The Wisdom Café sat down to talk to UC Berkeley’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Larry Conrad. We discussed his career path and his ideas for leadership and management here at UC Berkeley.
To see answers to specific questions, see the timestamps below:
00:18 – Can we start with a quick synopsis of your career path and how long you’ve been at UC Berkeley?
01:08 – What did you learn from working [at Florida State University], and also at other large public universities that I know you’ve been at, that has served you well here?
03:33 – What defining moments have occurred in your life and/or your career that have shaped you?
05:42 – From a learning point of view, we talk a lot about failure and dealing with adversity as big props for learning as growth. You were brave enough to mention having had a failure experience – what do you think you learned from that?
07:39 – What does it mean to you to be a leader?
11:02 – So you describe leadership as “moving the ball”. What would be some of the challenges and some of the opportunities that you have in moving the ball forward in the role that you’re in here?
12:27 – When your career is complete, what would you want people to remember you for?
13:35 – If you were to sit down today with a new, young staff member, what advice would you give them as they start their career?
14:05 – I’ve heard you say before that you believe strongly in ongoing professional development for staff. What would you say to other managers in terms of any suggestions or advice for them on how to develop their staff?