Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: Unconventional CIOs Dec. 2019

Contemporary CIOs should take bold leadership, practice unconventional thinking and run innovative IT to get digital ready.

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 unconventional CIOs and reinvent IT to get digital ready.


Unconventional CIOs

Unconventional CIOs: How to Play Odd Balls for Running Innovative IT Digitalization is driving hyperconnectivity and unpredictability, demanding more rapid deployment that can quickly adapt to the changes and adjust to the new market conditions. Digital power is the combination of the power of knowledge, the power of information and technology, the power of people, and the power of creativity. Traditional IT in the industrial age is often blamed as the controller and change laggard, but nowadays, all leading companies across the vertical sectors declare they are in the information management business, IT needs to become the linchpin of digitalization and innovation engine of the business. To be creative, you must do something different, creativity is all about change. Contemporary CIOs should take bold leadership, practice unconventional thinking and run innovative IT to get digital ready.

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, skill sets, and even a unique title (not for the status quo, but for enforcing position influence), become the top business leader to lead digital transformation smoothly.

Which qualities, technical as well as leadership skills, are true differentiators to become a unique CIO IT plays a more critical role in driving changes and leading digital transformation, thus, the bar of CIO leadership is also raised for adapting to the faster pace of changes and continuous digital disruptions. It is not sufficient to be just a tactical manager to keep the lights on, in fact, today’s IT leaders should have the multi-faceted personas, multilayered professional capabilities, and the multitude of leadership qualities and skill set in order to lead seamlessly. But more specifically, which qualities, technical as well as leadership skills, are true differentiators to become a unique CIO.

Playing Innovation Oddball: Break Through Conventional Mindset People do have their own set of beliefs and practices, which is called as Conventional Mind. And they have the right to live with the same mindset. With age, they tend to become risk-averse, so they have a tendency to stick to conventional wisdom. But when you need creative ideas, you often need to play innovation oddball by practicing anti-conventional thinking. Unconventional wisdom often means fresh insight or “out-of-the-box” thinking by breaking through the conventional mindset.

The Intellectual "VOICE" of Digital CIOs The digital organization is a living business in the relationship with its environments, customers, suppliers, and above all enhances and supports the creative human spirit via connecting, discovery, and experimentation. IT continues to grow in importance to organizations, both operationally and as a competitive advantage. Thus, digital CIOs must raise the intellectual VOICE, not via speaking louder, but via thinking profoundly, communicating insightfully, and leading innovatively.

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