What Are Public Speaking’s Critical Success Factors?

Paul Roemer, CEO, Pale Rhino Consulting

Over the last few months, a few readers wrote asking about a post of mine regarding speaking in public. For those who get nervous about speaking in public, let’s recognize that unless you are being filmed for the Discovery Channel’s television show Life Below Zero, you speak in public every day — to your friends, family, […]


Life In The Swamp

Anthony Guerra, Editor-in-Chief, hsCIO.com

“Ottawa, best known as the capital of Canada, also features the National Gallery of Canada, the annual Bluesfest, winter skating on the Rideau Canal — and, perhaps, a staggering amount of illicit sex.” Now THAT’S a great lead, I thought, reading on to learn that the recently hacked (and possibly in the process of being […]


Sue Schade, CIO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Chapter 1

Sue Schade, CIO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

2014 CIO of the Year — “It truly has been an honor.”
Being a role model
Her road to CIO
Leaving Partners after 13 years — “I wanted to have a broader role.”
Jumping into an Epic rollout at UMich
Being the new CIO
Dealing with history and baggage — “It’s a new day.”


How To Prune A Culture

Bill Rieger, CIO, Flagler Hospital

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and, like any good kid, I had chores. One of them, which I actually enjoyed, was mowing the lawn. In the Chicago area the grass is soft, and the enemy of that soft grass is a weed we called crabgrass. I pulled it whenever I saw it and […]


When Is It Okay To Give Up?

Christopher Walden, Director of IS, Health First (former CIO, HealthAlliance) Hospital

When is it appropriate for a leader to give up on trying to influence change over a particular process or individual? Is it ever acceptable? For those instances where the leader has direct jurisdiction over the process or person, an executive directive can be given and change can be forced (for what that is worth). […]