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The Honeymoon is Over: What a CIO can Expect After Their First 90 Days

meeting“I met up with a CIO who had taken up a new assignment with a new company in a different sector from his previous industry; he had just completed a little over three months in the new role. Within a month he had enough data to form a sketch of the company landscape and a roadmap of the journey that would demonstrate the efficacy of his understanding of the enterprise. In the previous week to our meeting, he had received endorsement of his strategy and plan including the long-term funding. So the excitement was understandable and shared by his team; from being in the laggards’ quadrant of IT adoption, they were on the journey to the one marked followers and he hoped to get into the “early adopters” block within two years”

This time in a new position is typically referred to as a honeymoon period. It is the first 30 to 90 days on the job. This is time that the individual takes to familiarize themselves with the company, its politics and culture, and ask questions to be informed about the direction their position will take them. This is a time to find your boundaries and discover your “place.”

But honeymoons don’t last forever and they are getting shorter. Often the expectation to hit the ground running in a new position reduces the opportunity to settle in to a new role. SO the question to ask yourself is are you up to it?

About Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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