Today we are talking to Tim Dickson, the VP of Digital Business Platform at Laureate International Universities. And we discuss the 3 lenses of Innovation, the 4 quadrants of leadership, and the exact skills necessary to make digital transformation successful.

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

During his 20+ years of experience as an IT executive at Motorola, Dell, IBM, HP, and Laureate, Tim has successfully leveraged innovative and emerging technologies to drive improvements and deliver real business value across the enterprise. 

Tim’s leadership approach to driving digital transformation is through customer insights, strategic partnerships, technology innovation, and enterprise-wide front and back office operations, to add value through extensive business and customer exposure. His synergistic ability to collaborate across the organization and empower teams to excel has gained buy-in of senior leadership and has helped drive transformative change. 

Tim was recruited to Laureate to drive digital transformation in the education space through people leadership, change management, and customer engagement. Reporting to Global CIO, Tim provides strategic leadership to global team of 225+ supporting critical digital customer- facing and corporate systems across a network of 65 international university institutions. 

Within the first 100 days at Laureate, Tim has positioned IT as a leading edge, forward thinking organization by creating an infrastructure for growth and driving digital transformation across the entire matriculation platform, from enrollment through graduation. 

In addition to being a grower of organizations through IT innovation, Tim is a strong developer of people, and thrive on motivating individuals and global teams to deliver peak performance by recognition and celebrating their accomplishments. The most rewarding aspect of his role is getting feedback from team members that I contributed to their success by enabling them to deliver faster by leveraging their energy and unbridled enthusiasm, challenging the status quo, and painting a vision of possibilities. 

ABOUT Laureate Universities:

Laureate International Universities is the largest international network
of degree granting higher education institutions. Our international
network includes 25+ higher education institutions with more than 150
campuses, and more than 850,000 students currently enrolled. Our
mission: Expanding access to quality higher education to make the
world a better place. When our students succeed, countries prosper and
societies benefit. We are Here for Good.

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Joel Beasley founded the Modern CTO Podcast in 2017 while writing his book, the Modern CTO book, with the goal of interviewing CTOs and sharing their experiences with others in the tech community.

Joel’s conversational style and insightful questions quickly gained traction, attracting high-profile guests such as Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott, and T-Mobile’s CIO, Cody Stanford. With each episode, the podcast’s popularity continued to grow, and soon, Joel found himself with a waiting list of future guests.

Today, the Modern CTO Podcast has become the number one leadership and tech podcast in the world, with over 150k active listeners, including CTOs, lead developers, and rising tech leaders. Joel’s commitment to creating a conversational atmosphere for his guests to share their experiences has inspired a new generation of leaders and innovators.

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