An important aspect of being a successful leader is to be able to connect well with others at a human level and get them to voluntarily follow your vision. This is social intelligence. Managers are measured on getting the job done vs. interpersonal effectiveness. How do we groom managers who are step up leadership candidates on this vital trait?
Jim Smith, CIO, Office of Information Technology, State of Maine
Jim Smith CIO, Office of Information Technology, State of Maine Jim Smith is currently the Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine. As such, he will direct and oversee all Information Technology policymaking, planning, arch... More View all posts
Jim Smith CIO, Office of Information Technology, State of Maine Jim Smith is currently the Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine. As such, he will direct and oversee all Information Technology policymaking, planning, architecture, strategy, and standardization throughout the state. He will provide central leadership and vision in the use of information and telecommunications technology on a statewide basis, and provide risk assessment on disaster and business recovery, and cyber security. Jim has been in the Information Technology field for over 30 years, and he has held senior IT leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Sun Life Financial, and Unum Corporation. His background spans multiple aspects of IT, including development, operations, workforce planning, vendor management, strategy, and innovation. Jim has significant international experience, having overseen multiple projects in India, the Philippines, and England, and he has developed two technology operations in Ireland. Jim has a particular interest in workforce planning and in helping to develop and mentor the next generation of IT resources. At Unum, he created the ‘Tech Night’, where to date over 500 high schools students have learned about information technology careers. Less View all posts
Dr. Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
For over 25 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been successfully helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth. He has ex... More View all posts
For over 25 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been successfully helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth. He has experience in both the private and public sectors. He spent over 15 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a variety of technology-related roles including leading technology innovation by delivering specific expertise in emerging technologies and the impact of macro trends such as demography on organizational success. In 2016 he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States. Dr. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on the future of urban innovation. He is currently a multiple award-winning Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, focusing on modernizing the technology environment, implementing enhancements to the citywide SAP implementation, and pushing the boundaries of innovation in local government such as open data and broader civic participation through mobile devices. Under Jonathan’s leadership, Palo Alto has been named one of the top 5 digital cities in America three years in a row, including the top spot in 2013. Prior to joining the City, Jonathan served as CIO of O’Reilly Media, an integrated media company. During his tenure he led the successful technology effort to deploy a new global ecommerce platform, enhanced the Oracle financial system, completed and maintained PCI-compliance, implemented an IT governance process, and made several strategic upgrades to the network infrastructure. Jonathan was awarded the distinction of being one of the 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Government in America in 2013. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. He has also recently been named the top social government CIO on Twitter and his blog was named one of the top 50 must-read in government. Dr. Reichental holds several degrees including a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He informally advises several technology start-ups and is engaged in a variety of charity efforts in Silicon Valley. Jonathan is a co-founder of Code for Ireland. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego, and at the University of California Berkeley. Jonathan is also a highly sought-after public speaker and presents on a range of subjects which has included a TEDx presentation on the future of privacy. His work has been featured on media such as National Public Radio (NPR), CBS Radio, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CIO magazine, InformationWeek, Computerworld, and Government Technology magazine. His TV appearances include CNBC and NBC News. He is a popular blogger, and recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook. Less View all posts