Category Archives: personal

Twenty Years and Counting

By | August 31, 2012

Tweet Today, I celebrate twenty years of service at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. When I joined BCIT on August 31, 1992, I was in my late 20’s. I had been married for 4 years and we had a baby girl who was just over a year old. I started as an Intermediate Systems… Read More »

My New Adventure

By | August 2, 2012

Tweet My new adventure begins! Last week, I accepted a 2 year contract as the Director of Information Technology at the American University of Sharjah in the Emirate of Sharjah  in the United Arab Emirates.  Sharjah is one of seven emirates that are federated together to form the United Arab Emirates and is adjacent to Dubai. This… Read More »

Higher Ed CIO Challenges 2 – Consumerization of IT

By | July 11, 2012

Tweet This is the second of a three part series on Challenges for Higher Education CIOs – Consumerization of IT. The particular focus of this challenge is the rise of mobile computing commonly known as “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD).  This trend is changing the education mandate, particularly how faculty teach course materials to their… Read More »

The Monday Report Builds Understanding and Collaboration

By | April 3, 2012

Tweet I have 24 direct reports and always find it hard to get a good understanding of what each of them do on a weekly basis.  A few weeks ago, I retweeted about a post that might help. Frank Addante (@FrankAddante), founder and CEO of the Rubicon project wrote a post for Inc.com that has really… Read More »

Trust Agents – Book Review

By | February 28, 2012

Tweet I finished reading Trust Agents, Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation and Earn Trust,  by Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) and Julien Smith (@Julien) as part of my Masters class Enterprise Social Media @ Syracuse University iSchool. The book is very well written and provides very practical advice for anyone who wants to participate… Read More »

Full Disclosure, A Favourited Tweet Does Not Mean I Read It … Yet

By | January 20, 2012

Tweet As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Twitter. Twitter provides the medium for my tailored news source (I find out about world events on Twitter faster than any of the regular news outlets), my 24×7 global support base (see my post The Evolution of My Global Network) and my notetaker (this… Read More »

Flexible Leadership – Self Knowledge, Guiding Principles and Flexible Approaches

By | October 18, 2011

Tweet Leaders, who are self-aware, create personal guiding principles and are flexible in their leadership approaches, will have success navigating any situation.   There are a set of leadership traits, behaviors and styles that support flexible leadership.  Leaders need to develop self-awareness.  Understanding what their strengths and weaknesses are and how they react to different situations… Read More »

Focus on Your Commitments – A New Way to Work

By | July 9, 2011

Tweet Do you start the day opening your email and looking at the hundreds or thousands of messages in your Inbox?  How does that make you feel? Overwhelmed, stressed and feeling like you are always behind on your commitments? Do you have days where you know you worked very hard but somehow have nothing to… Read More »