Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Monthly CIO Debates Collection & “Digital IT” Book Tuning: Can CIOs Wear New Thinking Hat May 2020

Debating is not for stimulating conflicts, but for brainstorming better ways to do things.

Due to the changing nature of technology, IT leadership roles also continue to involve & shift the focus, to move up the maturity level. More and more CIOs are requested to take more responsibility and many CIOs present the breadth of leadership competency.

The proactive IT debates help IT leaders to brainstorm better ways to do things and improve management capabilities. Here are the monthly CIO debates collections about envisioning digital IT leadership and running high-performance digital IT organizations.

               Can CIOs Wear New Thinking Hat  

Can CIOs Wear the New Thinking Hat to Run IT as the Business
Information is now permeating into every corner in the business, and technology is often the disruptive force of digitalization? The general expectation from IT has changed. Not only are they being seen as an enabler, but they are also now mandatorily required to give ROI for the investments. Forward-looking organizations also empower their CIOs to lead change and catalyze innovation. The CIO's leadership penetration is about the depth of leadership insight and the breadth of enterprise knowledge upon understanding business as a whole. CIOs need to update both their mindsets as well as leadership responsibilities to run IT as the business.

Contemporary CIOs Think as “Chief Enterprise Architect” The breadth and depth of IT management include people management (talented people with skills and capabilities), process management (workflow, process effectiveness & efficiency), organizational architecture design, IT portfolio management, and performance management.

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.

Digital CIO’s Mindset, Skillset, and Toolset The CIO role is perhaps one of the most sophisticated executive positions in modern businesses because they have to wear multiple personas and adapt to changes all the time, due to the exponential growth of information and the changing nature of technologies. They need to be both business strategists and hands-on managers; advocate innovation and set policies; drive changes and manage risks, etc. Overall speaking, CIOs are the leadership role, not only do they need qualities and skills to transform their IT organization, more importantly, they should have altitude, aptitude, and attitude to be the influencers, change agents, and talent masters in the enterprise and its expanding business ecosystem; and they should get the mindset, skillset and toolset ready for driving changes and leading digital transformation effortlessly.

Three Digital Traits to Become a Sophisticated Modern CIO Due to the disruptive nature of technology and fast-growing information, and in a world where practically every aspect of nearly every business, as mundane and detached from IT either sales or accounting, is wholly dependent on IT to a high degree, the CIO role is perhaps one of the most sophisticated executive positions in modern businesses because they have to wear multiple personas to practice situational leadership and keep reinventing IT to adapting to changes all the time. For the modern CIO, that simply means being a proper "C-level" leader to amplify leadership influence and a tactical manager to keep IT running flawlessly at the prevailing level of sophistication. Here are three digital traits to become a sophisticated modern CIO.

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