Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Monthly “12 CIO Personas” Book Tuning: CIOs as “Chief Insight Officer” July 2018

Comparing 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 as “Chief Insight Officers.


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CIOs as “Chief Insight Officer”: Are You a Digital Shaper or a Follower? Nowadays, the unprecedented opportunities brought by digital technologies and increasing the speed of change can lift up a fast growing business promptly. It can also reinvent a well-established organization to reach the next level of the business growth cycle. IT is no longer just a reactive support function only, but a change organization that keeps information flowing and enables business growing and drive digital paradigm shift. CIOs as the top digital leader and “Chief Insight Officer” should do the self-reflection: Are you a digital shaper, digital adapter or just a laggard?

CIOs as “Chief Insight Officer” How to Overcome IT Leadership Challenges Forward-looking organizations are empowering CIOs to the big table for co-creating strategy and lead digitalization. The increasing speed of changes forces IT leaders to get really creative on how they architect and implement change, to ensuring IT is strategically positioned to be ahead of where the business is moving next. The IT leaders of the future and the exemplars of today must move away from pure IT managers, to overcome IT leadership challenges and thrive to become the digital master.

CIOs as “Chief Insight Officer”: How Deeply Can you Lead Due to the exponential growth of information, fast-paced changes, and continuous disruptions often caused by emerging technologies, IT plays a critical role in navigating the journey of the business's digital transformation. To lead effectively, CIOs need to deal with constant ambiguity and unprecedented uncertainty, overwhelming information and multigenerational workforce. Thus, IT leaders today should become the “Chief Insight Officers,” to gain an in-depth understanding of their organizations both inside-out and outside in order to drive change and lead digitalization. In-depth understanding of either problem you intend to solve or the people you try to get knowing has become an important quality for digital leaders and professionals. CIOs as “Chief Insight Officers,” need to ask themselves: How fluently can you speak the digital dialect? How deeply can you lead? Which leadership strengths do you have and what are the obstacles you should overcome in order to improve IT and overall organizational maturity?

The CIO as “Chief Insight Officer”: Deepening the Organizational Understanding to Improve Leadership Effectiveness? Organizations across the sectors are on the journey of digitalization, stepping into the deep, deep digital new normal with the overwhelming growth of information, continuous technological disruptions, and increasing business velocity. Thus, IT leaders today need to be “Chief Insight Officer,” to gain an in-depth understanding of their organization both inside-out and outside in. Because the true understanding is a life-changing for making sound judgments and improving leadership effectiveness. When you truly understand, you know the real issues are, you’ll know what you need, and how to get what you need to fix them. And then leadership can be applied concretely by steering IT organization in the right direction with steadfast speed.

The CIO as “Chief Insight Officer”: When should IT Lead at the Front, When should IT lead from the behind? Forward-looking organizations empower their IT organization to drive digital transformation. Because IT is in a unique position to oversee underlying business processes and weave all hard and soft elements to orchestrate digital transformation. IT needs to attribute business value to its company in building close companionship with the business peers, customers, and partners, Nowadays IT has a lot of things to leverage. IT and business need to develop a true partnership and work to pursue the desired outcomes. IT needs to work both in IT and on IT, IT has to shift from “IT vs. business” to “IT as the business.” The CIO as a mindful “Chief Insight Offer”: Do you know when IT should lead at the front, and when IT should lead from the behind?

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