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Lessons From A Political CIO (updated)

November 16th, 2012 · 2 Comments · CIO, technology

I have updated my write-up of the lessons I took from my time from 2006-9 as the US Department of Transportation CIO. This was published earlier this week in FedScoop, http://fedscoop.com/lessons-from-a-political-cio-2/. I repeat the update here.

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Lessons From a Political CIO by Dan Mintz CIO, Department of Transportation

February 9th, 2011 · 3 Comments · CIO, government business, leadership, technology

This morning in the Washington Post there was a column discussing the regular transition of political appointees, http://views.washingtonpost.com/leadership/fedcoach/2011/02/political-appointee-merry-go-round.html?hpid=smartliving. For those of you are are thinking of becoming a political appointee or wonder about the process, it is worth reading. In December, 2008, I wrote a column about what I learned from personally being a political […]

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A Passing Thought About Knowledge Management Systems

February 5th, 2011 · No Comments · government 2.0, government business

I have been spending time this afternoon working on my UMUC Contemporary Topics in Informatics class. One of the topics my students have been commenting on relates to information sharing. One of the questions I have posed is why are some information sharing efforts successful and some failures. A student wrote: “Who has time to […]

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On Leadership

January 24th, 2011 · No Comments · government business, leadership

I often refer to Leadership as being the ability to get people to do things when you are not in the room. For most of my professional career I did not particularly think about the differences between management and leadership. I was not in a position where it mattered particularly; I was always ‘in the […]

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Ch-ch-ch Changes, or Why I Decided to Join Powertek Corporation

February 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · government business

I recently accepted a position to serve as the Chief Operating Officer at Powertek Corporation (www.powertekcorporation.com). Powertek is an 8(a) woman-owned small business involved with all aspects of information technology, including business engineering and program management. Nancy Scott, President and CEO, and Samar Ghadry, Executive Vice-President, are both talented and delightful leaders I look forward […]

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The Big Bang Theory Hearts Firefly

February 9th, 2010 · No Comments · 2009 china solar eclipse, Entertainment, Firefly, government business, movies, Serenity, travel

For those who knew me when I was the CIO at the US Department of Transportation, you will know that I held a monthly lunch with a small band of fans of both the TV show Firefly, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly_(TV_series), and the movie Serenity, http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/serenity/. For references to this, see the end of the interview I gave […]

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