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Essential CIO skill: Self-promotion

brian_mcdonough.jpgBy Brian McDonough, Discover Performance managing editor


The newest issue of Discover Performance includes an article summarizing the lessons of the debut chapter of the Enterprise 20/20 crowdsourced ebook, describing the skills that CIOs—or aspiring CIOs—will need to have on their resumes by 2020. The e20/20 community focused on four attributes that will be critical to becoming one of these future IT executives: Driver of innovation, cross-discipline collaborator, information enabler, and balancer of security, risk and performance. 


Piet Loubser, a senior director in HP Software who focuses on metrics, suggests there should be a fifth vital attribute: the ability to communicate these skills and their results.   “It seems to me that the CIO will compete with lines of business for technology dollars,” Loubser notes, “and the CIO will not only have to be good at these four things, but will have to be able to demonstrate it continuously to the CEO and the rest of the business.”

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Homework for the successful IT Leader—finding and putting disruptive technology to work

Joel Dobbs.GIFGuest post by Joel H. Dobbs 

Joel H. Dobbs is the CEO and President of The Compass Talent Management Group LLC (CTMG), a consulting firm that assists organizations with the identification and development of key talent and with designing organizational strategies and structures to maximize their ability to compete in the business worlds of today and tomorrow. He is also an executive coach and serves as Executive in Residence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business.  Joel is also a popular and frequent contributor to the Executive CIO Forum where a version of this article was first published.



CIOs and IT leaders simply must do their due diligence. If you don’t do your homework someone else will and you will come out looking foolish, or worse. The ability to objectively and critically evaluate emerging technologies may be the single most important technical skill CIOs need in the years ahead.

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