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Use Three Questions to Focus Your CIO Career Opportunities: What Will Keep Your Job, Double Your Bonus and Get You Promoted?

Published: 08 June 2015

ID: G00275423

Analyst(s): John Mahoney, Remi Gulzar


CIOs are increasingly challenged to strengthen, renew and extend their roles amid operational challenges and huge opportunities. The answers to three decisive questions will help shape your priorities, work plan and career. We explain the questions and how to use the answers.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Three Questions to Focus Your CIO Role
    • How to Use These Questions and Answers, and Where to Start


  • Focus on a Set of Specific Questions to Advance Your CIO Career
  • What Will Keep Your Job?
    • Performance and Reliability of the IT Organization and IT Service
    • Security and Business Continuity
    • Financial Management and Cost
    • Business Engagement, Not Technology-Centric Control
    • Personal Credibility and Trustful Relationships
  • What Will Double Your Bonus or Your Merit Pay Award?
    • Exceed Expectations
    • Anticipate and Act: Faster, Cheaper, More Flexibly — Before They Ask
    • Deliver New and Compelling Insights About Your Enterprise and How Technology Will Help
    • Master Political Influencing and Harmonizing
    • Build the Capabilities of Your Team and Delegate
  • What Will Get You Promoted or Hired for a Bigger Job?
    • Lead Business Creation and Execution of the Digital Agenda
    • Build Shared Development of Technology Capabilities Throughout the Enterprise
    • Create External Reputation and Exposure in Nontechnology Channels
    • Get Outside the Box That People Expect for You and Your Role
    • Develop Your Potential Successors as CIO

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