Not everybody is cut out to be a CIO. Consider these six elements that help shape a successful chief information officer.
by Cindy Waxer, article in InformationWeek
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At the top of every organization is the boss, the man or woman who has the ultimate responsibility for making decisions, setting directions, and making sure the job gets done right. The position comes with perks and pressures. And while many may yearn to have the word “chief” in their title, not everybody is cut out for such a challenge.
Only “a select few” have the makings of a Chief Information Officer, says Peter High, president of Metis Strategy and author of “World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs“.
“The average person who joins an IT department certainly does not have the makeup to be a CIO, just as the average person in finance does not have the makeup to be a CFO,” he says.
Here’s what it takes to earn the much-vaunted acronym of ‘CIO’ on your business card:
- Business acumen
- Flexible tech skills
- Relationship-building prowess
- Personality fit
- A taste of different departments
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