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CIO Solutions Gallery Breakfast

CIO Solutions Gallery


Dates: May 16, 2019
Location: Blackwell Hotel and Pfahl Hall

“Effective Communications In Revolutionary Times”

Time moves quickly for all of us.  Microsoft introduced PowerPoint to Office users thirty years ago, and the World Wide Web was created just one year later.  The power of our overall productivity and communication then began to accelerate.

Yet as the legendary management consultant Peter Drucker said concerning communication, “The most important thing is hearing what isn’t said.”   Thanks to advances in our digital technologies, the tools we now use in our communications and insight discovery have advanced dramatically in those past 30 years, and we now “hear” a lot better.

However, in today’s largely paperless offices the cloud now allows companies to send virtually limitless volumes communication to employees, customers and service partners,…forever changing not only the frequency with which we interact, but also the methods.  As a result, a growing question we have all now begun to seriously ask ourselves is “How much is too much?”  When does our enhanced “speaking” and “hearing” become overwhelmed, and our ultimate decision latency starts extending versus shortening?

Effective communication takes many forms.  How do you personally find a balance that assures your vital communications remain optimized?  Please join us in our second quarterly session of 2019, where you will learn lessons from those who have gone before in this revolutionary journey.

The “CIO Solutions Gallery™” series is an ongoing nationally acclaimed forum where senior IT leaders and their business peers come together in a comfortable setting to share their experiences and insights, as well as collectively and collaboratively attack common issues.  Uniquely organized around “peer learning”, this provocative program has received high praise among participating CIOs and other senior executives in the technology and/or operations leadership community.   It helps to build an improved and creative personal network of peers and executives devoted to sharing best practices, renewing their skills on an ongoing basis, and raising the level of technical “literacy” and effectiveness within their organizations.   

There is no cost to invited senior leaders.  Sponsoring opportunities are available for invited technology product and service providers. 


7:00am          Breakfast Available   

8:10am          Welcoming   

Speaker:        Mr. Bob Mick

                      Director; Professional Programs
                      The Ohio State University College of Engineering

8:15am          Opening Introduction

Speaker:        Mr. Bruce Barnes
                      Program Co-Founder 
                      Host For The Session

8:20am          “Communications In Enhancing Value Delivery

Revolutionary times are full of shifting complexities that challenge even the most seasoned leaders.  For the last 25 years, The Standish Group has studied this closely, incredibly synthesizing over 100,000 project profiles down into to only a few hundred corresponding success factors, and then from there down to only 3 top success principles,…all of which align with the root causes of ultimate project success.  These results may surprise you.  Test yourselves.  How do your organizations match up?

Speaker:        Mr. James H. Johnson
                      Dreamer and Chairman
                      The Standish Group

9:15am          “Communications In Converting Listening Into Action”  

It is said we only have about an eight-second attention span.  In the midst of rising pressure in constantly evolving situations, this limitation can not only hinder our ability to express awareness, but also hinder the listener’s focus in then acting upon it.  Take one monstrously important area for all of us for example, cybersecurity.  How can our communications methods help move us from basic cybersecurity awareness to true cybersecurity habits?

Speaker:        Ms. Betsy Hubbard
                      Founder and President
                      Mindset Digital                 

10:15am        Break

10:30am        “Communications In Shifting Times, Businesses and Platforms

Past success does not guarantee future success, as complacency can kill any change effort.  As successful organizations further advance their business models and environments in these revolutionary times, on-their-game executives realize that needed employee engagement must be addressed not only through its intellectual appeal, but also through its emotional and behavioral reactions.  Listen to one such story, and how one truly outstanding executive is helping to lead that charge.

Speaker:        Mr. John Kessler
                      SVP and Chief Strategy Officer
                      Motorists Insurance Group

11:30am        Session Summary Of Key Points/Action Items, And A Last Word

Speakers:      Mr. Bruce Barnes
                      Program Co-Founder      

11:45am        Adjournment