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An Executive’s Schedule – “A Day in the Life of a CIO”

Do you ever wonder how other successful career minded401k Compensation Hiring Talent Value Worker Workers Workforce advice bill.inman bill_inman billinman blog blogging blogs brand career careerhacker consulting education employee employment entrepreneur entrepreneurship goals growth hr human_capital humanresources job jobboard jobs jobsearch labor life management me networking office personal personalgrowth promotion recruiting recruitment resume salary temp temporary unemployment success professionals schedule and invest their time? Computerworld offers an short yet insightful look into the schedule of a prominent healthcare Chief Information Officer. John Halamka as CIO at both Beth Israel Deconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School has seemingly achieved career success retaining a position of high responsibility. Here is a look into a recent workday’s schedule for Mr. Halamka, as outlined in by Computerworld :

  • 5 a.m. Write annual IT report for Harvard Medical
  • 6 a.m. Work on several Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
    Center strategic plans:

    • E-prescribing rollout
    • Radiology provisional/wet reads workflow
    • Ambulatory medical record support for travel clinic immunizations
  • 8 a.m. Visit Occupational Health Office for mandated
    yearly TB test
  • 8:30 a.m. Meet with senior vice president of quality
    to discuss plans for:

    • Infectious disease surveillance
    • Medication reconciliation in outpatient procedural areas
  • 9 a.m. Complete human subjects/Institutional Review
    Board submissions for two upcoming grants
  • 10 a.m. Interview with Computerworld
  • 11 a.m. Tape an e-prescribing video for the Healthcare
    Information and Management Systems Society
  • Noon. Write and send enterprise e-mail about daylight-saving
    time IT issues
  • 1 p.m. Attend Revenue Cycle Project steering committee
  • 3 p.m. Review 2007 disaster recovery plans
  • 5 p.m. Dentist appointment
  • 6 p.m. Dinner with family
  • 8 p.m. E-mail
  • 10 p.m. Practice Japanese flute

Thats roughly 11.5 hours of work, 1.5 hours of personal appointments, 2 hours with family, and 1-2 hours of personal time (hobbies). For some that may seem like a heavy commitment, but consider that the average CIO makes about $165,00 annually (click here for more information).

A Day in the Life of a CIO. [Computerworld]

Also see:

Tapping the Power of Your Morning Routine

Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

Getting Your Ideas Noticed at Work

Penelope Trunk discusses “How to get your company to listen to your ideas” at her Blog Brazen Careerist. Penelope states that “most employees don’t sell their ideas to their company properly.” “When you have an idea, sell from the perspective of the people who can make or break your outcome. Think about what obstacles would stand in the way for the decision maker, and then you do the work of making a plan to overcome them,” says Penelope.

In her blog post Ms. Trunk introduces Jeff Snipes, CEO of Ninth House, an online training company. Snipes presents the following 3 tips to presenting your ideas to your corporate decision makers in an ’emotionally intelligent’ manner:

How to get your company to listen to your ideas


Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

Then and Now – CEOs

Everybody starts their career somewhere,even CEOs. Below are some interesting profiles of CEOs and how they broke into the business world:

Gary Kelly

CEO, Southwest Airlines


  • First job after college:CPA for Arthur Young & Co. in Dallas
  • Responsibilities: staff auditor,CPA
  • Annual pay (2006 dollars): $47,996
  • College: University of Texas,Austin
  • Degree:BBA, accounting
  • Year of graduation: 1977


  • Started with Southwest: 1986
  • First job title: controller
  • Current annual pay (2005): $748,699 Stock options (2005): 10,617
  • Company sales (2005):$7.6 billion 
  • Net income (2005): $548 million
  • Employees (2005): 31,000
  • Other companies on resume: Systems Center
  • “[My first job] was an awesome learning experience about working with people and about business. And it was a lot of work. I had the second-highest overtime in the Dallas office”

Judy McGrath

CEO, MTV Networks


  • First job after college: writer, WEJL, Scranton, Pa.
  • Responsibilities: writing copy for radio DJs Annual pay (2006 dollars): NA (“I had six roommates in a one-bedroom apartment, if that tells you anything.”)
  • College: Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pa.
  • Degree: bachelor’s, English literature
  • Year of graduation: 1974


  • First job title: writer, on-air promotion/creative director
  • Company sales (2005): $6.8 billion
  • Net profits (2005): $2.6 billion
  • Other companies on resume: Condé Nast, Rock the Vote
  • “Trust your own instincts, but know that the listener/reader is the boss. And music is the highest art.”

Andrew C. Taylor

CEO, Enterprise Rent-A-Car


  • First job after college: RLM Leasing, a Ford Motor affiliate in San Francisco
  • Responsibilities: leasing and sales
  • Annual pay (2006 dollars): $54,409
  • College: University of Denver
  • Degree: bachelor’s, business administration
  • Year of graduation: 1970


  • Started with Enterprise: 1964
  • First job title: car prep and management trainee during high school Company sales (2005): $8.2 billion
  • Employees (2005): 65,000
  • Other companies on resume: none
  • “I started learning this business when I was 16, washing cars at one of our St. Louis offices. At the time, Enterprise was primarily local leasing company with few locations. Now we have more than 6,900 locations worldwide….I’m proud of our growth and dedication to customer and employee satisfaction — the things that have made this incredible ride possible.”

View more profiles at: First Jobs: Lessons Learned. [BusinessWeek Onlne]

Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

Implement the Kaizen Philosophy in Your Career

The good news first – Kaizen won’t require more than 30 seconds of your time each day. All that is required is that you pay attention so what you are thinking, and focus on setting simple and completely achievable goals. The Kaizen way suggests that you take small steps toward continuous improvement, instead of attempting to create radical change that you won’t be able to keep up with and sustain over time.

So instead of declaring, this New Year, what you will not do you might think of one small thing you could do every day that is easily attainable. This can be something as simple as deciding to eat one bite less of dessert or taking 15 seconds in the bathroom every day to breathe deeply three times. That’s all you have to do, just take one tiny step whether it’s a new thought, or a new action.

Kaizen is a gentle easy approach to problem solving that will enable you to attain your goal over time. When you implement simple small steps, you avoid triggering the fear and stress response in the brain, which are often what blocks success and the achievement of desired goals.

Sound too simple and ridiculous to be effective? Well consider this. After World War II, the entire Japanese economy was devastated. Dr. W. Edwards Denning introduced the principle of continuous improvement as a management strategy. Thousands of business managers enrolled into Management Training Programs and embraced the principle now known as Kaizen.

As we know, the post-war economy of Japan improved dramatically and productivity soared. Today the most successful business leaders in the world are starting to incorporate the Kaizen way into every area of their organisations.

Wikipedia Kaizen. [Wikipedia]

Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

Improve Your Career Fitness

career-fitness.gifAlthea DeBrule, of Extreme Career Makeover, provides the following 10 Career Fitness Tips:

  1. Set Goals You Know You Can Reach. Keep your goals realistic. Unrealistic goals leave many people feeling like a failure even after a career success. Rather than feeling good about what has been accomplished, many feel dissatisfied because they have not yet attained their dream career. To manage your expectations, set reasonable goals, that can be worked on and achieved.
  2. Divide your career goals into manageable pieces. Bite off only what you can chew at any given moment. Resist the urge to multi-task when working on your career goals. If you overdo it and push yourself by trying to accomplish everything at once, you will become discouraged and lose your motivation.
  3. Work On Your Goals One At A Time. Prioritize your career goals and then work to achieve the first one. Continue to tackle each subsequent goal by completing it before starting the next one. Before you know it you will have accomplished all of your career objectives.
  4. Make Modest Changes To Your Work Habits. There are a number of “baby steps” you can take to advance your career. Instead of fantasizing about the perfect career, apply creative thinking and implement a few “quick wins” to boost your career.
  5. Develop A Career Roadmap. A career roadmap helps you find the best route or direction to take to achieve your career objectives. List the actions you will take to ensure an interesting, challenging and rewarding career that uses your best strengths and natural talents.
  6. Increase Your Focus. To stay challenged and to progress towards your ultimate career goal, gradually increase the intensity and focus your efforts as you follow your Career Roadmap.
  7. Make It A “Whole-Person” Experience. Your career is more than just one or a series of jobs. A well-rounded career includes a balance of healthy personal relationships, work, and recreation (fun). To avoid boredom, make sure you include others who have a stake in your career and activities you truly enjoy.
  8. Celebrate. Whenever you achieve a goal, do something nice for yourself. Make sure it’s more than just a pat on the back or verbal acknowledgement; make it worthwhile.
  9. Consult A Career Management Specialist. If you’re serious about advancing your career, hire a professional to help you get the most from your career activities and to motivate you to stick with your plans.
  10. Get A Career Fitness Partner. Find a mentor or colleague who is willing to be your career fitness partner. Choose someone who will motivate and challenge you when you want to quit. Or, form a support group with co-workers who share similar career interests.

[Althea DeBrule- Extreme Career Makeover]

Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *

10 Tips to Earning Respect at Work

Respect. Career Hacker Bill InmanLooking for more respect at the office? Here are 10 tips to earning it:

1. Consistently complete projects on time
2. Refrain from complaining or criticizing
3. Follow through on your commitments
4. Speak up in meetings, but don’t dominate the discussion.
5. Know your stuff
6. Be willing to engage in difficult conversations
7. Communicate with confidence
8. Stay off the grapevine (gossip)
9. Take time to genuinely connect with people
10. Treat people the way you want to be treated

How to Earn Respect at the Office. [Relational Advantage, Inc.]

 Also see:

Gaining Office Respect is Key to Your Career. [Careerhacker – Oct 22, 2006]

Career Hacker * * By Bill Inman *