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WaqasAltaf
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WaqasAltaf,
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6/28/2014 | 2:43:18 AM
Re: CDO turf
SaneIT

"I need my team to understand what I do and why I do it so that if I move up and out that things will continue down the right path and they won't feel lost."

It is human nature to get insecure and one has to be very confident about his future prospects to make a good successor of his role. This is where HR must also play the role.
WaqasAltaf
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WaqasAltaf,
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6/28/2014 | 2:39:37 AM
Re: CDO turf
Susan, true. That is where specialized roles such as that of CDO creep in. If the company is serious about moving in the right direction, it must have grasp on all factors that determine that direction. Specialized roles can create a foundation from where the analysis becomes a lot easier.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/26/2014 | 7:19:58 AM
Re: CDO turf
I think that I'll be able to keep the same approach even if I do move into a C level position.  I do have several people around me who have warned me not to "be like one of them" as a way of telling me that they feel like some of the C levels they work with are not as easy going as I am or as helpful.  Much of what I hear is that they expect me to become more of a micro manager because that is what they see at that level and they are afraid that I'll lose the collaborative nature that I have.  My take on my position in the company is that if I'm not replaceable then I can't be promoted out of the position either.  I need my team to understand what I do and why I do it so that if I move up and out that things will continue down the right path and they won't feel lost.
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tjgkg,
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6/25/2014 | 7:26:20 PM
Re: CDO turf
@Susan: Thanks for the link. Unfortunately for TIm Cook he is following a legend who died young. Apple was very much tied to Jobs and nobody, however great a CEO they are, will never change that. Jobs also had his finger on the pulse of society and made products that really appealed to people. Cook is probably more of an administrator than a visionary which also does not help, especially since no earth shattering products have come out on his watch yet.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/25/2014 | 4:06:12 PM
Re: Amazing
@SachinEE: Eventually, many copmanies will be forced to change their approach and culture toward this digital-forward mindset. And that is, truly, what it is at the core: A shift in corporate mindset. It's good to see, in the examples you cite, industries that have sometimes been viewed as being behind the curve when it comes to using technology are now actually embracing it for the betterment of the organizaitons and the people they serve (particulary healthcare and government). While there will be missteps along the way, any step forward is a sign of progress.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/25/2014 | 4:03:17 PM
Re: CDO turf
@tjgkg: Sadly in most organizations that is the case, and those who do get things accomplished oftentimes get overlooked or not credited with it. This is also, in part, due to the fact that our business culture in the U.S. tends to reward the extrovert over the introvert. I'm reading a fascinating book on this topic right now, called "Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking." I highly recommend! It discusses the challenges that introverts face in climbing the corporate ladder, among many other eye-opening topics related to what our business culture is all about. All we need to do is look at the flaming that Apple's Tim Cook is getting to see just how difficult it is to not fit the mold in today's corporate environment.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/25/2014 | 3:59:06 PM
Re: CDO turf
@WaqasAtlaf: lack of persistence is spot on, and I would add that with so many shifting priorities in an organization, it becomes very difficult for many people to keep their eyes on the endgame and fully execute.

That's certainly been my experience, when I look back at great ideas that never saw the light of day. More often than not, it was because I had too many conflicting priorities and immediate, hair-on-fire deadlines, and so anything that was not crucial got pushed to the back burner, or pushed off the stove entirely.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/25/2014 | 3:56:11 PM
Re: CDO turf
@H-H: Ah, such a good question! The best that a person can do, I think, is to try not to take anything personally, understand as best as possible what is motivating all the players, and be honest and forthcoming with all parties. It may end up backfiring on you, but at least you can go home and look yourself in the mirror at night! And, if the political situation in the organization is truly  toxic, I would suggest finding another place to work if at all possible.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/25/2014 | 3:53:46 PM
Re: Digital Master definition
@kstaron: Based on my understanding of the MIT research, and seeing Westerman discuss the findings at the CIO Symposium, what you describe would not qualify a company as a digital master according to their definitions. The top-down, holistic approach is truly key, I think, in terms of embedding a tech-forward approach into an organization's DNA. It doesn't mean that digital innovation can't bubble up from diffferent busienss or tech unitis within the company. Quite the contrary, in fact, a company that is considered a digital master would have a structure that allows and encourages digital innovation to come from all corners of the organization. The difference is that the senior management embraces and supports this, both culturally and financially.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/25/2014 | 3:50:24 PM
Re: CDO turf
@SaneIT: That's exactly the kind of attitude I'd love to see more of in business. Your teams are lucky to have you, and I do hope that you are able to achieve your career goals. In the meantime, perhaps you can provide some executive coaching to others who are in the higher positions and don't grasp -- or have forgotten -- the very basic edict we all have learned from childhood: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

 
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