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AITP and CIO Executive Council to Pilot Leadership Program

Sunday, August 29, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Association Programs Committee
The Association Programs Committee received approval from the Association Board to enter into a partnership with CIO Executive Council to deliver a customized AITP-branded Pathways program for mid-level and senior-level IT managers.

Enhance Your AITP Member Experience

The Association continually looks to enhance membership value through innovative avenues that provide personal and professional development. Our partnership with CIO Magazine's Executive Council and the Pathways Leadership Development Program is yet another opportunity for AITP members to participate in cutting edge education and leadership training initiatives. Through our partnership, AITP members receive a significantly discounted rate to enroll in the program.

Turning today's IT professionals into tomorrow's IT business leaders.

Developed by the CIO Executive Council, Pathways is a unique, flexible, self-managed, self-paced professional development program that brings together best practices, thought leadership and group mentoring for today's most promising IT business leaders.

As a Pathways participant, the CIO Executive Council works with you to advance your Business, Technology and Leadership skills to prepare you for the next big step in your career.

Core Areas of Professional Development

The Pathways program is designed around three distinct areas of professional development - Business, Technology and Leadership. The program begins with a robust Executive Competencies Assessment, accompanied by 360-degree assessments. Pathways participants identify their unique strengths and growth opportunities across nine executive competencies, as determined by Egon Zehnder International, a global executive recruiter and talent assessment firm. The results of these assessments help tailor participation across the three core areas of professional development offered by the program: Business, Technology and Leadership.

Business Development

With IT becoming increasingly indistinguishable from the business operations with which it aligns and partners, the leaders of IT must adapt. For this reason, Pathways incorporates a business component to ensure that senior IT leaders develop the sensibility to become senior business leaders. Business-ready IT executives with proven strategic thinking skills will be better positioned as IT leaders of the future especially in today's global competitive economy.

The primary business development offering is group mentoring, a structured and guided program to:
  • Connect in highly interactive discussion forums
  • Interact within small groups matched with one veteran CIO
  • Continually review professional challenges in a supportive environment
  • Take advantage of the counsel of a seasoned CIO
  • Mentors and mentees from different industries and companies form a tight community bond.
Through this business community, day to day challenges are discussed as well as longer term suggestions for improvement are shared, all in a trusted positive environment.

Technology Development

Online global communities share peer-to-peer management insights across Pathways' five technology practice areas. These groups offer a setting where challenges and best practices can be shared with other IT executives in the following functional areas:
  • Applications - Applications-related responsibilities, including application development, enterprise application implementation, software systems integration, data warehousing and desktop applications.
  • Infrastructure and Operations - Responsibility for everything from ITIL to VoIP, including data center management, data and voice networks, client devices, hardware refresh cycles, and management of IT operations staff.
  • IT Strategy and Architecture - Developing and deploying IT strategy, creating and sustaining governance, and translating business models and processes into IT architecture.
  • Project and Portfolio Management - Responsibility for major projects, a project management office, or managing the full portfolio of projects in an organization.
  • Risk Management and Compliance - Responsibilities that include IT security, disaster recovery and business continuity, and compliance with a wide variety of governmental and industry standards.
Leadership Development

Experienced IT leaders from within the CIO Executive Council lead seminars and teleconferences enabling participants to capitalize on the CIOs personal expertise and knowledge. The seminar curriculum framework is based on the nine executive competencies and follows a highly interactive format providing Pathways participants the ability to learn from the direct experience of the seminar leader as well as their peers.

In addition to the specific program services available to improve leadership skills, business savvy and applicability of technology, the CIO Executive Council powers the online platform behind Pathways, with more than 1000 resources contributed by CIOs, exclusive to the Pathways membership and available via a password-protected knowledge repository portal.

The AITP-Pathways will offer 4 programs customized for mid-level and senior-level IT managers and executives at a discounted rate. Consultants and vendors are not eligible for enrollment. The Association Programs Committee is working with CIO Executive Council to launch a special introductory program in 4th quarter. Watch for more details.

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