Every CIO wants to be influential, to walk into a meeting with the CEO and share strategies that could shape the IT department. However, it won’t happen if the CIO isn’t first seen to be competent in other areas. Owen McCall shares from his lessons learned as an experienced CIO. Your boss won’t hear you out if he thinks you’re slacking in other areas. As CIO you might see your first duty to be IT strategies, but if sales reports are suffering, you will probably never get to talk about IT.
So how can you be seen as competent? McCall offers three tips. First, make sure the organization’s systems are reliable and run as needed. Second, finish projects on time, on budget, and with all the expected functions. Finally, treat all the organization’s resources as valuable, especially cash. It is only then that others will begin to notice you as someone trustworthy, competent, and worthy of being heard.