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New CIO: Nerve-wracking Journey of My First Days at Work

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The article highlights the key elements that newly appointed CIOs should focus on during their first 60 days on the job in order to set a course for long-term success. Key points include:

  • Building relationships with the CEO and senior management team to understand their expectations and gain support;
  • Assessing the IT department, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the staff, and building relationships with IT leaders and managers;
  • Visiting user line managers and staff to understand their needs and ensure IT projects are delivering value;
  • Reviewing projects, initiatives, priorities, and timelines to align IT with the strategic goals of the organization.

The article emphasizes the importance of developing strong political skills as a CIO, as a significant portion of the job involves building relationships and managing interpersonal dynamics. It also notes that while technical expertise is important, communication and relationship-building skills are equally critical for success in this role.

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