We have all heard the stories or witnessed them first hand. Perhaps it has happened to you. A once promising executive suddenly comes crashing to earth in a blaze of spectacular failure. Sometimes there are ethical or moral failures. Sometimes, as I noted in an earlier post on executive derailment, the problem stems from a failure to build and maintain peer relationships. But sometimes it is something else.
Absolutely. Of these, I believe that urgency may be the most important. John Kotter believed that having a sense of urgency was so important to his 8 step change process that he wrote a separate book on the subject appropriately titled "A Sense of Urgency."
Getting your staff and the key stakeholders on board is also critical. Here people need to clearly understand the rationale, the impact and what it means to them.
Actually I believe that this is true for most people regardless of their profession. It is the will and the courage to take action, especially in difficult or challenging situations, that sets many successful leaders apart. CIOs are no exception but sometimes the challenges they face can be exceptional!
A wise mentor once told me that the greatest distance in the world is the gap between knowing what to do and the will to do it. I think that many CIOs and the organizations they lead simply lack the will, courage and energy to do what needs to be done. One of the reasons an outsider can come in and make big changes is they don't have the past history of setbacks and lost battles that the sitting CIO May have. I believe that we have a lot of wounded executives in corporations who are "gun shy" when it comes to taking on organizational change because they have been badly burned by past failures and mistakes.