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The First 100 Days As CIO

Your first three months on the job are the ultimate predictor of your long-term success. Understand what to prioritize when everything is a priority.

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Your Challenge

  • Your first 100 days as a new leader will have multiple streams of information competing for your attention. Come to the table with a plan to manage the complexity of the task ahead, get up to speed on organizational needs, and craft a vision for long-term success.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • The volume of demand in the first 100 days can often lead to analysis paralysis, with new CIOs failing to demonstrate their ability to lead and produce the results they were brought in to achieve.
  • All eyes are on the new CIO to show how they can deliver on the value that they promise. Without early visible value creation, the CIO runs the risk of losing the confidence of their stakeholders.

Impact and Result

  • Follow Info-Tech’s 100-day plan (Listen, Assess, Deliver) to strike the right balance between analysis and action and set yourself up for long-term success as a business leader.
  • Level set expectations of your role as CIO and understand the ways that your success will be measured.
  • Conduct an assessment of IT’s capabilities and current commitments to understand what current pains need to be addressed and what opportunities exist to improve IT’s ability to deliver upon expectations.
  • Meet with key stakeholders across the organization and create an Organizational Catalog that records key details about their priorities, in-flight initiatives, and key performance indicators in order to identify themes and build confidence in your ability to address business needs.
  • Craft vision and value statements for your tenure as CIO that align with the organizational culture and priorities.
  • Manage your communications across the 100 days to ensure the visibility of your success and cement your role as a business leader.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our Executive Brief to understand the common challenges in the first 100 days, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. The First 100 Days As CIO

Use the storyboard and tools provided to manage information dependencies and complete the high-value activities necessary to set yourself up for long-term success.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Foundational prep and expectations

Call #1 - Assess your competitive environment.
Call #2 - Review your expectations as CIO.

Guided Implementation #2 - Get to know your stakeholders

Call #1 - Design stakeholder interview.
Call #2 - Identify common themes from stakeholder interviews.

Guided Implementation #3 - Cultural assessment and quick-win analysis

Call #1 - Review your organization’s cultural archetype.
Call #2 - Review finalized early wins.

Guided Implementation #4 - Leadership vision and communication

Call #1 - Create vision and value statements.
Call #2 - Plan stakeholder communication.

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Module 1: Develop a Leadership Mandate and Value Statements

The Purpose

  • Distill your stakeholder expectations and desired target state into a vision and set of values that the business can expect from IT.
  • Prerequisite: Requires completed stakeholder analysis and clearly defined expectations/KPIs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Communicate a compelling vision of what the future state of IT will look like.
  • Identify a set of values for the IT organization that will define a set of behaviors the business can expect.
  • Socialize your future direction with the larger organization to gain buy-in and feedback.




Review communicated expectations as CIO.


Review organizational priorities and in-flight commitments.


Craft vision and value statements that align with your mandate as CIO.

  • Leadership vision
  • Organizational value statements

Module 2: Early Win Identification

The Purpose

  • Identify potential quick wins that will align with your expectations as a CIO, have high visibility, and help you gain your key stakeholders's trust in your ability to deliver.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Map out your key initiatives based off your stakeholder interviews and assessments.
  • Analyze the initiatives based on visibility, effort, and risk to determine which early wins to schedule in your first 100 days.




Map your initiatives to determine their ratio of effort to impact.

  • IT initiative matrix

Further map your quick wins in terms of organizational visibility and risk of failure.

  • Visibility and risk analysis

Finalize selection of your early win initiatives.

  • Finalized early win initiatives