Managers who put plans into action
- By Richard W. Walker
- Apr 13, 2004
In the following pages are 10 profiles in leadership. GCN Management's Top 10 managers are largely the unsung heroes of government IT management'except to their own managers, peers and staff, who sing their praises.
The Top 10 learned their leadership skills on the job, not in an M.B.A. classroom'though many have acquired advanced degrees during their careers'but by working their way through the system and toiling behind the scenes.
They're a strikingly diverse group. They run IT at big agencies and at small agencies.
They work for military and civilian organizations with a multiplicity of missions. They work in federal and local government.
They have contrasting leadership philosophies, adapted to suit their own management styles and the idiosyncrasies of their own organizations.
What they share is a high level of exceptional accomplishment, the ability to inspire co-workers to higher achievement and a propensity for taking risks in often austere government settings.
They also have demonstrated an aptitude for innovation in striving to meet their agencies' goals and missions.
GCN's Top 10 managers were selected from 50 nominees by a panel of 14 current and former federal IT leaders, industry executives and PostNewsweek Tech Media editors. Each profile story includes a link to an expanded Q&A with each manager.
Chaired by GCN editor in chief Thomas R. Temin, the panel included Kathleen Adams, vice president and deputy director of health systems at SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va., and former deputy assistant deputy commissioner for systems at the Social Security Administration; David Borland, former Army deputy CIO; Judith Douglas, vice president of leadership development at the Council for Excellence in Government;
Also, James Flyzik, a partner with Guerra, Kiviat, Flyzik and Associates Inc. and former Treasury Department CIO; David McClure, vice president for e-government at the CEG and former director of IT management for the General Accounting Office; Elizabeth McDaniel, dean of faculty and academic programs for the Information Resources Management College at the National Defense University; Patrick Schambach, CIO of the Transportation Security Administration; and Harold Youra, president of Alliance Solutions LLC of Baltimore.
The top 10 managers will be honored at the GCN Management Leadership Conference and Awards on May 19 in Washington.