Track and Sessions Overview

From keynotes, evening events to networking or case studies, at Gartner CIO Leadership Forum 2020 you can build new business relationships, validate your thinking and expand opportunities with like-minded peers.

Creative application of new and emerging technology is in part responsible for the ascension the CIO. Strategic guidance from the CIO in defining how technology and technology trends deliver business value and ensure mission success - is compulsory, especially if an enterprise seeks to maintain its top performing organization status or disrupt a predictable paradigm to become the new industry leader.

Strategic, knowledgeable, business savvy, collaborative, entrepreneurial, adaptable and proactive define the CIO who thrives in this era of disruption, volatility and uncertainty. With volatility comes opportunity.

The CIO who delivers is embraced as a C-suite peer, commended for freely sharing IT wisdom, and known as the architect responsible for scaling digital optimization and transformation across the entire organization. 

Hot topics include:

  • Emerging & Disruptive Technologies 
  • Business / IT / Innovation Operating Models
  • Digital Disruption
  • Cost Optimization
  • Digital Ethics 

Successful CIOs are by nature effective communicators. Translating the technical discipline of information technology and information management in a way which makes sense, resonates with all, inspires a call to action, and most importantly clearly communicates the business value of IT to superiors, peers, direct reports and staff defines the attributes of a Master CIO.

When these attributes are combined with mastery of influence, persuasion, and command of non-verbal techniques to reinforce verbal communication, that CIO becomes a C-Suite leader.

In this tack we will focus on effective digital communication and storytelling, influence, becoming politically savvy, delivering effective board presentations, building one’s personal brand, stress-management and resilience. 

Hot topics include:

  • Effective Communication & Storytelling
  • Influencing Stakeholders
  • Strategies to address economic, geo-political, environmental and social turns
  • Effective Board Presentations
  • Building Your Personal Brand 

CIOs constantly need to balance agility, cost optimization, people management, operational efficiency, business effectiveness and innovation. Highly competitive landscapes bring additional pressures to the CIO role due to new complex and interdependent business models.

The best leaders know that success is achieved as part of a team effort, so doing what it takes to establish a strong, capable group of professionals is an important component of the CIO role. Healthy, high-performing teams are essential to winning in the turns. Doing this while thinking big picture, thinking business value, thinking business strategy and focusing on your own personal development is the challenge that CIOs face.

In this track we will focus on leading organization change, leading & organizing for innovation, diversity and inclusion and leading culture change.

Hot topics include:

  • Leading Organization Change
  • Optimizing performance of work teams
  • Leading / Organizing for Innovation
  • Shaping an Organization Vision
  • People, culture and the “future of work"

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