CIOnet: The (Successful) Future IT Leader in 2015

This is a guest post by Dr Andrew Tuson, course director for the master of information leadership and assistant dean for student recruitment at City University London.
This week’s CIOnet event in London was one of their most interesting both from a professional and academic viewpoint. David Smith, the Chief Executive of Global Futures & Foresight, gave a fascinating insight into how the world is changing and what this means for the IT leader. 
A key message was that to adapt to change IT leaders will need to move focus from managing to leading and envisioning. The talk covered areas as diverse as geopolitics, economics, global food production and demographics in the developed and developing worlds.
The big take-home for me is that IT leaders need to work on understanding the future demographics of both our workforce and customers, and how that will affect their information needs and consumption. 
This is an area that universities and IT leaders could work together to mutual benefit; in fact work by actuaries at the Cass Business School was used in the presentation. If we do not, we will not be the one involved in the important decisions that affect the IT function of the future.
CIOnet is an invitation-only private business network for CIOs and, in larger organisations, their direct reports. It has grown rapidly since its inception in the UK and now has over 800 members thanks to its blend of social networking and high-quality face to face events
with engaging speakers.