Enterprise CIO Forum guest community manager, Paul Calento, discusses how risk averse management is not the same as leadership.
Management is a series of predictable, some say methodical, decisions. But for the purposes of Enterprise CIO Forum, we champion leadership, even though management (good or bad) is far more typical. I’d argue that great leaders are defined by a series of big bets … big bets which carry at least a little bit of risk.
But when we look at how we talk about IT modernization risk seems to be the overriding inhibitor. Joel Dobbs calls it “Mr. No CIO” No to consumerization. No to the cloud. No to big data. Clearly this is untenable … and arguably a middle manager mindset.
Risk for risk’s sake benefits no one. We need to understand the requirements of the business. Provide a plan for exceeding them. And getting buy-in throughout the process. And to me, that means that leadership is about letting go. Ask your teams. Encourage new ideas and approaches. It all starts from within. But the challenge with that approach is that it requires a leap of faith that many of us are not willing to make.
So, what are your big bets? How did you get to them? What role did you peers, team members, execs, customers and even your competitors play in that process. A big bet isn’t merely adopting a converged cloud infrastructure or a comprehensive information optimization plan for Big Data or modernizing your converged infrastructure … those are means to an end.
- Consolidating data centers?
- Embedding your IT department staffers directly at the point of contact, within line of business?
- Taking projects started via Shadow IT on and making them better?
- Utilizing consumerization of IT trends to find incremental budgets to utilize apps?
- Leveraging Big Data to find low hanging fruit revenue opportunities missed or ignored by the siloed data of the past?
What ‘s yours?
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