Where there is a big mess, there is also a big opportunity. That is why finding and picking the low hanging fruit is so important. Frankly, the worst situation for a new CIO would be to follow a highly-successful "legend." I have seen two CEOs do this very well. It requires a big dose of humility and competence!
A couple of years ago on a beautiful autumn afternoon I received a call from a young man I had coached for about six months earlier in the year. He anxiously asked if I had a few minutes to talk, which fortunately, I did. He was a member of the senior IT leadership team in a division of a large organization where he reported to the CIO. He told me that the divisional president had asked to talk with him that afternoon. When he arrived the president quickly got to the point telling him that the CIO had been dismissed and he asked him to assume the role. He had l