Canadian-educated Scott Morrison started as a medical researcher before joining IBM. Now he’s chief technology officer at Layer 7 Technologies, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Vancouver, which sells solutions for API management, mobile acccess, SOA governance and cloud integration.
In this interview with ComputerWorld U.S., he recalls an important lesson he learned in managing staff at IBM’s Toronto lab, the challenges facing chief technology officers and his management style.
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Although he describes himself as favouring collaboration, “I don’t mind drawing lines in the sand. There’s a time and a place where that’s needed, where people really need an authoritative answer, for someone to come in and say, “That’s it, here’s how we’re doing this.” But it’s always fairly obvious when that needs to happen. I’m content to sit back and facilitate and let the team get there naturally and help to remove roadblocks.”
Be warned if you’re applying to him for a job: He likes to ask people about their failures. Read why.