You've worked your way up the career ladder to the C-Suite, and now as CIO you're leading a mission-critical department in your organization. But how do you take the next step and rise from the ranks of the "tech guy" to a position of influence, respected by departments throughout your company? The following ten recommendations from consulting firm Janco Associates can help. These tips can help you break out of the technology trenches and develop your business skills. Much of the advice reflects the need to walk a fine line between driving winning technology initiatives and letting your teams grow and develop on their own. You have to accept blame when projects fail, but you also should generously bestow praise and give credit to your teams when they are successful. Does this sound tricky? It should be. Only a select few in any corporation can command these qualities - and earn respect as a result.