Friday, February 8, 2019

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: CIOs as “Digital Modernist” II Feb. 2019

Digital transformation isn’t just an extension of continuous improvement of the current business, but a quantum leap with radical changes. 

Compared 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. 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. Here are a set of blogs to brainstorm about the CIO as digital modernist.


CIOs as “Digital Modernist”

Are You a Traditional CIO or a Modernist CIO Information Technology is now permeating into every corner of the business, it’s a crucial component to run a modern business. As businesses embark on the “digital Era” of computing, the landscape for all executive roles constantly change, the CIO role also continues to be reimagined and reshaped. They should keep asking themselves: What is the future of IT? How to shape a digital IT organization? What is the nature of the digital IT leadership and what is the primary role of the CIO in harnessing the IT leadership? Am I a traditional CIO or a modernist CIO?

Should CIOs Become “Creative Digital Populist” Nowadays, information is permeating into every corner of the organization, technology is the driven force behind the digital transformation. IT is making an impact on almost every dimension of the organization. CIOs should step into the void of digital leadership by shaping the strategic mindset, gaining interdisciplinary knowledge, and developing differentiated professional competencies. They are neither controller nor order taker, should they become “creative digital populist,” to harmonize IT-business relationship, delight customers, and engage employees? Do they have a distinct vision about the future of the organization and a clear idea of what needs to be done, for improving IT organizational effectiveness and maturity? Being a digital populist doesn't mean that CIOs lack of character, only run IT as a support center. In fact, confident CIOs with strong character are in demand to rebrand IT as the strategic business partner.

The Digital CIO as “Choice Generator”
The unprecedented digital convenience brought by powerful technologies changes the way we think, live, and work. Embracing digital is inevitable as that is now part of the business venture. The digital era upon us is the era of options, empathy, personalization, and sharing. IT is the linchpin to run a high-performance digital organization. Today’s digital CIOs need to become the “Choice Generator,” envision the emerging technological trends, refine information to capture business foresight and customer insight, imagine the new possibilities and alternative ways to do things, and drive the digital transformation proactively.

The Digital CIO’s Leadership Magnetism The digital CIO is the top leadership role, how CIOs provide the appropriate leadership and how they convey to leverage IT for the business value depends on their vision, leadership strength, and style. A highly influential leader has magnetism. More specifically, what’s the CIO’s leadership magnetism to become the “Chief Influence Officer” -to make leadership influence at the scope of the entire business or even the industry?

The Futurologist CIO? Digital transformation isn’t just an extension of continuous improvement of the current business, but a quantum leap with radical changes. The futurologist digital CIOs attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future of the business and how they can emerge from the present and run IT as a game changer. It is at the tipping point that top performing companies see IT as an asset, capital, and source of competitive advantage.

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