Congratulations CIO, you’re moving up in the world. With the growth of IT in the business, comes the acceptance of the CIO into the C-suite of executives. However, just because the CIO is sitting with the big kids now, doesn’t mean that seat won’t be on the periphery unless the CIO commands the attention deserved. Ben Rossi suggests five ways the CIO can become an integral part of the company and not just the wallflower tech-geek in the corner.
First, be prepared for surprises. The initial promises given to sweet talk you into a new company don’t mean there isn’t a lot of hard work ahead. Use the first 90 days of a new position wisely and learn everything you can about the inner-workings of the organization. Also, recognize that what worked in the past, might not work in the future. A new company culture means new decisions. Finally, build a shared vision for the role of IT in the business. Engage other executives in your plans for the future, and build an IT savvy C-Suite by delivering value. Don’t just tell the other executives what you can do; show them what IT can do. It won’t be long before the CIO is an accepted part of the C-Suite community.