The CIO isn't necessarily their own boss. In fact, it's much more likely that the CIO is preoccupied enabling the rest if their staff. So how can a CIO get their own work done while still balancing the needs of their employees, the CEO, and high-level stakeholders? This blog post by Diane Greenhalgh answers that question in just six tips. The first step is to clarify your short, medium and long term priorities:
The first step toward making your projects a priority is to know what you want to get done and when. You'll need to get specific here, going beyond a list of goals you've promised your boss for the year. Start with your long-term priorities for the year, create timelines for projects that will take a long time, and use them to create your priority list of specific tasks and timelines for the next 2-3 months. Then regularly integrate this list into your short-term To Do List. This combined project list will set you up to keep an eye on your own work while also staying on top of assignments from others.
After that, create a priority list and keep it organized. This helps you get a clear overall picture of all the requests that are coming in from staff as well as executive leadership – making the scope of your upcoming work much more clear than perhaps a pile of emails. The rest fall into the category of communication: get as much information about each request right from the start, control the amount of unread emails in your inbox and determine the best way to control it, and keep a positive outlook for both your own stress levels but also for the confidence of your team.