CIOs Struggle With The New Challenge Of Citizen Developers

CIOs have to deal with users who are creating software to solve business problems

As though CIOs didn’t already have enough to worry about with the importance of information technology, it now turns out that within their own company there may be a shadow IT department at work. What has happened is that there is a growing demand for software and this has given rise to pseudo-programmers who, though … Read more

What CIOs Should Do If Nobody Is Listening To Them

Is it really the responsibility of talkers to get listeners to hear them?

As a CIO, communication is a key part of your job as you try to share the importance of information technology. You really need people to pay attention to what you are telling them to do. However, in this day and age it all too often seems as though the people that you are talking … Read more

Are You Creating A Toxic Culture In The IT Department?

CIOs are responsible for the culture that they make in the IT department

Just by being the person with the CIO job you change things. Your department looks up to you for guidance in how they are supposed to behave. What a lot of people in the CIO position don’t realize is that within the IT department, all the way down the line of command, people are watching … Read more

Are You A Confidant CIO – Or An Overconfident CIO?

The line is easy to cross and hard to recognize

So just exactly what does it take to be a successful CIO? I think that we can all agree that one of the key traits that the person in the CIO position needs to have is the self-confidence to deal with issues related to the importance of information technology. If we don’t believe in ourselves, … Read more

Know-It-All CIOs Are The Source Of The Problem

Know-it-all CIOs don't think that they need input from anyone

CIOs who are excited about their jobs and who are ambitious often like to act like they know everything. This kind of behavior becomes very visible to everyone that they work with. As they move on in their career, these CIOs often start to realize that, despite the importance of information technology, just how little … Read more

Should CIOs “Friend” People That They Work With?

Friending colleagues can be a tricky business

So just exactly what is this “friendship” thing? For that matter how important is it? For most CIOs, friendship is very important. We’d all like to have as many friends as we possibly can. However, in this day and age we often indicate our friendship with someone by “friending” them in online social media sites. … Read more

CIOs Need To Start To Understand How Other People Learn

In order to manage people, you need to understand how they think

Most CIOs feel comfortable when they are dealing with the things that they know the best which show off the importance of information technology: servers, networks, software, firewalls, etc. However, in order to be a successful CIO we also have to be good at dealing with something else: people. In order to successfully manage the … Read more