Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: The Digital CIO’s Knowledge, Skills, Strengths Nov. 2019

Contemporary CIOs are expected to play multiple personas; besides being the tactical IT manager, leadership is considered the top attribute for CIOs.

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. Here are a set of blogs for brainstorming interdisciplinary leadership of CIOs and reinvent IT to get digital ready.



   The Digital CIO’s Knowledge, Skills, Strengths

Knowledge Powers of Digital CIOs With rapid change and “VUCA“ digital new normal, the digital trend is that more and more CIOs, who have diversified experiences and colorful background, working across functional and industrial boundaries, can become well-rounded strategic business executives envisioning the upcoming business trends, practicing their knowledge power, and leading IT organization with a balanced mindsets, viewpoints, activities, and speed.

The Nature and Nurture of Digital CIOs
Due to the changing nature of technology and multifaceted impact of modern IT organization, the CIO is perhaps one of the most sophisticated leadership roles in the digital transformation. The role of the "Chief Information Officer" is a very tricky one and hard to fill. The problem is heavily masked because the position is often filled with the wrong person. Contemporary CIOs are expected to play multiple personas; besides being the tactical IT manager, leadership is considered the top attribute for CIOs. So are digital CIOs nature or nurtured? What are the most important attributes of IT leadership, and how can they best be attained?

Five Desired Skills needed to be an Effective CIO
Many great CIOs share five common leadership traits as we brainstormed earlier through the CIO’s daily tasks may depend on the nature of the business and the corporate culture, there are also desired skill set & capabilities to make one an effective CIO.

CIOs as "Chief Improvement Officer" What are Digital CIOs' Skill Matrix? Due to the disruptive nature of technology and overwhelming growth of information, the role of the CIO has to be reinvented for adapting to changes and re-energized for harnessing innovation. Digital CIOs need to develop a broad set of skills beyond technology and have the differentiated competency and recombinant professional capabilities and skills to lead the organization to the next level of business maturity. Here is the digital CIO’s skill matrix.

Three Strengths in Contemporary CIOs Perhaps today’s CIOs can be categorized into three buckets: IT specialists who come from technology ranks; business generalists who have experience in business functions or certificated gurus who hold both technology and business degree; however, there are no statistics showing one category of CIOs perform extremely better than others, thus, beyond background, which strengths shape a modern CIO, and what are the key characteristics of an effective CIO?

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