Whay do you think Davies was fired? How likely is it that Barton will be
fired within the year?
(this is my classmate's answer)
After reading a good way into The
Adventures of an IT Leader, it appears that Davies was never going to be
a good fit for the CIO position. The opinions of the CEO and of Barton, clearly
indicated that Davies was simply unable to developer implement solutions that
would correct the IT departments' benefits'. Barton was one of those who was
most concerned with Davies lack of progress within the IT department. Davies
solutions were not working and Carl wanted to try a new approach. Davies may
have had a certain set of skills on paper, but Carl most likely saw the soft
skills he thought to be necessary in Barton. Looking at Davies reaction when
Barton encounters him on a jog, you can see the lack of CIO personality and
distaste for Barton.
I think it is very unlikely that Barton will be fired within one year. He is
new to the position and has accepted it. He was determined in the Loan
Operations department and will remain just as determined in this new position.
Carl clearly thinks Barton is right for this job and there is no reason to doubt
his judgment. Barton's track record of success in the Loan Operations department
is a good precedent to what he is capable of in the future. After initial anger,
Barton has taken to this position eagerly. He is currently trying different
approaches to get ahead. I am currently reading about his endeavors trying to
learn a vast amount of IT knowledge through text books. He is not sure where to
start, but at least he is trying.