Inspiration is defined as something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create: a force of influence that inspires someone.


CIO: More than just a Chief Information Officer…


Dr. Jonathan Reichental believes that he is not only a Chief Information Officer, but also a Chief Inspiration Officer. Currently the CIO for the City of Palo Alto, California, Jonathan is an award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both private and public sectors. His innovative work has garnered many prizes and has been been recognized by the White House.

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So how does inspiration play a role in leading successful teams and winning awards?

Jonathan writes “Inspiring staff by creating a compelling vision and strategy for technology is one of the lowest costs, yet most effective activities a CIO can do. A vision that produces positive, tangible results reminds everyone why we all do this work in the first place”.

To inspire, set a clear vision and believe in your team – people will succeed when you believe in them. Be a leader who is positive, encouraging and communicative. Provide a positive environment where people feel inspired to do their best. Jonathan took his own advice a long time ago and made inspiration a personal job requirement.


Want to learn more about Jonathans work?

Hear his interview with Forbes.


About the Autor

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, curreJonathan Reichentalntly the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, California is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun.