"i am sure you are the kind of guy who enjoys driving strategic direction through technology initiatives"
I am not quite sure what I said to give him that impression. My view of strategy is a bit like a dungeons and dragons game or Maoist opera ("Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy") - you pursue (not drive) a complex strategy, going in many directions, sometimes picking up useful tools (technology initiatives), which may help to kill or tame some of the dragons (or Kuomintang bandits).
But of course there is an important difference. In a game, every tool you find may have some meaning or use within the context of the game. In real life (or work, which is the nearest approximation to real life for most of us), the dungeons are littered with flashy software and services, and the best strategy is to ignore most of it. (Twitter, anyone?)
But not all of it. Find some useful tools, and learn to use them properly and appropriately: that's my technology initiative.