Become a Strategic CIO
Create a personal development plan to take your career to the next level.
- As a CIO, you are currently operating in a stable and trusted IT environment, but you would like to advance your role to strategic business partner.
- CIOs are often overlooked as a strategic partner by their peers, and therefore face the challenge of proving they deserve a seat at the table.
- To become a strategic business partner, you must think and act as a business person that works in IT, rather than an IT person that works for the business.
- Career advancement is not a solo effort. Building relationships with your executive business stakeholders will be critical to becoming a respected business partner.
Impact and Result
- Create a personal development plan and stakeholder management strategy to accelerate your career and become a strategic business partner. For a CIO to be considered a strategic business partner, he or she must be able to:
- Act as a business person that works in IT, rather than an IT person that works for the business. This involves meeting executive stakeholder expectations, facilitating innovation, and managing stakeholder relationships.
- Align IT with the customer. This involves providing business stakeholders with information to support stronger decision making, keeping up with disruptive technologies, and constantly adapting to the ever-changing end-customer needs.
- Manage talent and change. This involves performing strategic workforce planning, and being actively engaged in identifying opportunities to introduce change in your organization, suggesting ways to improve, and then acting on them.
- Ken Piddington, Chief Information Officer and Executive Advisor, MRE Consulting
- Kin Lee-Yow, VP IT, CAA South Central Ontario
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Start here – read the Executive Brief
Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should become a strategic CIO, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.
Analyze strategic CIO competencies and assess business stakeholder satisfaction with IT using Info-Tech's CIO Business Vision Diagnostic and CXO-CIO Alignment Program.
Evaluate strategic CIO competencies and business stakeholder relationships.
Create a personal development plan and stakeholder management strategy.
Develop a scorecard to track personal development initiatives.
Module 1: Assess Competencies & Stakeholder Relationships
- Gather and review information from business stakeholders.
- Assess strategic CIO competencies and business stakeholder relationships.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Gathered information to create a personal development plan and stakeholder management strategy.
- Analyzed the information from diagnostics and determined the appropriate next steps.
- Identified and prioritized strategic CIO competency gaps.
- Evaluated the power, impact, and support of key business stakeholders.
|1.1||Conduct CIO Business Vision diagnostic||
|1.2||Conduct CXO-CIO Alignment program||
|1.3||Assess CIO competencies||
|1.4||Assess business stakeholder relationships||
Module 2: Take Control of Your Personal Development
- Create a personal development plan and stakeholder management strategy.
- Track your personal development and establish checkpoints to revise initiatives.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Identified personal development and stakeholder engagement initiatives to bridge high priority competency gaps.
- Identified key performance indicators and benchmarks/targets to track competency development.
|2.1||Create a personal development plan||
|2.2||Create a stakeholder management strategy||
|2.3||Establish key performance indicators and benchmarks/targets||
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