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Just was wondering if anyone was going to modify this letter to reflect higher education and then send if off the their campus president (http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Expert-Voices/An-Open-Letter-to-Your-CEO-W...)? If you were planning to, would you mind sharing your modifications back with the list? I'm sure several folks will want to push it out and up. Best of luck, Patrick P.S. Oh, and if you do, here is another link you might find useful... http://bit.ly/n3JTV || |||| ||| || | | || ||| || ||| || | | ||| || ||| || Patrick Masson Chief Technology Officer, UMassOnline The University of Massachusetts, Office of the President 333 South St., Suite 400, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (774) 455-7615: Office (774) 455-7620: Fax (970) 4MASSON: GoogleVoice UMOLPatMasson: AIM massonpj: Skype Web Site: http://www.umassonline.net Blog: http://www.umassonlineblog.com ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Patrick-

I'll take the bait! 

Direct answer: no. (Not looking to use that second link soon!)  But there are some transferrable lessons from Schiller's amusing piece. Between you and me (hi, list!), I think his letter is really aimed at CIOs, and just addressed to CEOs to get our attention. The first two of his three points seem like part of my job description. 

1. (set realistic expectations) My job definitely includes helping the CEO and other execs to understand what is reasonable, at what cost, and with what strategic ramifications.

2. (teach the business) This is where I spend a ton of my time, only I call it "governance", ie helping all the constituents, inside and outside IT, participate in effective decision-making. That requires getting to know one another, and shared learning is the inevitable result.

The third one, well, I'm game but we don't roll that way :-)

Ethan

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I don't know Patrick, I'm just glad I've never worked for the kind of boss described in this article! - Mark -- Mark Berman, Chief Information Officer MCLA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA. 01247 413-662-5062 Please respect the environment and do not print this message. "Masson, Patrick" writes: >Just was wondering if anyone was going to modify this letter to reflect >higher education and then send if off the their campus president >(http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Expert-Voices/An-Open-Letter-to-Your-CEO-W...)? >If you were planning to, would you mind sharing your modifications back >with the list? I'm sure several folks will want to push it out and up. > >Best of luck, >Patrick > >P.S. Oh, and if you do, here is another link you might find useful... >http://bit.ly/n3JTV > > >|| |||| ||| || | | || ||| || ||| || | | ||| || ||| || >Patrick Masson >Chief Technology Officer, UMassOnline >The University of Massachusetts, Office of the President >333 South St., Suite 400, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 > >(774) 455-7615: Office >(774) 455-7620: Fax >(970) 4MASSON: GoogleVoice >UMOLPatMasson: AIM >massonpj: Skype > >Web Site: http://www.umassonline.net >Blog: http://www.umassonlineblog.com >********** >Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent >Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. > ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.