At our METAA CTO Clinic (April 10, planned and hosted in partnership with CoSN), our keynote speaker will be Martha Heller, author of the CIO Paradox, Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership. She came highly recommended by a few of my colleagues, but I had not yet read the book, so I am doing so now.
I find it insightful, accurate, and articulate about the dilemmas we face in technology leadership. In our roles as ed tech leaders in schools we are constantly seeking the right balance:
|Privacy||Effective Data Use|
Providing resources and avoiding challenging conversations
Using data analysis and helping people stretch beyond their comfort zones
Like getting the squirrel to eat from your hand – no big sudden, scary moves
This is the new way it will be done
|Nurturing innovation||Maintaining legacy systems|
|Leading to the Future||Archiving the Past|
|Keeping things operating smoothly||Igniting and leading change|
|Control and Compliance||Creativity and Disruption|
|Implementing complex systems||Keeping things simple|
|Tactical / Operational||Strategic|
|Big picture||Making the details work|
|Developing a technology dream team||Outsourcing|
|Taking risks||Safeguarding infrastructure, data, up time|
This list could go on and on – we all have dilemmas to resolve and balance to strive for.
I am looking forward to finishing Heller’s book and learning about more paradox situations and how other creative leaders have broken through these issues and succeeded.
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