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Mentoring excellence

Brent Powell says there is a lot of discussion of what makes a great leader in books (“theoretical perfection” he terms it), but you can only choose your leadership style “after having the practical experience and seeing those skills in action and applying them”.
That has certainly been the case for Powell, general manager business systems at Fletcher Distribution, who says he had the good fortune to enjoy the “luxury” of working with business leaders who served as vital role models on handling people and change management issues.

Written by Divina Paredes29 Nov. 06 22:00

Kiwi empowerment

For Ron van de Riet, there is a world of difference between being a manager, and a manager-slash-leader.
“Management to me is just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. Leadership is totally different but you have to be both,” says the general manager, IT and business delivery, at Kiwibank.

Written by Divina Paredes29 Nov. 06 22:00

IT on the frontline

Lieutenant Colonel Karyn Te Moana reckons her most dangerous assignment was in East Timor. In 1999, Lt Col Te Moana, who now heads the communications, computers and electronic warfare capability management team of the NZ Army, was in the first landing of Kiwi troops in Dili.
They were surrounded by burning buildings, the militia were still firing, and the residents were hiding in the hills. “We really did rely on each other to watch each other’s back,” she says. “We worked very long hours trying to set up places to live, secure the environment for the local people to come back down and start their lives again, [and] set up the communications system.”

Written by Divina Paredes29 Nov. 06 22:00

Red, amber, green

Setting the framework
Carol Abernethy, Ministry of Justice: Early July last year, we released the strategic plan for the combined agencies?–?the old Ministry of Justice and the old Department for Courts. It was excellent timing for us to kick off the development of our Information Systems Strategic Plan (ISSP) that would be a significant enabler to being able to achieve the vision articulated within the Strategic Plan.

Written by Divina Paredes30 Oct. 06 22:00

Welcome disruptions, continuous innovation

Several weeks ago, while working on MIS Magazine, I was sidetracked by an incident?–?a major business event, actually. Our publisher Fairfax Business Media acquired the licence to publish our competitor in the IT management magazine space –?and merged the two publications.
It would have been tempting?–?and an easy route?–?for the magazine to just slap the CIO masthead on the cover, and inside, simply retain what MIS is known for?–?real life experiences of local IS leaders, buttressed with honest insights from peers, other business executives and analysts from New Zealand and overseas.

Written by Divina Paredes30 Oct. 06 22:00

The multi-faceted CIO

The minister wants to respond to a new political or government announcement; the CEO, the latest development in the marketplace. The employees want systems up and running; the customers want ease of access; the suppliers need to be connected online. On top of this, your department is becoming responsible for more and more projects.

Written by Divina Paredes30 Oct. 06 22:00

On the radar

“There are not many places that have to have their systems available 24 x 7, 365 days a year. A large component of our strategy is keeping that system going.”
This is how Lyn Provost describes the distinct challenges of IS management at the New Zealand Police.

Written by Divina Paredes31 Aug. 06 22:00

What CIOs want...

…Every dollar I invest has to give me a return, otherwise, why should I do it? Why would I do it?
…Our systems are leading edge, not bleeding edge… We will not take up the latest version as it may have more holes in it than Swiss cheese [laughter from audience].

Written by Divina Paredes31 Aug. 06 22:00

Plug gaps

Plug gaps

Written by Divina Paredes31 July 06 22:00

Help wanted: apply within [round table]

MIS100 Roundatble Staff recruitment and retention
For the past two years, staff recruitment and retention has emerged as a top business challenge for CIOs interviewed in the MIS100. In back-to-back roundtable discussions in Wellington and Auckland, IS leaders share their insights on ways to address the problem.

Written by Divina Paredes30 June 06 22:00

10 top trends 2006

Staff recruitment and retention critical

Written by Divina Paredes30 June 06 22:00

Trends of distinction

Georgina, as she is now known, is one of kiwis hatched at the Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua. We have a tradition of putting Kiwi icons on the cover of our special editions, and for this year's MIS100, Georgina is it.
MIS New Zealand has been publishing this annual report on the country's biggest IT users for the past nine years, and I have been privileged to be involved in the past six editions.

Written by Divina Paredes30 June 06 22:00

Mission: Critical

How many push-ups can you muster? How fast can you assemble a rifle? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone to join humanitarian missions and search and rescue operations in various parts of the globe?
The advertisements in print, broadcast and online media all highlight the rapid pace and excitement of being part of the country's defence force. As the Air Force ad puts it, there is no danger of being stuck in the same job for years.

Written by Divina Paredes31 May 06 22:00