What Would the Next CIO Do? How to Preempt Your Successor

A CIO describes how he works on solving IT and relationship problems now -- while he can still get the glory -- instead of handing them off to his successor.

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In my six years as a CIO, I've heard countless statistics, jokes and other reminders of my job's typically short shelf life. Fortunately, I'm also a tenured associate professor, so I'll get to opine about IT leadership long after my "best if used by" date has passed.

After about four years in the post, though, I stopped asking why CIOs are such a famously short-lived breed. I chose instead to focus on pressing problems at my organization from a new perspective:

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