Leading IT Through Transformation


Status Go Podcast: Episode 1

“Of all of the leaders out there in all of our industries a full 85% don’t get beyond the self authoring stage.” – Ron West

Status Go Podcast: Episode 1

“If you are disrupting yourself by being innovative then you are staying on the bleeding edge of that disruption curve”  – Ron West

Status Go Podcast: Episode 1

“It’s very difficult to let go of the known and understood.”  – Ron West

Episode 1: Leading IT Through Transformation

The role of the CIO is changing at “what seems to be a frenetic pace,” states Jeff Ton, host and Senior Vice President of Product Development and Strategic Alliances at InterVision.  This week Jeff sits down with Ron West, speaker, executive coach and trusted advisor, to discuss what type of strategies IT leaders can employ not to simply survive at this rate, but to remain out front; to innovate faster and have a clear vision as to how to advance their business.

Ron has served clients such as Samsung, Target and NASA with his overall belief that organizations grow and evolve only when their leaders grow and evolve.


Time Stamped Table of Contents

1:33 Ron’s transformation from corporate executive to coach and speaker

3:30 Defining Digital Transformation

4:59 Evolution of the CIO role from 1960s

6:42 Balancing maintenance and innovation

9:39 Team development

12:08 Must have skills and talents

15:47 The difference between mentoring and coaching

17:33 Alternative support network concepts

19:34 The CIOs role in digital disruption

22:13 The difference between Innovation and Disruption

25:56 Becoming more in tune with the business

27:35 Curiosity

29:05 The creation of additional CXO positions

32:20 What’s the one thing

34:34 What has changed



Ron West is a speaker, executive coach, trainer and trusted advisor who serves clients such as Samsung, Target and NASA. He bases his work on one core truth: Organizations grow and evolve only when their leaders grow and evolve.

Through his Chrysalis Program, he teaches executives how to spark massive change in themselves and in others. As a result, leaders take their career and their effectiveness to the next level.  And their organizations thrive in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

After guiding corporate transformations himself in a variety of C-suite roles, Ron made his own transformation in 2008, launching his current career. He is also the author of the book “Corporate Caterpillars – How to Grow Wings” and has a new book in the works.

The Technology Leader’s Guide to Digital Transformation

A business-focused perspective on how IT leaders can drive, prepare and accelerate digital transformation

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