Re: CIOs In Training: 3 Factors For Success
Thanks for this, Jonathan. Maybe most IT professionals don't sit at their desks thinking 'what can I do to become CIO', but then again, maybe they should start. Even if they don't make it all the way to that big chair (at least, not at their current company), there's no doubt that the suggestions you provide here will put them on the right path, and provide them with plenty of valuable skills and experiences along the way. After all, pulling back the veil even farther, it's often not the money that motivates people at that highest level, is it? It's the desire to be better, to improve themselves, and see how far they can go - to that end, these are all great ways to keep building yourself up.
The bit about people being more important than tech at the CIO level is oft-repeated, but it seems that's necessary, as many IT execs still don't seem to embrace it. That thought ought to impact every decision you make - at the macro level, does this technology project serve a business need? At the micro level, you need to build your relationships with other execs on something other than technology and your know-how therein - it's good for the company, it's good for your job security, and it's good for your mental health. SaneIT's point is very good - there's a big difference between thinking you're good with people and actually being good with people. Get someone you trust to tell you the truth.