The good news: you're a smart person! The bad news: your brilliance has probably gone dull. Kevin Pashuk grew up in a place where making paper was the town business–and pulls the lessons from there into this article found on Xchange Events. Pashuk explains how workers were able to get more trees cut down if they took the time to sharpen their chainsaws before working. Citing Stephen Covey, Pashuk indicates that there are the areas of physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual to keep sharp – but Pashuk adds Leading IT as a fifth area for CIOs.
Keeping the CIO saw sharp means staying informed, putting yourself in the position of a learner, networking relationships, recognizing hype when you hear it, and developing your team. The CIO can't just stay idle and wait for problems to arise: they must always be expanding themselves and their abilities to help thier teams do better work.