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Seven Things Experienced CIOs Wish They Knew Earlier

Ever wish you could offer advice to your younger self, or know ten years ago what you know today? We’re still working on that time machine, but while you wait, here are Joe Stangarone’s seven tips from the experienced CIO.

1.       Understand your user’s problems

2.       Assume the best

3.       When conflict arises, talk about it (don’t email)

4.       Under-promise and over-deliver

5.       Focus more on the people and the business

6.       Find a trusted sound board

7.       Treat your vendors well

Some of these tips might seem self-explanatory, but that doesn’t mean you should write them off. Many new CIOs will be eager to please, forgetting the crucial under-promise and over-deliver aspect. In addition, many CIOs might seek advice; but neglect to find a trusted sound board, or someone unbiased who will help them implement their plan in addition to advising them.

However many years of CIO experience you have under your belt, there’s always more to be learned in the future. Unless you’ve already completed your time machine…in which case, we have many other things we’d like to discuss. 


About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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