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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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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