My conversation with Bill Granger, CTO of Walker & Dunlop, continues down my path of exploring superpowers, skills, strategies and tactics that make top A+ Chief Information Officers succeed.
As I reviewed the transcript of my conversation with Bill, I was reminded that as you progress in your career, the truly successful transition is from I/me success, to we/us, to helping others succeed.
Major Take-Aways From This Episode:
How to influence and lead positively as one of the core foundation skills
The role of exercise for busy, successful leaders
Paying attention to experimental and disruptive technologies
The huge impact of finding a mentor and being a mentor
The importance of continuous learning
Unique project management skills I loved
How to pitch solutions using strong financial literacy
What is the best next generation Firewall product? This is a big question.
It is mostly based on numbers of users. When you have many users on the same Firewall, UTM Firewalls are the best option. They are now integrated with built-in IPS . UTM firewalls, or Next Generation Firewalls (whatever marketing wants to call them), are not port-based and are so fast these days that you can certainly buy the feature set that handles URL inspection, IPS, SSL inspection, etc.
My guest for this episode is Bob Fecteau who is the CIO of SAIC. SAIC is a 15000 employee, $4.0 billion publicly-traded company.
He is one of the four top people who travel to Wall Street to report on the company performance along with the CEO, CFO and COO. He signs off on the SOX control documents for his publicly-traded company.
From my perspective of working with and interviewing hundreds of CIOs, he is a visionary, and is one of the best in the profession. He is a giver who wants to elevate the whole profession and share his wisdom. Continue reading →
My guest this week is Alex Tapscott. Alex is the co-author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction bestseller Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. A Definitive Guide for Business IT Leaders, this book is “on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption. Likely to become one of the iconic books of our time.” (Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma)
I have observed that CIOs are usually hesitant to go toe-to-toe against a regulator or an auditor. One of the major issues is that a lot of times, after reviewing a risk assessment, we are operating from purely intuition. It is important that you take a rigorous approach to preparing for these discussions by combining intuition with critical thinking and rationale.
By using your own intuition in combination with critically thinking through complex problems, you are able to develop a defensible argument. You are now able to validate surface assumptions and estimates before presenting, and placing information before auditors.
Just having the framework for discussing and debating topics with your auditor is extremely valuable. There are a few tools and tricks I want to share with you that will help you to better prepare a defensible argument that is backed with rigor, critical thinking, and logic. It can be very powerful to go before authorities this way, and I want to be able to help you do this. Continue reading →