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5/28/2008
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John Soat
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Tomorrow's CIO: The Qualifications

What are the attributes that make for a good CIO, today and going forward? Here's another peek at our "Tomorrow's CIO" research survey results, specifically the attributes and abilities both CIOs and executive management are looking for in top technology talent. How does this line up with your own ideas about what it will take to prepare for the challenges of Tomorrow's CIO?

What are the attributes that make for a good CIO, today and going forward? Here's another peek at our "Tomorrow's CIO" research survey results, specifically the attributes and abilities both CIOs and executive management are looking for in top technology talent. How does this line up with your own ideas about what it will take to prepare for the challenges of Tomorrow's CIO?Q: As your company cultivates executive-level technology talent, which attributes/abilities are considered most important?

Leadership Ability to execute/meet deadlines Collaboration/communication Vision Innovation Team building Consensus building Technical breadth and depth

And in that order. Surprised? I'd venture to guess, by how high collaboration/communication skills scored or by how low (relatively) technical breadth and depth scored.

What do you say? Are these the right attributes/abilities -- and in the right order? Let me know.

Look for the "Tomorrow's CIO" feature story on InformationWeek.com and in InformationWeek magazine on June 16. And sign up for the InformationWeek 500 Conference, the theme of which is "Tomorrow's CIO," Sept. 14-16.

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