How to get off to the best start possible in your new job.
3. Recognise that what worked for you in the past might not be successful again.
Successful transitions are described as ‘doing the right things, the right way’. Understand the company’s culture and capacity for change and institute an action plan that fits.
4. Build a shared vision for the role and contribution of IT.
Being forward-looking – envisioning exciting possibilities and galvanising others in a shared view of the future – is the attribute that most distinguishes leaders from non-leaders.
5. Build C-Suite IT savvy by delivering demonstrative value.
The best way to increase the IT savvy of your executive stakeholders is to demonstrate how IT can generate value and enable key business strategies.
It is important to set realistic expectations and measure business results post-implementation. Once projects begin to yield value, you can start building momentum. Remember, most executives will not have bought into the shared responsibility view of IT and will see anything to do with information and IT as falling outside the scope of their responsibilities.
Peppard says: "This research shows the way for newly appointed CIO’s in what is an increasingly daunting and ambiguous role. Given the disruptive potential of technology, the CIO is perhaps more important to today’s organisation than ever before, and yet they are often still seen as the ‘Black Sheep’ of the C-suite.
"Historically, the CIO has been cast as a techie – more comfortable working on the technical aspects of IT systems than helping to devise and deliver overall business strategy. This is accurate and needs to change. In the age of ‘Big Data’ the strategic importance of information is clear – and it is the CIO’s responsibility to work with C-suite colleagues to make sure that this information is harnessed in the most beneficial way. With the level of digital literacy in the boardroom still far too low, the CIO must step up and act like a legitimate business leader in order to make sure this happens."