Digital CIOs have many personas and face great challenges.
Modern CIOs have many personas and face great challenges. It is not sufficient to only keep the light on. Regardless of which industry or the nature of organization you are in, being a digital leader will need to master the art of creating unique, differentiating value from piles of commoditized technologies, but more specifically, what are the digital-savvy CIOs doing to run IT as a value creator and innovation engine? Here is the monthly spotlight of the CIO.
The Spotlight of Digital CIOs July 2016
- Three Traits in IT High-Professionalism Due to the fast pace of technology update and information flow, IT skills gap is the reality, not fiction; due to the complex nature of technology, and intense workload of IT, IT leaders and professionals have to continue updating knowledge, staying focused on solving complex problems, and always challenge the new way to do things. Compared to many other professionals, the high-quality IT professionals have to learn more intensively, do things more creatively, think and make decisions more intellectually. What are important traits in IT high-professionalism?
- “CIO Master” Book Review: Chapter 4 CIO as Talent Master Introduction: People are always the most invaluable asset in any business. “Hiring the right person with the right capability for the right position at the right time,” is the mantra for any forward-looking organization at the Digital Era. The point is how would you define the right people, how do you define wrong, average, mediocre, good, great or extraordinary person? Is IT skills gap fact or fiction? Shall you hire character, mindset, or skills? What’s the best way to build a solid digital pipeline for discovering authentic and high potential leaders and digital professionals for the business growth?
- “CIO Master” Book Review: Chapter 3 “CIOs as Change Agent” Introduction: Change is inevitable. And the speed of change is accelerating. Often information abundance catalyzes change, and technology is the disruptive force behind changes. Hence, CIOs shouldn’t get pushed for the changes, they are actually in a better position to play a role as change agents. Many forward-looking organizations empower their CIOs as forerunners to drive changes and lead digital transformation at the organizational level. CIOs as Change Agents: How to lead change effectively?
- “CIO Master” Book Review: Chapter 2 “CIOs as Digital Visionary” Introduction”: The Digital Era makes a significant impact on every aspect of the business from people to process, to technology, both horizontally and vertically. In many forward-looking organizations, IT plays a pivotal role in such a radical transformation. The CIO also becomes a strategic leadership role in conveying the digital vision and co-create business strategy and reinventing IT as a growth and innovation engine of the organization. More specifically, which unique roles should visionary CIOs play?
- “CIO Master” Book Review: Chapter 1 “Twelve Digital CIO Personas” Introduction: Nowadays, information is lifeblood, and technology is the disruptive force in any business and any industry. Hence, CIOs as IT leaders play a more critical role in business strategy making & execution, digital transformation, driving business changes and innovation. Compared to other CxO positions, the CIO role is considerably new with less than three decades of history, but more dynamic and paradoxical. The IT leadership role also continues to be reimagined, refined, refreshed, and reenergized. The CIO is no longer just a glorified geek, but a business savvy strategist and transformational business leader. Modern CIOs have multiple personas and need to wear many hats to communicate effectively and lead more successfully.
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