Re: Retired NASA CIO: Working Harder Than Ever
Like Whoopty said, it's very commendable to see this work ethic and dedication in someone of that age, and someone who doesn't necessarily have to work to put bread on the table. While I'm always skeptical of people gloating over how little sleep they get (for many reasons), that level of relentlessness is beyond me in my 20s, so it's great to hear some insight from someone who can pull it off in their 50s. "IT transformation" is a boring moniker, but hearing Mrs. Cureton's explanation, I have no doubt that we have need of it in government and elsewhere. Given NASA's (relative) successes in my lifetime, I'm inclined to think we have the right person on the job.
I do think this paints an interesting picture of the future of employment in our country as well. Think about this; we're talking about someone who (presumably) began their career in IT in the 80s. Now this person is offering consullting services on the latest and greatest. That's a lot of change for one career (and she's still not finished!). It's impressive on her part, but it's a hint at the kind of longevity that may be necessary for the careers of this of us coming up. You need to have long term plans, be willing to take your expertise and carry it down a different road, not be averse to change, and constantly be getting your hands dirty as a manager to make sure you understand the technology you're managing. If we do it right, this can be a good opportunity for a varied career and not 'oh crap, look at all this extra work I have to do!'.