IT Management Slideshow: Myth-Busting the CIO Archetype

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-23-2010

Myth-Busting the CIO Archetype

Myth: CIOs may know about tech, but they fall short on "people smarts."

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Reality: Productive CIOs realize that human skills are just as essential as tech command.

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Myth: CIOs live in silos, and are only concerned about their own department's performance.

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Reality: Today's CIO is fully immersed in the needs of all departments to ensure that tech supports the organization, not the other way around.

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Myth: CIOs are the highest-paid employees on the IT side.

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Reality: Not necessarily. In many situations, senior architects and others actually executing the technology earn more. It's often easier to find a senior leader than a tech wizard.

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Myth: CIOs usually earned some kind of "techie" degree along the way.

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Reality: Some don't have any formal IT education. But technology ignites their passion and intellectual curiosity when it comes to envisioning how it can solve business challenges.

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Myth: The "buck stops here" at the CIO's desk on all tech decisions.

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Reality: With an increasingly mobile workforce holding more influence than ever over which tech tools are used in the enterprise, effective CIOs must pay attention to multiple stakeholders to help come up with high-performing IT solutions that minimize security risks.

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Myth: CIOs can't get enough of cloud solutions.

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Reality: That's what cloud evangelist would like everyone to believe. But CIOs ultimately are responsible for delivering the "right" solution, as opposed to the "right now" cloud solution.

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Myth: The CIO can help troubleshoot your smart phone/laptop/desktop problem.

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Reality: Maybe, maybe not. CIOs oversee the help desk. That doesn't mean a CIO would ever actually be hired to work for one.

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