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Edward Marx, Healthcare CIO Of The Year
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/27/2014 | 10:03:12 AM
Re: Is CIO Leadership Different?
I really appreciate Marx's sentiment about leadership by example. The best leaders in organizations where I've worked understand the difference between being hands-on during a crisis and micro-managing to the extent that competent employees doubt their own ability to solve problems. 
ChrisMurphy
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1/24/2014 | 10:51:36 PM
Re: Is CIO Leadership Different?
Ed Marx was one of 20 health IT leaders we highlighted in our 2013 IW Healthcare leadership issue. In that, he offered this perspective between strategic and hands-one work:  

Marx says the ideal CIO role in a big organization like THR should be 90% strategic and 10% operational. But when there are fires to put out, "I'm going to jump in and help my team," he says. "So my role is probably split more like 70% strategic and 30% operations."

 

http://www.informationweek.com/government/leadership/20-health-it-leaders-who-are-driving-change/d/d-id/1109910?page_number=4
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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1/24/2014 | 6:37:59 PM
Re: Is CIO Leadership Different?
Yes, that speaks to his ingenuity, and also his motivation
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cbabcock,
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1/24/2014 | 5:09:02 PM
Not cut from the mold
The fact that Marx doesn't talk technology to other executives but has a gut instinct for the technology important to the business tells me a lot. He is not cut from the common CIO mold but appears to relish the role none the less. More power to him.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/24/2014 | 4:03:48 PM
Re: Is CIO Leadership Different?
Dave, I can't say what Marx's view of himself as non-techie says about his leadership skills. He obviously has many! But your description of the heart-wrenching birth of his daughter and his role helping to figure out how to collaborate with specialists long-distance over over a 2400-baud modem, speaks volumes. 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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1/24/2014 | 10:06:17 AM
Is CIO Leadership Different?
Are the best CIOs technologists also? Marx doesn't classify himself as a techie and says in fact those with technical backgrounds need to learn all the other skills a CIO needs for success. He said he could have been equally successful in another sort of leadership role, although once he decided to focus on IT leadership he did have to learn specific skills.


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