Information Renaissance – Leadership Shift

What sets an individual or organization apart when all the information we need is at our finger tips? The advantage of “trade secrets” that the world of the Industrial Revolution enjoyed is no more. With the advent of the Information Age, those who wish to survive have realized that only way to move forward is to innovate and enrich.

While we tend to speak in terms of the economy as it relates to business and organizations, we now find ourselves in a time when the paradigm shift must start with individuals and flow from there. The Information Renaissance, as Dr. Jay Gillette details in his article “Leadership for the Information Renaissance: Clarity, Challenges, Opportunity”, has move us towards a need to be skilled in many disciples to succeed. 

The School of Athens, Raphael, 1509-1511
The School of Athens, Raphael, 1509-1511

Our leaders now have to move out of that private corner office if they wish to really tap into the power of their team. As Kirby Ferguson states in his “4 Steps to Getting an Idea“, the flow of knowledge is a prerequisite for creativity. Leadership is an important aspect of this because of their ability to communicate the organization’s overarching vision as a compass.

If what we sell now is added knowledge value, individuals and leaders must support systems that enable and empower innovation. It is no longer about what you know but what you do with it – we trade knowledge and our currency is ideas. The currency is generated by a community that fosters innovation, creativity, and interdisciplinary learning and communication.

CICS – Creating Leaders for the Information Age

Ball State University’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences is a master’s degree program that creates leaders at the intersection of business and technology. It provides an information and communications technology (ICT) foundation with practical business experience.


CICS enhances the lessons provided in the traditional ICT coursework with Student Social Learning Program (SSLP), giving master’s candidates the opportunity to increase their experience in the “soft skills”; these events emphasize things like business dinner etiquette and business networking. SSLP events include: alumni wine dinner, business golf outing, job interview training, and career option seminars. Even as business increasingly relies on technology for various functions, interpersonal communication skills continue to be an important trait in future hires.

By teaching students how to operate within the business environment, CICS creates the next generation workforce: they know the language of technology so that they can effectively do business in the modern world.

A testament to their ability to transform master’s candidates into successful professionals, CICS enjoys great support from their alum who regularly participate in events with current students.