Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Dallas:
"A techie does not a good CIO make."
Tech skills are easy to come by and frankly not very useful for a CIO on a daily basis. Assuming you have some kind of tech schooling or more preferably, tech experience, focus on business and soft skills. You use those over 90% of the time compared to your technical skills.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Woodland Hills:
"Don’t sell yourself cheap!"
Set a minimum for yourself before accepting an offer from your employer and never go below that line.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Shawano:
"100 day plan."
Build out a 100 day plan to present during your interview or your first week on the job.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Chantilly:
"Get the Big Picture Fast -- Avoid the Weeds."
Get and overall picture of the systems, software, infrastructure and your teams current skills, talents, and responsibilities as soon as possible. Simultaneously work to understand the you Company's strategic objectives so that technology and systems can be aligned appropriately. Work hard to not get sucked down into the weeds of the daily problems that your team will be consumed with.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Bloomfield Hills:
"Work smart and hard."
Work smart. Think outside the box and find easier ways to do the same thing but also work hard if that is what it takes until you can figure out how to work smarter.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Provo:
Find out what is really important to the organization. Then let them know how that can be supported from the IT side. Include security, and lots of training. Even simple things can go a long way. Don't assume people know something, and let them know when you don't. Nobody expects you to know everything. Just be able to get them an accurate and timely response to things you don't know already.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Philadelphia:
"Nature of the CEO's leadership style."
Thoroughly understand the needs of your peer CXOs.