New CIO Starter Guide

If you are a new CIO or a seasoned professional taking on a new challenging role, knowing how to get started in your new role is one can be incredibly challenging yet essential for personal growth as a leader. Even more importantly, the skills and experience that you are able to provide can play a direct role in the success of the organization that you are representing. In this article, we will give you a basis for what a new CIO should know before getting started and further expand on this information in future articles.

While the needs of each organization are different, there are some common responsibilities that will generally accompany a CIO role. However, these roles can vary depending on the industry, level of business growth, and the overall emphasis is placed on each of these responsibilities. In future articles, we will explore these responsibilities on a monthly basis to help set realistic goals and provide an expectation of what is in store for the future in your role as a CIO.

As a new CIO, you will need to use your first 100 days to build a relationship with executive-level management to ensure you understand the business goals of the organization and establish yourself as a team player. While familiarizing yourself with the IT infrastructure and systems may seem like a great starting spot, you need to ensure that you are working as an ally of the organization to achieve their predetermined goals. Remember to keep your priorities straight to ensure the best experience and performance possible.

In most organizations, the executive-level management team won’t know the exact ways that IT contributes to the overall strategy of the company. Although this can put you at a disadvantage, it also provides a very unique opportunity for you to become integrated, explain your duties, and prove your value to other members of the organization. We look forward to explaining the duties that you should be striving to complete every month and hope you will join us as you continue to grow into your new CIO role.

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