This is his first civilian role following a six –month stint in South Sudan, as deputy planning officer for the military component of the United Nations in the newest country in the world.
Holley is a reserve officer in the New Zealand Army, and has held a raft of business technology roles, including general manager operations for Visible Results and CIO of the Auckland Regional Council.
“Some sort of sabbatical, moving sideways from your normal role or into a different organisation or culture, adds real context and strength to your job,” he says on his recent UN assignment.
Moving sideways from your normal role or into a different organisation or culture adds real context and strength to your job.
This is true especially for CIOs who work on a lot of innovation and organisation change. “CIOs can work for a period of time in a sister organisation in the company, do some volunteer service abroad,” says Holley in an interview with CIO New Zealand.
“It is all about enriching you as a person because the technical side is quite easy; the leadership and how you engage with other people… that is the challenge.”
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