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Turning today’s ICT staff into tomorrow’s business leaders

Turning today’s ICT staff into tomorrow’s business leaders

Pathways Express, a one-day program designed and delivered by highly experienced CIOs, will be held in Auckland on November 24

The programme kicks off with a discussion on the three CIO archetypes, nine executive core competencies, and the journey to the Future State Framework.

The programme kicks off with a discussion on the three CIO archetypes, nine executive core competencies, and the journey to the Future State Framework.

The CIO Executive Council is holding in November a one-day intensive learning and development program for organisations that want to improve the business acumen of their senior ICT executives.

“CIOs tell us that they want, and need, to invest in the development of their key IT staff but don’t have the time or money for longer-term learning programs,” says Barbara Simon, general manager of the CIO Executive Council.

“In response, we created Pathways Express – it’s a lower cost, high-value alternative to develop your leaders in a shorter timeframe,” says Simon, who is also president, enterprise group, IDG Communications, the publisher of CIO in Australia and New Zealand.

The Pathways Express Programme will be held in Auckland on November 24. The overview and curriculum can be downloaded here.

This one day intensive course will develop skills that are fundamental to all business leaders in today’s challenging and exciting digital environment

Garry Whatley, CIO Advisor

The programme is delivered by two CIOs - Carsten Larsen, Partner, Business Aspect; and Garry Whatley, Director, CIO Advisor.

They have contributed their knowledge and experience to produce a real-world, practical development programme that equips individuals with the skills they need to more effectively manage the demands and complexities of contemporary business.

Pathways Express is backed by CIO-designed frameworks, resources and lessons learned from the global council arsenal, including more than 3000 member contributed materials.

The programme kicks off with a discussion on the three CIO archetypes, nine executive core competencies, and the journey to the Future State Framework.

Key curriculum focus areas include: building executive relationships, stakeholder alignment, change management, strategic planning, as well as ICT governance and risk management.

Carsten Larsen says the program provides IT staff with access to highly experienced CIOs who can give them an in-depth understanding of what it means to drive technology to deliver successful business outcomes.

“It goes beyond theory by providing attendees with real-life examples of how technology leaders deal with IT issues every day while concurrently planning the longer-term strategic path for the organisation,” he says.

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Garry Whatley says Pathways Express provides technology leaders with a blend of business insights, best practices and real world experiences to position them for success.

“This one day intensive course will develop skills that are fundamental to all business leaders in today’s challenging and exciting digital environment.”

It goes beyond theory by providing attendees with real-life examples of how technology leaders deal with IT issues every day while concurrently planning the longer-term strategic path for the organisation

Carsten Larsen, Business Aspect

This is the second Pathways Express programme to be held in New Zealand.

“The programme provided a balanced mix of case study work and interactive sessions,” said a participant in the inaugural programme held early this year.

“The interaction with, and the content delivery by the experienced CIOs provides a great knowledge sharing platform and the case study with mock board presentation provided invaluable insight into real-time simulation of business, IT and board interactions and the key competencies required for the 'C' level executives.

“I would recommended it for anyone aspiring to gain the skills to thrive in senior IT leadership positions.“

Another participant said: “I immediately put some of the Strategic Planning tips into use upon my return to work, as well as tips on how to manage communications with other senior management."

To find out more about the Pathways Express program or the CIO Executive Council contact:

Mervyn Silverman

Senior Business Development Manager APAC

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CIO Executive Council

E: mervyn_silverman@idg.com.au

P: + 61 (0)2 9902 2730

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