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3rd Monday Event

Deadly Diseases that Kill IT leaders by Dr Jonathan M Mitchell

Date: Monday, 18th January 2016
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Going Ahead


The shelf–life of a Chief Information Officer can be shockingly short. Few survive in post for more than a few years.

More often each falls prey to insurmountable problems and their careers come to a sharp and ignominious end. "Deadly Diseases that Kill IT leaders" sees Jonathan, a global CIO with over thirty years of experience in major corporations, examine the main reasons why this happens.

Aspiring IT Leaders will need to deal with a common set of recurring trials and challenges. These include:

  • Overcoming the challenge of managing diverse and conflicting stakeholders

  • How to deal with large and complex projects

  • Making sense of software and how to handle the rapidly changing technology landscape

  • Knowing when to outsource and how to get the best out of an outsourcing partner

  • Harnessing the intellectual power of consultants to help you meet your goals

    Jonathan's presentation will explore which types of issue can cause problems for an IT Leader and more importantly, advise on strategies for how these problems can be minimized or even avoided.

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    About the Presenter

    Dr Jonathan M Mitchell is an IT executive with over 30 years of experience in global blue-chip companies.

    For nearly a decade he was the Chief Information Officer, Business Process Improvement Director and Corporate Development Director at Rolls-Royce. Prior to that he built a successful IT career at BP and GlaxoSmithKline, where he rose to become a Vice President.

    In recent years he has appeared in lists of the most influential Global CIOs in Information Week, CIO Magazine and Computer Weekly.

    Jonathan is a founder of CIO Strategic Advisors Ltd, a company which provides strategic consultancy and development for Executive teams using a network of respected former-CIOs. In 2014, he became the Non-Executive Chairman of the Global CIO Practice at Harvey Nash, one of the largest IT recruitment companies in the world. He has also been working as an independent industry expert with the UK Shadow Cabinet to develop a rescue plan for a major welfare IT project.

    Jonathan is a member of the Advisor Board for the Centre for Information Leadership at City University and collaborates with the CASS Business School's Executive Education unit. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered IT Professional and a past Chairman of the UK Corporate IT Forum.

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