Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: The Digital CIO’s Dynamic Role Sep. 2018

 Digital CIOs have to keep evolving and playing the situational leadership all the time. 

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 on the digital CIO’s dynamic role.

The Digital CIO’s Dynamic Role

Three Digital Profiles of “Change Agent” CIOs Digital means the increasing speed of changes, information abundance, hyperconnectivity, and “always on” businesses. IT plays as a linchpin of digitalization. Many forward-thinking organizations invite their CIOs to the big table for sharing the technological vision and co-developing the business strategy, empower their CIOs to lead change and orchestrate digital transformation because they are in the unique position to oversee business functions and structures. Riding ahead of the change curve takes both strategy and methodology. Here are three digital profiles of "Change Agent" CIOs.

The Digital CIO’s Vision, Passion, and Digitalization  IT is like the business engine, CIOs are accountable for the critical part of the business that is constantly changing and evolving. The emergence of the CIO coincided with the birth of the PC and end-user computing. That role certainly is matured as the Internet age unfolded. Contemporary CIOs should be capable of evolving leadership skills to not only match pace with the changes in technology and the pace at which an organization can effectively manage these changes but also proactively drive changes in business transformation based on their vision, passion and leadership practices.

The Digital Profiles of “Change Agent” CIOs Due to the disruptive nature of technologies and the exponential growth of information, IT plays a crucial role in driving changes and leading digitalization. Therefore, in the digital era, the CIO is not a static management position, but a dynamic leadership role. The expectations for CIO have grown multi-fold. Digital CIOs have to keep evolving and playing the situational leadership all the time. The success of IT leadership has to do with the definitions or scope of the role that the CIO is playing. Here is a set of change agent CIO profiles.

CIOs as “Change Agents” How to Walk the Talk Effortlessly? Forward-thinking companies across the industries reinvent IT as the change organization. However, the best technology can’t ensure victory. Do CIOs have the required mindset and skillset to drive change? Do they have the charisma to get buy-in either from the business or from current IT staff? Can they “walk the talk,” to lead change effortlessly?

Three Perspectives of the Digital CIO’s Dynamic Role?
There are many roles to be served by an enterprise's IT leadership. Some of these are related to ensuring that the supply-side IT management issues are handled well such as developing IT-enabled business competency and others relate to the demand-side IT management such as building relationships with business managers and professionals; seeding ideas for IT-enabled business strategies and innovative uses of information & technology to maximize digital potential of the business. The role of CIO is the mirror of the business reputation - an innovator or a plumber; a strategist or an operator; a change agent or a controller, etc. Here are three perspectives of the digital CIO’s dynamic role.

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