A recent survey of chief information officers (CIOs) ranks the ten most important things to achieve in the first days of taking on the role.
- Understand the corporate strategy and assess how well the department you have inherited is aligned with that strategy.
- Communicate your own goals and leadership style to your team.
- Identify key success factors for IT from the perspective of all business unit and function heads.
- Structure your days and weeks so that you have time to learn, focus and create short-term value while preparing a long-term plan.
- Work with each group within your department to get a feel for team dynamics and individual team members.
- Establish interpersonal relationships with influential people and lay the groundwork for coalitions.
- Understand the history and current state of the relationship between the IT department and each business unit or corporate function.
- Target early wins that matter to your boss.
- Identify the informal networks in the organisation. (Who has the ear of the boss? Whom do frontline employees really trust and follow?)
- Negotiate the terms for success with your boss.
Source: Poll of 67 CIO respondents, published in "A Running Start: Success in Your First 90 Days on the Job," CIO Executive Council, December 2006.