5 things newly appointed CIOs must do to succeed

The Boardroom

by Duncan MacRae| 08 January 2014

How to get off to the best start possible in your new job.

New research into the role of the CIO has highlighted what newly appointed incumbents must do to succeed in their new position.

Joe Peppard, from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin, suggests there are five things recently appointed CIOs must do in order to become credible and legitimate business leaders.

1. Be prepared for surprises, even after extensive due diligence

Nothing beats actually being in your new organisation. You have to remember that the initial information you collected was given to you in a process designed to encourage you to join the company or accept the new position.

2. Use the first 90 days to learn about the organisation

This goes beyond simply diagnosing IT problems and assessing your IT leadership team. It includes understanding the political environment, company culture and strategy as a whole as well as who the company power brokers are.

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