Paige, what a refreshing dose of common sense! I especially like this advice: "Be present
And I don't just mean hover in meetings and throw out occasional sound bites to passively declare your presence."
You're right, titles have been a debate in IT for a long time, but it comes down to the relationships you build personally. I recently met a CIO who was working hand-in-hand with the CMO. Clearly they both have the intellect and the emotional IQ to work together for the business. There is no "Will the CMO beat the CIO?" question in this organization. They have solved that problem before it started.