Perhaps more than in any other area of the organization, the leadership of IT is called to prove itself time and again. This is a double-edged sword, in that it shows how important well-maintained IT really is. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels elaborates on how IT professionals can once and for all prove their worth to their organizations.
Four Ways to Prove Your Value
- Present new solutions to business adversity.
- Do not become so focused on IT you forget about products and services.
- Be an important member of the decision-making process.
- Help members of your team.
The CIO’s role and responsibility to the organization is expanding regularly, and it is in their best interest to better integrate themselves into the board. CIOs hold the knowledge and expertise about technology, and it is their job to explain its importance and relation at a strategic level to the rest of the organization. They can also provide innovative approaches to challenging situations.
CIOs that are too focused on the internal issues of IT run the risk of their position being eliminated. CIOs need to keep on top of where the cloud can improve operations and actively engage in making this a reality. They must diversify their focus to better encompass the needs of the organization.
CIOs should likewise be aware of what value they are adding to the organization. Always be thinking about where you can point your finger and say, “This is the ROI that IT has provided.” CIOs should also attend and be active at the board meetings to help express their opinions and unique insight.
The organization is a team, and IT is a team within that team. An organization should never become too reliant on one single individual; they would be setting themselves up for failure. Especially in IT it is easy to become hyper-focused on specific individual needs, but that is not what the organization needs. They need team players to build one another up and help them reach success.
You can read the original article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/four-ways-to-become-an-indispensable-manager/