Don't Mention a No-hitter

Being a little behind on my consolidation updates, I feel it’s important to tell you up front that it went so well. Honestly, I felt like a pitcher with a no-hitter in progress, and the superstitious part of me wanted to keep it going that way by mentioning it to no one. It went well-- not so much because of my pitching, but because I knew that I had a great team around me making sure no one got on base-- good pitches from me or not.  
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Teamwork

I had a chance to go to my favorite vacation getaway a couple of weeks back… Corea, Maine. We have family there and one of them, Ed (we share the same name and birthday) is a Lobsterman. In fact his son, Aidan is now getting into the business and runs his own traps so I volunteered to go out with Aden and his friend Sam and work on the boat.  
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Consolidations

I can always appreciate having a team around that sees and clarifies what I don’t. Sometimes leaders of comprehensive initiatives are simply too close to the situation or tunnel vision-focused on the end goal. Even the highest of achievers often step back to evaluate their communication efforts and sometimes realize they maybe did not communicate as well as they thought they had along the way. 
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Blog: Rebranding

This month we are introducing our new logo! Why? 
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Blog: It's been a Great Year: What have I learned?

The end of my first year is here. Being new to the public sector, what have I learned? 
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Blog: Centralized vs Decentralized IT - Is there a middle ground?

State CIO’s are obligated to provide IT services in a cost effective and efficient manner. This was made clear to me during my appointment process as CIO of Nebraska. With that goal in mind I began research on business approaches that exist across State government. Through my investigation which included internet searches and speaking to other CIOs across the country, I found that the majority of State government IT organizational structures consist of two basic approaches: centralized and decentralized. All services are provided by a central organization in the centralized model, while the decentralized approach is characterized by State agencies managing their IT functions as independent departments within the agencies. Both approaches have pros and cons, with advocates writing a multitude of articles basically supporting one approach or the other with only a few supporting a hybrid model.
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Blog: Continuing our Journey

As shared in previous blogs, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is always looking for opportunities to improve information technology services to our customers. A great deal of interesting work is being done in all of our groups but I wanted to highlight the Network and Open Systems teams in this Blog.
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Blog: Digging by Seamus Heaney

I have written past blogs about many topics related to specific work being done at the OCIO. This one is in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and some additional core values that I admire: tradition and work ethic.
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Blog: Caution you are entering your comfort zone?

I know, getting “outside your comfort zone” is as cliché as saying “think outside of the box”. Your comfort zone is where you perform activities and behaviors that are routine and minimize stress and risk.
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2016 – The Year of Execution

During my first 6 months, the OCIO team has spent our time planning and executing on the immediate needs of the State of Nebraska. We are now in the closure of those first six months and moving into the next steps phase of our plan.
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