Is it technical expertise, or business acumen?
Is it the ability to run the day to day operations, or to deliver new projects?
Is it driving efficiencies from the current set-up, or building a vision for the future?
Where do people and relationships fit into this picture? Building and developing a strong team for example.
Richard Hawes generated some interesting discussion with his post “Is there a language barrier between IT and the Business?”. What does the CIO need to do to bridge this gap?
Pearl Zhu wrote a great piece titled “IT at Cutting-Edge, CIO leads as a Bridge” which argues that the CIO acts a bridge between a number of things, including those mentioned above.
My view? The CIO is a chameleon that must balance all of the above and many more. Building relationships has always been a crucial CIO skill, however, being able to talk business is becoming more and more important.
What are your thoughts? What characteristics are key?
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