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CIOs’ Guide to Help their Teams Turn Digitally Advance

The CIO’s aiming to lead their teams to participate in digital transformation exercises, must consult, guide, and work with them to leverage the transformation cycle. However, the transformation entails the change of the business and operating model.

To align with a redefined digital business strategy, in this article at CIO, Thomas Macaulay suggests lean and diverse ways through which CIOs can lead the digital transformation of the team.

Digital Blockade

Given the erratic priorities and constraints, some CIOs find it challenging to embrace digital technology. So, the CIOs must proactively act to make their teams digitally advanced, instead of passively waiting to react. Learn from these business leaders how they communicate their digital strategy to upgrade IT literacy in the organization:

  • Show & Prove Approach: Southampton FC IT Director Matthew Reynolds explains his digital plans with a ‘show and prove’ approach to align the work of IT with the overall business objectives. To implement this approach, do small pieces of work that the board recognizes and see its benefits. Build the board’s trust to get investments.
  • Schedule Review Meetings: Centrica CIO Mike Young keeps the leadership team well-informed about his digital strategy via a combination of scheduled review meetings and spontaneous discussions. He takes the digital approach to the board in every six months to review progress while at the executive level, the CEO and his executive team discuss it often.
  • Storytelling: Lowell Group Chief Data Officer (CDO) Caroline Carruthers shares her strategy through a storytelling technique that helped her business understand the GDPR requirements. The CDO must possess the right storytelling skill to make it easy to understand. Each step towards it takes you closer to where you need to be.
  • Improve Communication: Ascential CIO Sean Harley suggests improving communications with the executive team by making presentations to the board and the audit committee. It will also allow drawing on the expertise of a tech-savvy boardroom. Harley also suggests a regular visit to each region and hosts a quarterly global call for all staff members, which is recorded and uploaded to the intranet for future reference.
  • Show Evidence: Eddie Stobart was not known for innovation when CIO John Court joined the transportation and distribution company in 2014. However, it has become a central part of the business. By communicating the potential of technology to the boardroom and showing them evidence of the success, Court made this happen.

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