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8 Secret Habits Of Successful CIOs

CIOs today must keep the lights on, but also transform the business to meet the demands of real-time customer requirements. How do they stay productive? How do they find the right people to hire? What traits do they nurture? What secrets keep them ahead of the game? We've collected the top secret habits of successful CIOs here.
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Start Your Day Early
Many successful people wake up early in the morning to get a head start on the day before the emails, phone calls, and other interruptions begin. Successful CIOs have adopted this habit, too. 
'I get up by 4 am so I can get work done before meetings start,' Thomas Pacek, VP and CIO of Inspira Health Network, told InformationWeek. The approach offers benefits beyond work, too. 'When I go home at night, I turn off the work as much as possible.' (Pacek is presenting Practical M&A: One CIO's Experience during the IT Leadership Track at Interop 2016.)
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Start Your Day Early

Many successful people wake up early in the morning to get a head start on the day before the emails, phone calls, and other interruptions begin. Successful CIOs have adopted this habit, too.

"I get up by 4 am so I can get work done before meetings start," Thomas Pacek, VP and CIO of Inspira Health Network, told InformationWeek. The approach offers benefits beyond work, too. "When I go home at night, I turn off the work as much as possible." (Pacek is presenting Practical M&A: One CIO's Experience during the IT Leadership Track at Interop 2016.)

(Image: Security via Pixabay)

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2/29/2016 | 1:15:52 PM
Re: Watching TV and Playing Video Games?
A lot of these success tips really focus on relationships. Build positive relationships with staff, stakeholders, peers, vendors and others that are necessary for operational and strategic success. Even if the CIO isn't an extrovert, he or she needs to work at bulding positive relationships in order to have sustained success. A great relationship also makes it easier to deal with difficult issues.
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2/29/2016 | 1:14:19 PM
Re: Hiring the right employees.
Hiring the right people is absolutely critical. For my money, this is probably the most important aspect to being successful. A leader is only as successful as those she or he is leading. Hiring the right people also reduces a lot of annoying and wasteful distractions from my day.
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2/28/2016 | 2:24:06 PM
Re: A CIO stays focused
@yalanand: I agree that CIOs don't have to listen to employee woes, but indeed they are listening. The man who was your CIO, I wish we had such a CIO. 
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2/28/2016 | 2:22:13 PM
Re: Watching TV and Playing Video Games?
@Shamika: CIOs have stress because they deal with the bad management and employees that the CEO doesn't have to deal with. You can say the CIO is actually an idea filter. He takes the best from the sludge and presents the ideas to higher up. That is why their life is so stressful.
shamika
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2/28/2016 | 5:02:53 AM
Re: Watching TV and Playing Video Games?
Do you think it's important to have a work life balance for a CIO to be successful? The CIO's I have seen are more workaholic and they spend little time with their families and friends.
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2/28/2016 | 4:58:25 AM
Hiring the right employees.
Well I think in my view the CIO should give the responsibility to his senior management team to select the right employees. This will empower his employees more.
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2/28/2016 | 4:57:46 AM
Start Your Day Early
I think this is valid for everyone. It is very easy to plan your day when you start the early.
shamika
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2/28/2016 | 4:53:48 AM
Re: Watching TV and Playing Video Games?
@yal I agree. However even thought they are workaholic sometimes they are poor in building relationships.
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2/25/2016 | 2:05:27 PM
Re: Watching TV and Playing Video Games?
I'm sure most of the CIOs know when to work hard and when to play hard. Although most of the CIOs I've met are workaholics. They always have to work.
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2/25/2016 | 1:53:47 PM
A CIO stays focused
A CIO doesn't have to follow any of these, because these aren't hard and fast rules. I have seen some extremely successful CIOs staying completely free from such things and still coming out on top, voted by his employees as the best boss. The reason is you only have to have one thing, unbreakable focus and that focus would drive you to become a leader. A successful CIO may stay aloof of the employees woes, but he'll never turn a deaf ear to it, he will solve their problems even without interacting much. My favorite boss was a mysterious man whose personal life he never used to discuss, but in all our lives solutions we used to find his hand. He was an amazing person.
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