Leadership and Technology:Innovation and Excellence in the Information Renaissance Tony Piazza Excellence in Leadership February 6, 2006
Tonight’s Agenda • Your Facilitator: Tony Piazza • Basis of education • Leadership • Technology: The Diffusion of Innovation • Leaders and Change • Lessons Learned
Your Facilitator: Tony Piazza Professional: Support Consultant; Ontario Systems LLC. Education: B.A. – Telecommunications; BSU, 2004 -Successfully completed EIL program M.S. – Information and Communication Sciences; BSU, 2005 -CICS Graduate Assistant; facilitated last year’s Leadership and Technology Workshop
Basis of Education: YOU as the educated elite • Knowledge • Skills • AAC • Attitude • Awareness • Consciousness • ACTIVITY: Get some paper handy!
What is Leadership? • John Kotter, Harvard Business School: "A Force for Change: How leadership differs from Management" • Consistency/Order vs. Vision/Change White Water Consulting, LLC http://www.whitewaterconsultingllc.com/manage_lead.html
What is Leadership? • Tom Peters: Thriving on Chaos Master Paradox Develop an Inspiring Vision Manage by example Practice Visible Management Pay Attention! Defer to the Front Line Delegate Pursue Horizontal Management by Bashing Bureaucracy Evaluate Everyone on His or Her Love of Change Create a Sense of Urgency
Technology: The Diffusion of Innovation • Everett Rogers: Diffusion of Innovation • Etymology of Innovation (from Latin): • In: In • Novos: New
Technology is a Measure of Change • Leadership Lessons from Star Trek • Change as exemplified in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
My Field: Information-Communication Technology (ICT) • Communication is the Channel • Information is the Message • Technology is…
Leaders and Change • Leaders make change happen! • Don’t seek 100% adoption – a pipe dream! • Mark Twain on change: “Habit is habit and is not to be thrown out the window, but coaxed down the stair”
Technology is a not a magic panacea! Panacea - definition from wn panacea n : hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists [syn: nostrum, cure-all] Leaders (YOU) care about innovation!
Innovation! • Leaders are upfront and early adapters • Static vs. dynamic (Management vs. Leadership) • Anyone can “manage”, you are leaders!
Technology is a tool; tools are tools • When all you have is a hammer, all problems tend to be nails • What are the ICT tools for leaders? • "In high tech, it is as if we are moving slowly on a ship, with new technologies looming, taking shape, through a fog of unknowingness." from Harvard Business Review, July-Aug.,1996: "Increasing Returns and the New World of Business" by W. Brian Arthur • “Have the heart of the explorer” -- Jay E. Gillette
Another Activity! • Another sheet of paper!?! • Mark an “X” on where you fit in the curve… • Digital Photography • Digital Video Cameras • Portable MP3 • Blogs • Podcasting • Vodcasting • RSS • VoIP (Skype, Vonage, etc…)
Leadership in technology:Is it a skill, attitude or knowledge? What do YOU think?
The Challenge… • View technology as change; leadership as inclination to change • Questions/comments/feedback Prepared for Excellence in Leadership by Tony Piazza, 2006. Based on ideas, used with permission, by Jay E. Gillette et al, 2005.