CIO Summit 2015 - leadership, empowerment and mobility

CSUT520 CIO Summit 2015
Were recurrent themes of the recent CIO Summit in Perth. A reflection of the current issues being faced by many IT managers in the current evolving environment.

Effective leadership is particularly important during times of change as, whether we like it or not, most of us fear change for a variety of reasons which causes resistance to change.  Rumours about change, self-doubt, fear of the future and uncertainty lead to anxiety and lastly inaction.

Effective leadership may not be able to eliminate all the fear and resistance to change but if the majority understand the change required, agree to the change and actively work towards the new goals, the anxiety, inaction and disruption of the few will be minimised.

Information is the key to change management.  Advise everyone from the outset of the plans for change, the reasons change is needed, what the future holds and be open at all times to questions.  As the Chief Information Officer, this should be the cornerstone of your style.

Regular updates during the change process and regular meetings where all are encouraged to put forward ideas and voice concerns, will maintain the feeling of inclusion and increase the desire to own the change.  Once a sense of ownership is achieved, individuals feel empowered.

Empowerment is positive and is powerful.  Empowerment is a sense of being valued and we all thrive on that.  Decisions, smart decisions are made by those who feel empowered and when contributions are being made across the board from the bottom up success will be achieved.

One speaker at the Summit, Rebecca Livesy spoke about the four Rs of the “Cultural Change Journey” – Reliance, this is where fear lives; Rebellion, an angry blaming phase; Results, focus is kicking in and Realisation, moving forward.  I am sure we all recognise these phases at some time in our change experience.

There are many definitions of change management or is that ... continue reading "CIO Summit 2015"


About IT Masters and Charles Sturt University 
IT Masters and Charles Sturt University are proud to offer a unique series of Online Masters Degree qualifications that are:

Relevant: Preparation for the world’s premium IT industry certifications from Cisco, ITIL, Microsoft, the Project Management Institute and Oracle are included as an integral part of the Masters.
Accessible: Study for your Masters Degree in your own home. With over 32,000 students studying globally, Charles Sturt University is Australia’s (and one of the world’s) largest suppliers of distance education.
Accredited: All of our Online Master Degrees are fully accredited under the Australian Government Qualifications Framework.
Affordable: Australian Citizens can use Australian government FEE-HELP study loans facility to pay tuition fees.

For further information please visit

CSUT520 CIO Summit 2015
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.