Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: The CIO as the Mentor to the Business Feb.

 The CIO needs to be engaged, and at the most senior levels to help influence and shape the business of the future. 

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 is a set of blogs for brainstorming unconventional CIOs and reinvent IT to get digital ready.

         The CIO as the Mentor to the Business

The CIO Positioned as a Mentor to the Business At today’s information-driven business dynamic, IT continues to grow in importance to organizations, both operationally and as a competitive advantage. Many think IT is shifting from being a static function which is often controlling or even lagging behind the changes to being the changing organization of the entire company. The role of the CIO also keeps evolving rapidly in the midst of accelerating changes in technology, the exponential growth of information and the tough journey of digital transformation. To improve leadership maturity, digital CIOs should transform their leadership style from “command & control” to coaching and mentoring, and position IT as a trustful business partner

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 Digital CIO’s Five-Step Leadership Scenario With information technology permeating into every aspect of the business, the role of the CIO is to drive the corporate vision and strategy through effectiveness and innovation in the knowledge and information channels. The CIO has to look forward and actively position the business in the right place to take full advantage of opportunities also manage risks accordingly. The CIO needs to be engaged, and at the most senior levels to help influence and shape the business of the future. Here is the digital CIO’s five-step leadership scenario.

Digital CIOs with Five Contemporary Intelligence Digital transformation represents a break from the past, with a high level of impact and complexity. IT plays a crucial role in leading changes and catalyzing innovation. Therefore, the Digital CIO is a sophisticated leadership role with multidimensional intelligence, having an in-depth understanding of the breadth and depth of the digital ecosystem, in order to manage multifaceted IT and reinvent IT organization as a change agent effortlessly.

Leaders as Coaches? Substantially, leadership is all about the future and change; direction and dedication; influence and innovation; methodically, there are authoritarian, delegation, and participation leadership styles. With organizations are transforming from mechanical industrial mode to organic digital mode, the command, and control authoritarian leadership style is less effective to manage today’s multi-generational, multicultural, and multi-devicing workforce. And leaders today are not the ones who always have all the answers due to the information overloading and shortened knowledge life cycle, but often they need to participate in framing good questions and encourage teams to find more than one answers, and always discover a better way to do things. The coach leads by asking: "How would you like to do it"? "Are there any other ways of doing it"? "Can you compare them"? "Which is best”? also, continue to update her/his own knowledge, coach and learn at the same time.

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