How successful IT leaders take charge from day one

CIOs looking to win over their IT departments and business peers need to move quickly. Three CIOs offer tips for how to jump into a new gig and thrive.

How successful IT leaders take charge from day one
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CIOs starting new gigs have little time to waste in making their mark on the organization. Because they don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, winning over both their IT department and their business peers is of paramount importance.

“Companies are not looking for [just] technology leaders,” says Khalid Kark, research director of Deloitte’s CIO advisory program. “They’re looking for inspirational business leaders that can lead and inspire the IT organization and develop a culture of high-performing talent.”

In addition to counsel from Kark and his peers at McKinsey, KPMG and other consultancies, CIOs also have The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, the seminal onboarding tome by Michael D. Watkins.

Watkins advocates changing one’s mindset and quickening learning, cultivating an A-team, aligning strategy with the business, forging relationships and alliances with senior leaders and, of course, achieving quick wins. From hard to soft skills, it’s practical advice.

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