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The Paradox of Great Talent

We see the battle for talent globally and it’s no different for Grant Ecker, Chief Architect at WBA and Rich Corbridge, CIO at Boots who both acknowledge the criticality of building strong teams and the paradox that exists in finding, developing and retaining top talent. If you’ve recruited the best talent in the market, these individuals won’t stay stationary in… Read More

Boots and BCS – Professionalisation of IT.

Every CIO is striving for the professionalisation of IT in some way or another.  In some cases, CIOs are doing it to make recruitment and retention easier; in other cases, it’s to position IT in the best possible way within their organisation. Elsewhere, it’s because CIOs believe it is quite simply the right thing to… Read More

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

Change Cycle and My Guardrails…

Organisational change, restructure of teams, development of new structures, org charts, words that fill me with dread and excitement in equal measure. In 2021 what is THE ideal structure of a function that is set up to deliver the foundations of digital transformation and how do we create a culture (and an operating model) that… Read More

Digital and the commodity world…

I was reading a Pitchfork retrospective article about the seminal electronic band Boards of Canada the other day and a phrase came up, Avoiding the timely, they aim to achieve the timeless …and I fell in love with what it means and how it can be applied to what we try to do with digital… Read More

Collaborative ways and the resource of the future…

The key resource in 2020 for the delivery of healthcare to populations around the world is… people, friends, colleagues; human beings that we need to work with day in and day out to keep ‘the show on the road’, and we didn’t even need a drum roll! A crisis tells us this; facts tell us… Read More

The make-up of great leadership…

“Imagine that the Clash had stayed around to be influenced by 3rd Bass, the Young Disciples and Marshall Jefferson. Or Soul II Soul had been inspired as much by Public Image Limited’s ‘Metal Box’ as Public Enemy or that the soundtrack to Taxi Driver was influenced by Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’. Imagine that… 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

#CIO100 The 2019 edition…

Being part of the CIO100 has meant something to me every year that I have taken part, this year I didn’t make the event itself and it looks like it was a roaring success from the photos on social media and the WhatsApp commentary from so many of the CIOs that were there. Being able… Read More

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