Learning From Landmines: How Adversity Builds Better Leaders

While it would be great to avoid career landmines, the experience can strengthen a CIO’s leadership skills and help better position the organization for future challenges, says Chris Wierz of Witt/Kieffer.

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The Best Defense: How CIOs Can Help Protect Each Other From Landmines

One of the most important benefits in being part of the CIO community is the willingness to share experiences and learn from others how to avoid — or recover from — landmines, say Chris Belmont and Keith Perry.

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Chris Belmont, VP & CIO, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chapter 3

Customized engagement — “In cancer care, a lot of people want that personal touch.”
Networking to help “to avoid the speed bumps”
Collaborative mentorship — “I’m a big fan of growing the talent you have.”
The “variety” of being a vendor & consultant
Vendor management
“We’re doing good things. The industry as a whole is getting better.”

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Chris Belmont, VP & CIO, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chapter 2

Rolling out Epic… again
The power of hindsight — “Things go through a traditional life cycle and you can expect it.”
Moon Shots Program
Training Watson “to think like an oncologist”
Structured data & finding “gold nuggets of knowledge.”
Patient experience — “We can always do better.”

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Chris Belmont, VP & CIO, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chapter 1

About MD Anderson
PeopleSoft ERP
From best of breed to Epic
“Transformation is disruptive.”
Staffing up with rapid response teams
Have’s & have-not’s – “Be careful not to create a parallel culture.”
“You can never have enough communication”

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