The most ambitious CIOs are not only committed to the business, but they are also dedicated to spending more time in boardroom conversations centred around strategic transformation, and less time bogged down with keeping the lights on. Some will even have their eyes firmly fixed upon the next opportunity to shift into the CEO office.
As others have shown, those on the right road to achieving their ambitious career objectives engage in business conversations that are rooted in value, return on investment and competitive advantage. While key components of a CIO's operational world include systems, enterprise applications and core infrastructure, they should be out of bounds for the boardroom.
Here are three actions a CIO can take to steer their career to the top:
- Put yourself up front
- Build a transformation toolbox
- Take risky bets