On Wednesday, May 6th, The Honorable Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, joined INSA Chairman Tish Long for a Wednesday Wisdom conversation about how COVID-19 has provided the Intelligence Community with the opportunity to become new.
Gordon noted that we are living in a world of data abundance, where “you know that the world knows everything, but we can’t find the wisdom that is in that data.” Noting that even before the pandemic, we were in a time of change, she emphasized how the COVID-19 crisis has helped the USG see how we need our physical realities to align with the digital world.
Gordon shared key leadership lessons, including how to manage individually and organizationally in a time of change. “You have to know what your role is,” said Gordon. “Before the direction is in evidence, you have to see the moment clearly and then understand how that ripples into what you are doing.”
Topics discussed in the lively Q&A included how to continue use of enhanced telework, importance of open source information, privacy and security, workforce recruitment, shared responsibilities for partnerships going forward, and advice for the next top intelligence chief.
As we are currently surrounded by a world of uncertainty, the record-number of attendees who tuned into this program were no doubt encouraged by her words of hope and optimism. The way Sue Gordon sees it, COVID-19 presented our Nation with an opportunity to become new, “This moment is so iconic. Think about what we need and build to that.”
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