I’m sure that when you picture yourself becoming a CIO in the future you see yourself sitting at the corporate strategy table with the CIO using your deep understanding of IT to help the company move faster and do more. Umm, one problem with that vision – you’re not going to make it to the big table if you don’t solve the problem of run-away IT costs. Johnson & Johnson’s CIO had this very same problem and she tackled it using the ITIL framework. Maybe this would be a good time to look into that ITIL thing…
Involvement, accountability, understanding of the vision, learning more about the business, learning more about the function they perform and even about their team.
Be patient. Some people are always quick to jump onto new ideas, while others are more careful and thoughtful. Adapt your presentation to meet both these needs. It is usually the slow to respond who will be the ones to stick around the longest. They also tend to ask the best questions and come up with the most insightful solutions.
She points out that buying a home built to your own specifications might seem at first glance like a dream come true. She notes, however, that building a home the way you want it may cost as much as $250 a square foot or more, compared with the $125 to $225 a square foot average cost for building a home. She obtained her facts from the National Home Builders Association.
Teams charged with the development of new legislation? Increasing automation and instituting material tubular lean techniques? Maximizing system robustness? Make note of whatever it is about the job that keeps you enthused and energized, and keeps your eyes off of the clock.
For first time business owners or inexperienced owners, sometimes the glitter and gold give the false impression that they don’t have to be directly involved for successful operation. They pop in a few times a week but are out enjoying the fruits of their investment.
Knowing that there is a solution framework out there that works is what allows most CIOs to be able to sleep at night. Actually implementing a solution and saving the company, well that’s a job that will be waiting for you when you become the CIO.