The quest for technology leadership

The CIO is an essential piece of the puzzle.
By Dianne King
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/23/2001

Technological development has spawned a tremendous number of new business initiatives, business channels, even new business categories. Understandably, such rapid growth has sparked fierce competition among firms for top managerial talent. Today, technology can shape the fine line between market dominance and mere existence. In the pursuit of technological advantage over competitors, the presence of exceptional high-tech leaders is an absolutely critical factor.

Great leadership is often easy to recognize, but difficult to define, especially since the differences between leading and managing can be unclear. Management is, of course, essential to keeping the complicated system of people and technologies that is a company running smoothly. A technology manager focuses on day-to-day operational realities, including planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, controlling and problem-solving. A manager also keeps an eye on the next one- to six-month horizon to ensure that present efforts are aimed in the right direction.

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