When you meet Joe Puglisi, see him moderating a panel on stage, or
participate in his SIM members in transition calls, you instantly know he’s
someone you can learn a lot from.
Joe was one of several key contributors to a recent
Coffee with Digital Trailblazers, where we discussed who the right people are to lead digital
transformation initiatives. Several of us collaborated after the episode and
identified 50 attributes of Digital Trailblazers (publishing soon) that we
organized into five competency areas. You can read more about the
Digital Trailblazer Competency Areas
and watch the video where I share
my top five Digital Trailblazer Attributes.
Joe is the second leader I interviewed around the Digital Trailblazer
Attributes, and he spoke from a board member, investor, and long-time CIO’s
Martin Davis was
the first interviewee, and he spoke from a CIO and now CIO advisor’s vantage
point. Watch Joe, Martin, and my episodes; you’ll see some common leadership
styles and other areas where we address transformation goals from different
perspectives. I embedded all three episodes at the bottom of this post.
Advice on presenting to the Board of Directors
The defining topic of Joe’s episode is his advice on presenting to Boards.
Joe believes a Digital Trailblazer’s most important transformation
competency area is to be a savvy presenter, and he shares five key
recommendations specifically on presenting to Boards. Whether you’re an
experienced CIO who’s presented to Boards many times or your first time
presenting to the Board, Joe’s simple advice will help you prepare and
present an appropriate level of detail.
“Don’t assume that they don’t understand anything, and the flip side of that
is don’t assume that they do understand everything, so make your
presentation crystal clear,” says Joe.
If you’re readying yourself to collaborate at the board level, see my recent
five mistakes IT leaders make at board meetings.
Remain calm: Target’s on a Digital Trailblazer’s back
Both Joe and I identified remaining calm and regulating emotions as a top
leadership attribute of Digital Trailblazers. Staying calm amidst the
detractors, crises, and other obstacles is easier to talk about than follow, and I
share some of my challenges in Chapters 2, 9, and 10 of
Joe reminds everyone that “poop occurs, and there’s no point panicking.” He
recommends following his RCatT principle, “Remain Calm at all Times.”
Digital Trailblazers must be
lifelong learners. I highly recommend watching Joe and Martin’s episodes on who the right
people are to lead digital transformation initiatives.
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Joe Puglisi: Board Director, Investor, CIO
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Who are the Right People to Lead Digital Transformation Initiatives
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