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.