At E2 Radio, we have executive coaches and experienced executives doling out advice for our readers all the time (check out the CIO Zone if you don't believe me). But until Tuesday, we've never brought them together to talk shop.
On Tuesday, May 28, Enterpriseefficiency.com brings together CIO Michael Hugos and CEO and executive coach Kimberly Gerber to talk about the importance of communication skills to the CIO. Tune in at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT/-4 GMT) for an episode you won't want to miss.
Let's face it. We all know that IT folks aren't always known for their communication skills. CIOs rising through the IT ranks sometimes struggle with being thrust in a role requiring so much effective communication with the business side. At the same time, we know a lot of CIOs these days are rising through the business side and find themselves struggling to talk to these geeks they suddenly find themselves in charge of. Michael and Kimberly will have some ideas on just how CIOs can improve their verbal and non-verbal communication skills as well as their leadership.
As is often said, "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy." That's why we've decided to bring a coach and a CIO together. We don't just want to talk about the theory of good executive communication, but also the practice. We're going to talk about how those theories match the real world and maybe just when to throw the book out and start trusting your own instincts. Both of our guests have no shortage of leadership experience.
Described by peers as innovative, results-oriented, and driven, Kimberly Gerber, CEO of Excelerate Inc., shares more than two decades of experience leading Fortune 500 companies, C-level executives, entrepreneurs, millennials, and high-potential employees toward real results. As president of Excelerate, Kimberly is responsible for designing and leading popular coaching and skills training programs that help participants master the art of communication. Excelerate serves both large and small organizations, among them several Fortune 500 companies, including Verizon Wireless, Allergan, Whirlpool, Dow Chemical, Invensys, MeadWestvaco, Genentech, and Southern California Edison. Prior to Excelerate, Kimberly served as marketing director of Starbucks Coffee's largest business unit and as marketing director for Fleetwood Enterprises. As cofounder of San Diego-based California Home Care in 1994, Kimberly also played an instrumental role in driving million-dollar operational growth in just six months.
Michael Hugos is an author, speaker, and principal at Center for Systems Innovation. His work combines serious games, big-data, and business agility with a focus on supply chains. He has designed and developed supply chain visibility and coordination systems for organizations such as Microsoft, Starbucks, and the US Navy Medical Logistics Command. Previously, he spent six years as chief information officer of a multibillion-dollar distribution organization. For this work he won the CIO 100 Award, the InformationWeek 500 Award, and the Premier 100 Award. He is author of eight books, including his newest book, Enterprise Games: Using Game Mechanics to Build a Better Business. He can be reached via his website.
You're going to want to join me, Kimberly, and Michael as we explore the skills every CIO or every soon-to-be CIO needs. Register here and join us at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) on May 28.