The Puzzle of Digital Leadership Styles

Rich Corbridge, CIO, Boots and Grant Ecker, Chief Architect, WBA discuss the skills needed to solve “the IT puzzle” Solving the puzzles of IT leadership In a recent Boots UK IT huddle between Grant Ecker, Chief Architect at WBA and Rich Corbridge, CIO at Boots there was a conversation about how each part of the Global IT function at… Read More

Supporting, Leading, and Developing as Pandemic-Joining Leaders.

Grant and Rich work together to drive towards the future of technology for Boots and WBA, and they have done so for more than six months now. Given that they have only seen pandemic times since assuming their roles, it has provided the entire context for each of them.    In pre-Covid times it’s clear they… Read More

Boots IT & Architecture Partnership

What do Rich Corbridge, CIO of Boots in the UK and Ireland and Grant Ecker, Chief Architect at WBA have in common? The Boots IT CIO stretching to think like an Architect? A Chief Architect stretching to think like a CIO? Sure, we could start there… but the roots are quite a bit deeper. Grant – It… Read More

CIO and CMO Collaboration – Tech Monitor

Put on here for prosperity and to link to other articles on here Boots CIO: IT and marketing colloboration is key to omnichannel success (techmonitor.ai) . Boots CIO: Collaboration with marketing underpins omnichannel succes. By Cristina Lago  09 Feb 2021 (Last Updated 10 Feb 2021) Health and beauty retailer Boots is on a mission to develop a… Read More

Change, adapt and keep moving forward…

Implementing technology in healthcare: change, adapt and keep moving forward! This is a blog I wrote in 2016 about the changes in digital health, technology and patient expectations, but after listening to some Bowie and Queen recently, I thought about the piece and it’s still as relevant as ever – and……. who doesn’t want to… Read More

Innovation & Digital Leadership – Same, same but dfferent!

NB – Slightly longer article than normal, with massive inspiration from Michael Jary and his wirtting on this subject. An article written together with the superb Sarah Moorhead. During the first month in my new job, my first role not being a CIO for over a decade, my new boss handed me a slightly terrifying… Read More

Rice ready in 60 seconds…

The ladybird guide to explaining difficult things is something that as a parent I wish we all had a copy of, after all the word why and how are every three and six year olds favourite words! In the last three months I have been involved in quite a few presentations. I was asked by… Read More

Navigating a Complex and Uncertain World

It was 2:45am when I was woken to go on deck for the hardest watch of the day: 3am-6am. That brief moment between waking and dressing was important to know what gear to wear. Quiet, easy motion indicated warm clothes and wooly hat. The violent lurches of the boat and a loud rush of water… Read More

CIO as a conductor…

First published in CIO Magazine in August 2016. A collaboration with Elaine Naughton in the  writing and development of this idea, a huge thanks to Elaine for this. In the excellent Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, he describes a discussion between Jobs and Steve Wozniak where Jobs is explaining to Woz that the role… Read More

Engagement – An Interview…

First published in HIMSS engagement and integrated care… At the 2016 EU eHealth week in Amsterdam a number of commentators made an example of the clinical and patient engagement coming out of Ireland around the digital health landscape. This from a country that until recently had made little impact on the health IT area due… Read More

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