The first days as new CIO set the baseline and tone for your future tenure. As a digital leader, it may seem obvious to focus on technology first, but your focus should be on networking, understanding, and crafting and executing the right plan.
YOUR FOCUS IN THE FIRST 90 DAYS
THE FIRST 90 DAYS AND BEYOND
Learn about the company and industry, competition, key players within the company, social media and current PR issues, articles about your predecessor, available financial figures — everything about what and who drives your next company.
A new CIO needs to understand the business and it's top leaders target. What is the CEO focused on? What are the top priorities now? ... next year? How is technology seen? Understanding this will enable you to craft the right plans.
Get an Overview
What was the latest strategy? What are your capabilities and portfolio? Do you know your budget, capacities, skills, and external suppliers? How is the architectural state, what are the core processes, and how compliant is your organization?
Culture & Empowerment
Driving change is all about people. Work with the Chief HR Officer to identify and implement the necessary cultural change, such as moving away from hoarding information and silos toward transparency and collaboration.
Communication is key. Create a common view and language — for IT and at the interfaces to business. Make decision-relevant data transparent to facilitate communication and improve the overall quality of decision making.
Manage the Dependencies
Align strategy with capabilities and portfolio, budget and capacity with run and change issues, projects, products and services with current and future architectural state, taking into account compliance guidelines.
Establish a Fast Execution
Intensify relationships with businesses by providing fast and reliable execution. This will help you gain trust and influence. Identify allocation conflicts early and resolve them with the next quarter in mind.