Podcast: staff retention and succession plans for the CIO

CIOs should plan for their succession. In the current economy you could be forgiven for engineering yourself out of a job, but as this discussion involving the CIO of the Arts Council and John Whiting of CIO recruitment specialists Harvey Nash demonstrates, it is a valuable asset you owe to your team and organisation.

Listen in to this wide ranging discussion where CIO UK online editor Mark Chillingworth, Arts Council CIO Owen Powell and John Whiting explore what CIOs need to consider when creating a succession plan.

Also, with signs that the economy is improving and that organisations are once again looking to invest in IT, the discussion analyses what the CIO needs to do to retain a talented team, how to keep IT people motivated and the value of training and the dreaded ‘away day'.

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Bill Brindle at Hogg Robinson Group is one CIO who believes in succession planning.

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"Identifying a succession plan is certainly sensible. If I get run over there must be someone who can pick up the ball and make sure that the people below them can do the same," he says.

The hardest part according to the CIO is taking the time to teach people how to your job well rather than always doing everything yourself. He sees many IT leaders who have made this mistake and have damaged their organisations and the careers of their teams as a result.

"If your people are not developing skills they just become expensive developers and not managers," he says.

Brindle doesn't agree with the current trend towards mentoring a chosen one who will become the CIO on your departure. "Mentoring on one person can make life difficult and gets others off-side," he says. Instead a wide group should be developed.

To learn more about the CIO at corporate travel specialists, read the full CIO interview here.

Previous CIO Podcasts include a discussion on how CIOs can lead the organisation out of the current downturn, available here.