Change is coming to CIOs everywhere, and while it might be tempting to turn around and hide, or even firmly stand your ground, Thor Olavsrud has a different solution. Go with the flow! Run with the changes because they offer new opportunities, and now is the time to prove yourself indispensable to your organization.
One way to do this is to assess your process landscape. If you notice too much time being spent on maintenance and not enough on innovation, look for ways to streamline processes and tip the scales in innovation’s favor. Also, stop saying no to user requests. Users will go around you if you don’t stop to examine the situation and understand their needs.
Sometimes you need to leave the office and get in touch with the business. If the budget is no longer smiling in your direction, go where the money is. Seek the sponsorship of c-level peers, but also show them what you have to offer. IT isn’t going anywhere, and the CIO doesn’t have to either.