A CIO is paid to lead. But it's difficult to do so when you don't have the right organizational structure in place. A house, after all, is only as strong as its foundation. So whether you're "the new guy" as a CIO or you've worked within your current position for a year or longer, you should carefully consider the following nine winning organizational moves to implement for your IT department. As compiled by Janco Associates, the best practices here aren't the stuff of rocket science (even if you happen to supervise a number of rocket scientists). Instead, they're a useful collection of suggestions that cover both the big picture, such as alignment with company-wide strategies, and the day-to-day, like assigning key roles to your employees. By putting the following in play, you'll find that you've covered many critical bases, including the need to delegate, develop talent, ensure business continuity, track tech trends and monitor the competition. Better yet: It's not an "all or nothing" list. You can adapt only one or two ideas and still take advantage of results. For more about Janco's list, click here.
Chain of Command Limit your direct reports. There should be no more than five to seven.
This article was originally published on 08-19-2013