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Martha Heller, Author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

November 05, 2012
Among other topics, Martha discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:
  • How the CIO role has evolved over the years, from focusing purely on technology to focusing more on business innovation
  • The genesis of Martha’s book The CIO Paradox, and how it describes the various responsibilities that CIOs are frequently asked to undertake, and how these responsibilities often conflict with each other
  • The characteristics of successful contemporary CIOs, which include the ability to develop strong relationships with the business and further embed IT in the business
  • How CIOs will need to focus on developing and obtaining the right talent for their teams, which will mean having individuals with a blend of technological and business expertise
  • Eye on Trends: The need to meet consumer technology demands and the increased focus on data analytics

 Martha Heller’s Biography

Martha is the President of Heller Search Associates, a Contributing Editor to CIO magazine, and the author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership.  Her book was released in October 2012 to considerable fanfare.

In her role at Heller Search Associates, Martha specializes in helping companies hire CIOs and other IT executives across multiple industries. Prior to founding Heller Search Associates, Martha was managing director of the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG Partners, a global boutique executive search firm. Before establishing her career in executive search, Martha was co-founder and managing director of CIO magazine’s CIO Executive Council, a professional organization for CIOs. At the Council, Martha developed programs that allow CIOs to share leadership development ideas and hiring and retention best practices.  Prior to that, Martha developed and directed the CIO Best Practice Exchange, a members-only network of CIOs from top-tier organizations, as well as CIO Select, a peer-to-peer program for IT executives. Before joining CIO magazine, Martha was the social sciences editor at Rutgers University Press.

Martha received her B.A. in English from Hamilton College, and her M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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