Business leaders must think holistically and be technically excellent, savvy businesspersons, socially responsible, champions of complex humans and drivers of dreams.Brett Eddy, EVP Strategic Development
Brett Eddy, RPI’s EVP of Strategic Development, recently delivered a speech at the MidTech Summit in Las Vegas to inspire CIOs on how to lead technical people, build highly functional teams and make a difference.
It’s no surprise that Brett was chosen for this role, as he came into RPI to precisely to do just that. In his tenure at RPI, he has been responsible for the successful launch of our UOS (Universal Order Service) technology to distribute orders across all our global locations, as well as filing successful patents to protect our technology investments. Now in charge of emerging technologies, Brett is leading RPI into some new software ventures that we’re excited to share with you very soon.
A passionate advocate of innovative business incubations at RPI, Brett has many years of experience in leading technical teams from web-based startups to Enterprise IT at Microsoft. Peppering his speech with his usual sci-fi and pop culture references, Brett breaks down the secret to his success in 4 simple points:
1) The Leadership Dilemma
Business leaders of today are ill-equipped to lead technical people. There exists a gap between business acumen and technology acumen. It’s the role of the business leader to be the simplifier, translator and magician, while remaining grounded.
2) The Leadership Solution
Businesses need both the technical leaders and those they lead (the technical braintrust) more than ever in order to maintain relevance. Business leaders must think holistically and be technically excellent, savvy businesspersons, socially responsible, champions of complex humans and drivers of dreams. Great leaders always do one thing well – they inspire others to achieve great things.
3) The Leadership Reality
Technical cats (to borrow Brett’s phrase) are not like other cats. What motivates them is challenge, opportunity, environments, teams and missions. CIOs, CTOs and Tech Leads have a huge opportunity to be the champions of what’s possible.
4) The Leadership Vision
The effective leader of technical people must be different (and be capable) in order to be successful. Brett describes the ideal composition of this leader as part alpha wolf, part psychologist and part sensei. Yet, it’s always important for leaders to keep their sights on what is important to them and their teams.
To learn more about Brett’s leadership philosophy or to have a fascinating discussion about disruptive technologies, contact Brett.