Reaching the executive suite can be an exciting milestone but, like a sports team who is rated #1, without adequate preparation and continuous growth, you won’t stay there long. For those who make it to the “C-suite” and stay there, leadership skills become far more important than the technical prowess that may have first attracted the attention of their peers and managers. One of the main reasons many CIOs fail in the executive role is they are technicians who have been thrust into a corporate leadership role as a “reward” for their technical accomplishments.
Like many of you I have followed the trials and tribulations of the healthcare.gov roll out with a mixture of amusement, bewilderment and horror. Folks who know my background in IT ask what I think about all of this and what I think should be done. My answer to both is “Darned if I know!” Even this week’s “CIO question of the week” on this site ends with the phrase, “Utterly confused, skeptical.” Have we, as Steward Brand once obser
Every leader, whether you are a corporate executive, a department head or a young middle manager on your way up, will be confronted with temptations that test the limits of your ethics. Over the course of my career I have witnessed literally dozens of people who, in a moment of weakness, made moral and ethical compromises that ruined their careers, destroyed or seriously damaged their company and, in one case, landed them in prison.
Listening is an important skill that all managers need to cultivate. You are certainly correct that all too often the boss is focused on demonstrating how brilliant they are at the expense of listening and engaging in a meaningful dialog.
The two folks I referenced were colleagues, not bosses, although I did work for at least one who probably admired 'The Prince." Needless to say, he wasn't one of my favorites!
BYOD is a great example of where CIOs need to make sure that their backs are covered. Sell the CIO and fellow leadership team members on the enforcement components of your policy BEFORE you start playing hard ball with enforcement. To do otherwise would be taking an unnecessary career risk.