Do CIOs last much longer than David Moyes?

Most of us hope we leave our current workplace with a better record than that of David Moyes, who left Manchester United with the lowest ever Premier League points total for the current title champions after just eight months in charge.

Less than a year isn’t much time in which to work your magic, however, as any CIO will tell you. In fact, the average job length for an English Premier League manager is just 1.9 years – but what is the best length of time to stay in your job as a CIO?

IDG’s Martin Veitch writes: "For many CIOs, two or three-year stints are the norm. That’s just not long enough to really get under the skin of the business, critics argue, and it’s true that many CIOs leap from job to job with hardly a backward glance or get booted out without good reason.

"A March 2013 Harvard Business review article argued that the optimal tenure for a CEO is 4.8 years. Go much beyond that and too many leaders have a tendency to perpetuate the status quo and rely too much on internal networks for feedback."



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