Can a CIO Lead from the Middle?

Can a CIO Lead from the Middle?

CIOs need to build networks, exert influence up and down the hierarchy, problem-solve, communicate effectively, and deliver, in order to keep the wheels of the IT organization moving in the same direction as the business and deliver results. Unfortunately many CIOs endowed with these valuable skills can be pulled into a “producing” vs. “leading” role due to the environment and/or tough times, essentially demoting them to the role of a middle manager. So, how can a CIO lead from that spot? How can a CIO avoid this fate?


    • Neil Jarvis, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, AAA NCNU
    • Damon Anderson, Chief Information Officer, State of Pennsylvania – Conservation and Natural Resources (PA-DCNR)

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Neil Jarvis

Neil Jarvis, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, AAA NCNU

Mr. Neil Jarvis is responsible for AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah’s (AAA NCNU) technology strategy, management and delivery including applications, infrastructure intellectual property, data protection, information security, a... More   View all posts
Damon Anderson

Damon Anderson, Chief Information Officer, State of Pennsylvania - Conservation and Natural Resources (PA-DCNR)

Damon began serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in June of 1992 and is currently serving the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as Chief Information Officer and is credited with the creation of DCNR’s Bureau of Informat... More   View all posts
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