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Rules for Discussing Digital With the Board of Directors

Published: 09 October 2019

Summary

CIOs often present to the board of directors. But when digital is on the board’s agenda, it is not a presentation, but rather a strategic discussion of opportunities and risks. CIOs can succeed in these discussions by following a shortlist of rules and asking strategic questions.

Included in Full Research

  • Board Rules for Preparing Digital Discussions
    • Treat Digital as an Opportunity to Elevate Your Leadership Brand With the Board
    • Be a Business Leader First and a Technology Leader Second
    • Treat Digital as a Strategic Discussion With the Board Rather Than a Presentation
  • Board Rules for Managing the Digital Discussion
    • Always Pose Strategic Questions Using the Pronoun “We”
    • Frame Opportunities in Terms of Revenue, Cost and Risk
    • Make the Enterprise Risk-Taking Approach Central to Digital Discussions
  • Board Rules for Reporting Digital Progress
    • Organize Digital Options According to Intensity and Impact
    • Track Digital Progress in Terms of Revenue, Cost and Risk
    • Show Confidence in the Face of Unexpected Questions

Analysts:

Mark Raskino Ian Cox Tina Nunno

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