You have a new CEO – Now what?
The changing of the guard at the top of an organisation invariably happens. In today’s profit-aggressive business landscape, the arrival of a replacement CEO part way through your CIO tenure is a not uncommon possibility.
As the purpose of IT is to enable the business to achieve its goals, in one sense nothing should really change with a new CEO – if the corporate strategy maintains its course.
In reality, most new CEOs will want to stamp their own personality on things – isn’t that why they were recruited? Engaging with the senior executive, while maintaining a good working relationship, is therefore pivotal to success for the CIO. In practice, a lot will change.
One thing I’ve learned in a long IT career is that “the boss makes the job”. As CIO, your boss is most likely to be the CEO (or certainly a key stakeholder). Having a change of chief executive midway through execution of your strategic IT roadmap will surely have implications which must be managed.
A CEO who sees IT as a costly operational nuisance, compared to one who sees IT as a vital strategic partner and business enabler, are very different working scenarios.
So what changes could an incumbent CIO expect with a change at the top?
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