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Powerful Leaders Empower Others

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

The challenge for leaders is to deploy influence, often beyond their formal authority, to foster unity of purpose and effort. The secrets to success are communication, coordination, and collaboration.At the ICIT 2020 Virtual Fall briefing: A Secure Roadmap for the Future, Scott Sloan, the Veritas Senior Director of Pre-Sales Engineering, interviewed Colonel Bobby Saxon, Ret. who is the Deputy CIO at the Office of Information Technology Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). They talked about how leaders can recover from crises, learn valuable lessons, build resilient frameworks, foster unity, and help their organization become more proactive. The twelve key takeaways from their conversation were:

  1. Identify Qualified Personnel and Ask Them What They Need

  2. Culture Change Is Necessary

  3. Large Problems Are Less Daunting When Divided into Smaller Tasks

  4. Lead through Empowerment

  5. Think Forward

  6. Openly Collaborate with Stakeholders

  7. Foster a Culture of Education and Growth

  8. Compliance is Not Security

  9. Tie Security to Essential Business Functions

  10. Recognize Silver Linings

  11. Be Flexible

  12. Identify and Mitigate Risk

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ICIT 2020 Fall Briefing Fireside Chat with Colonel (ret) Bobby Saxon, Deputy Chief Information Officer, CMS


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