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A head for business

Byron Connolly | May 26, 2014
Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Jon Kenton talks about his elevation up the c-suite, how technology is transforming legal firms, and why CIOs think the way they do.

"There's a whole bunch of research that says if you want to get more ideas out of people, encourage their ideas. If you sit in a room and they ask 'how about this?' and you say 'that won't work', it immediately shuts down the conversation," he says.

"Work out what you can do to eliminate the negatives. Focus on the qualitative aspects of [an idea] and work out how to [uncover] the positives."

4. Have some vision

Think about the technology function as a business itself, says Kenton."It's important to have a strategy and vision of what you are trying to do and how that ties into the business strategy," he says.

"It's important to be able to express that in a concise way ... so people understand what you are doing and how it fits into the business, rather than [being viewed] as the person who makes the telephones work and the PC turn on."

Source: CIO Australia


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