serve as a CIO in their organization.
When I think about the topics I want to cover, and how I want to present the information, I immediately think about a few topics:
- Providing focus and leadership to your team
- Three keys to success as an IT leader: collaboration, transparency, communication
- Dealing with legacy decisions
- Setting the right tone
- Preparing to innovate
I am sure as the event approaches I will think of more topics to cover. I am also sure that I will try to impart some of the great wisdom passed to me by amazing leaders and friends like Kevin Roberts (Abilene Christian University), Phil Komarny (Seaton Hill University), and David Kim (Central Piedmont Community College).
If you happen to be attending the SEDUG conference stop in and listen, heckle, question and we can all learn together.