Why CIOs Must Change Their Leadership Style

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-03-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Vision Statement, Part I
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    Vision Statement, Part I

    75% of surveyed CIOs plan to change their leadership style over the next three years.
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    Vision Statement, Part II
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    Vision Statement, Part II

    47% will seek to amplify their vision over the next three years, while 65% will reduce their 'command and control' efforts.
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    Dicey Territory
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    Dicey Territory

    89% said that the digital world engenders new, vastly different, and higher, levels of risk, and nearly seven out of 10 said their organization's discipline of risk management isn't keeping up with the new, higher levels of risk.
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    IT Priority List: Smart Move
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    IT Priority List: Smart Move

    50% consider business intelligence/analytics as a top IT investment priority, up from 41% in 2014.
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    IT Priority List: Foundational Assets
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    IT Priority List: Foundational Assets

    37% said infrastructure and data centers are a top tech priority, up from 31% last year.
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    IT Priority List: On the Move
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    IT Priority List: On the Move

    34% cite mobility as a top priority, up from 24% in 2014.
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    IT Priority List: Carefully Plotted
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    IT Priority List: Carefully Plotted

    34% said enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a top priority, up from 26% last year.
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    IT Priority List: Weather Update
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    IT Priority List: Weather Update

    32% said the cloud represents a top tech priority, up from 27% in 2014.
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    Token Progress
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    Token Progress

    Just one out of 10 said their organization has a chief digital officer, but that's up from last year.
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    Transformational Takeaways: From IT Efficiency to Value Creation
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    Transformational Takeaways: From IT Efficiency to Value Creation

    CIOs must stop dwelling on the cost of IT per dollar of revenue, and focus on increasing the revenue per dollar of IT cost (thus, calculating tech productivity).
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    Transformational Takeaways: From Business Case to Benefits Life Cycle
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    Transformational Takeaways: From Business Case to Benefits Life Cycle

    Projects now require more experimentation, innovation and learning. To maximize business value, CIOs should focus more on the execution and 'benefits harvesting' stages of the project life cycle.
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    Transformational Takeaways: From Aligning With Corporate Culture to Building a Digital Culture

    A traditional, risk-adverse culture that views IT as simply an enabler of transactions will devour the most innovative of digital strategies.
 

A clear majority of CIOs are redefining the essence of their leadership, according to the 2015 Gartner CIO Agenda survey report. The report, titled "Flipping to Digital Leadership," indicates that CIOs are placing less emphasis on command-and-control duties so they can articulate a broader, more strategic vision. As part of this, they're pushing business intelligence and analytics to the top of the IT investment priority list. The report includes transformational best practices, and we've included samples of those here, including methods for maximizing the value of tech efforts as opposed to focusing strictly on costs. "Not only do CIOs expect, and aspire to, a leading role in digitalization, their CEOs expect them to step up and lead the digital charge during this critical transition period," according to the report. "To seize this unique opportunity, and ensure that their enterprises survive and thrive in an increasingly digital world, CIOs must accept the digital now, digital first reality, address long-standing challenges in value and risk management that could thwart digitalization and replace pragmatic command and control with vision and inspiration." More than 2,800 global CIOs took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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