10 Questions Good CIOs Should Ask Themselves

10 Questions Good CIOs Should Ask Themselves

10 Questions: Dialed InDialed In

Question 1: “How well do you align skills, interests, knowledge base, passions, etc. to the true job demands?” Individual talent means little if it’s misallocated.

10 Questions: 20/20 Vision20/20 Vision

Question 2: “Have you sat down with staffers to lay out a mutually beneficial short- and long-term game plan?” Teams need to know the immediate—and ultimate—goals at all times.

10 Questions: Best PracticesBest Practices

Question 3: “Have you established expectations for communications, collaboration and performance—and do you reinforce them often?” Don’t leave this as something for “employees to figure out themselves.”

10 Questions: Unwritten but UnderstoodUnwritten but Understood

Question 4: “Do you clearly identify the less tangible ‘job within a job’ that isn’t included in the position description?” These duties often matter as much as the stated job functions.

10 Questions: Above and BeyondAbove and Beyond

Question 5: “Are you rewarding employees for exceeding ‘job within a job’ expectations?” If you don’t, they won’t feel compelled to do anything beyond the basics of their job description.

10 Questions: Problem SolverProblem Solver

Question 6: “How often do you proactively remove roadblocks and bottlenecks which impact team performance?” In doing so, they’ll respect you as an IT department advocate who delivers.

10 Questions: Personal AssessmentPersonal Assessment

Question 7: “How high does the employee’s working-life quality rank on your list of priorities?” Good bosses demonstrate compassion by caring.

10 Questions: On PointOn Point

Question 8: “Do you come to meetings prepared with relevant information and research?” Your teams will spot a boss who wings it—and conclude that you’re wasting their time.

10 Questions: In ConferenceIn Conference

Question 9: “Are you willing to meet as often as is useful, but only as long as is necessary?” Leaders take pride in their meeting utility and efficiency.

10 Questions: Follow-ThroughFollow-Through

Question 10: “Do you follow-up either formal meetings or one-on-one ‘actionable conversations’ with e-mails that put in writing what needs to get done?” When you do, there’s no ambiguity about your expectations.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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