Friday, December 15, 2017

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: The Innovative CIO’s Digital Profile Dec. 2017

Compare to the other executive positions, the CIO role continues to be shaken up, refined, reinvented and reenergized. The magic “I” of the CIO title sparks many imaginations and modern CIOs need to wear different hats and play multiple roles. Here are a set of blogs to brainstorm digital CIOs’ contemporary digital leadership profile.

The Innovative CIO’s Digital Profile

The Digital CIO’s Profiles, Personas, and Personalities
? Compared to other CxO positions, the CIO role is considerably new with about three decades of history. But the contemporary CIO is one of the most sophisticated leadership roles in modern businesses. Due to disruptive nature of technologies and exponential growth of information, IT leadership role also has to be continually reimagined, refined, refreshed and reenergized. The CIO is no longer just a glorified geek, but a business savvy strategist and a transformational digital leader. Great CIOs have multiple personas, varying personalities, and impressive leadership profiles.

Innovative CIOs’ Digital Profiles The CIO is one of the most sophisticated executive leadership roles in the business world today due to disruptive nature of technology and exponential growth of information. CIOs need to be Chief Information Officer, Chief Integration Officer, Chief Interaction Officer, Chief Improvement Officer, etc. But still, one of the most appropriate titles for CIOs is “Chief Innovation Officer,” because digitalization opens the new chapter of innovation. CIOs need to present entrepreneurial spirit, learn to think and lead innovatively, take calculated risks while nurturing contingencies, and growing great talent, etc. Here is the innovative CIO’s digital profile.

Three Aspects to Groom a Unique CIO? CIO is the leadership role, every leader is unique, and thus, every CIO is unique. The leadership roles such as CIO need to share the unique point of view, to break down conventional wisdom and lead their organization up toward the next growth cycle and catalyze digital transformation with faster speed. Digital CIOs should have unique mindsets, skillsets, and even a unique title (not for status quo, but for enforcing position influence), become the top business leader to lead digital transformation smoothly.

Three Tips for CIO as Chief Innovation Officer Modern CIOs have many personas indicated in the magic “I” of CIO title, Chief Innovation Officer is one of the most pertinent roles, because so much business innovation these days is enabled by technology, a good CIO with their finger on the pulse of technological advancement or information insight can provide many ideas on how new tech and abundance of info could create fresh business opportunities. CIOs are uniquely positioned to drive business innovation because of their vantage point in digital transformation. But how can CIO build a solid innovation agenda, and play such a new role more effectively?

What is the CIO’s Innovation Dilemma Today’s CIO is one of the crucial leadership roles facing significant transformation, Being a Chief Infrastructure Officer to align IT operation with business is no longer sufficient since the rate of changes is accelerating at the age of digitization? CIO is facing the modern innovation dilemma: Just keep the light on when the users are pushing the legacy IT to the breaking point? Or be the change agent to expedite the transformation to reach innovation tipping point by pulling people, process, and technology seamlessly to achieve the higher level of IT maturity.

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