He may work for a post-secondary school in the U.S., but David Hinson’s ideas on IT leadership should find a welcome audience on this side of the border.
Hinson is the CIO of Hendrix College, a private liberal arts institution based in Conway, Ark. He uploaded the following presentation to SlideShare last week, and while there aren’t a lot of notes or context provided, his “five Ps” — professional, proactive, prescient, passionate, persistent — make for a compelling way to remember some of the characteristics that lead to success in technology and business strategy.
Of all his five Ps, I found the notion of prescience stood out. While many CIOs probably do a pretty good job of being professional and persistent, the sense that they are one step ahead in terms of identifying the ways IT can contribute to business value is what I think drives many of the best IT leaders I’ve met.