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Confessions of CIOs: How to develop strengths for today’s leadership

What are the skills needed to lead a large IT group?

Join us for this episode of Discover Performance Weekly for confessions with CIOs. HP Software evangelist and VP of Strategic Marketing Paul Muller sits down with these three industry experts to discuss the skills needed to lead a large IT group:

The starting point for this discussion is the Discover Performance article "CIO 'confessions': 5 critical attributes of the best IT leaders."

Breaking down the discussion

In this episode, you will hear the group discuss the following topics:

  • Confessions of CIOs (2:00)
  • CIOs are willing to bet the farm (3:00)
  • When to question the status quo (5:00)
  • The best leaders stepped up to answer the business call (6:25)
  • Making the tough decisions (8:30)
  • How important is it to build a good network of peers? (11:00)
  • What are the steps to get to the CIO position? (12:00)

The “tips of the week” our guests offer include:
Tim: “HMG Strategy: Building the Strongest CIO Network on the Planet” (
Brian: “Keep the sword sharp. Take time to know your technology.”
Ben: “Get into the business, engage with business peers, and test the innovation water with start-ups.”
Paul: Book by Michael Watkins: The First 90 Days (

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