When James Collins recently announced that he will be ending his public service career in Delaware government on Sept. 11, 2020, the stories, press releases and accolades started pouring in from around the country.
Here are three of the articles covering the big announcement last week:
- Government Technology Magazine: James Collins, a Staple of Government IT, Bound for Microsoft
- State of Delaware News – Delaware.gov: Governor Carney Announces Departure of CIO James Collins
- Technical.ly Delaware: Delaware CIO James Collins is moving on to Microsoft
Nevertheless, from this blogger’s perspective, these articles do not go deep enough to highlight the impact, skill, thoughtfulness and wit that made Mr. Collins so immensely successful in Delaware government leadership and as the President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) during their 50th anniversary year (celebrated in October 2019).
James is a one of the best communicators I have ever known who has the rare gift of helping audiences (large and small) feel relaxed and respected. But beyond his natural humor, he is smart and intentional – with a plan and reason for doing what he’s doing.
Indeed, so much more can be said, and learned, from CIO James Collins that I endeavored to capture this moment in time with the (uncharacteristically long) interview below. I was blessed with the opportunity to sit down with James this week (virtually) to dig deeper into a series of legacy questions that, in my opinion, should become must-reading for global government CIOs. Beyond James’ humor and winning personality, his insights and approach are a great model for technology leaders in both the public and private sectors.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/learning-from-the-best-james-collins-cio-in-delaware.html