Desirable Traits in a CIO

Every now and then, I think it would be great to be a CIO, in part because the title seems so cool. As a CIO, you get invited to great conferences for “C level” executives. And you get a great magazine – CIO magazine, one of my favorite magazines
Speaking of CIO magazine and CIOs, CIO Insight has a great article on desirable traits in a CIO. Now, you will need to get past the inflammatory title (“Does it Take a Psychopath to Make a Good CIO?”) and read the substance of the article, because the article really answers the question posed by the title with a “no.”
If you are a CIO, are a firm with a CIO or are a firm thinking about hiring a CIO (hmmm, I think that may cover everyone), this article will give you a way to think about the CIO position in your firm or organization.
Here are the money quotes:
“CIOs tend to love technology,” said Berg. “But not in the same way as programmers or system administrators, who gravitate toward technology because they think it’s cool. CIOs are much more interested in what technology can do for a company than simply what it can do, period. That’s an important distinction in terms of personality.”
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The good ones have a balanced view of people, process and technology. They care about how the company meets its goals while embracing technology. They have to be emotionally invested to do that.”
These quotes strike me as right on target.
So, now I’m back in the wanting-to-be-a-CIO mode. But I think that really means I want to be a part-time CIO or a CIO splitting time between several firms or organizations.
I’m thinking about putting together a package of consulting services that does exactly that. I’d welcome any comments and suggestions from readers to help me think that through and put that package together.
If you wanted to get a package of services that approximated what a CIO might do for you, what would that package include? I’ll share the ideas I receive.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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