What's Your CIO Style?

Curtis Franklin Jr., Executive Editor | 7/5/2013 | 33 comments

Curtis Franklin Jr.
What kind of CIO are you? CIOs are, by definition, managers and we all know that there are many different styles of management and leadership.

While most of the leadership styles can be effective, whether any particular style is effective in any particular organization depends on whether individual style matches organizational culture and management techniques. Successful CIOs either modify their style to fit the group or manage to find an organization that's the perfect fit for their particular style. CIOs that can do neither spend a great deal of time polishing their resumes.

I have, through no scientific process whatsoever, come up with seven CIO management styles. Run through the list and then answer three questions for us. First, which style do you think is yours? That's important. Next, which style do you think your employees would say is yours? That may be the most important question. Finally, which style do you prefer to work for? It will be interesting to compare and contrast the answers!

Click on the image below to get started -- and let's see which management style is most often found in the E2 community!

What's Your CIO Style?

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kstaron   What's Your CIO Style?   7/26/2013 5:52:21 PM
I prefer a nurse's care
I'm thinking that as far as working for one of these types of CIO it would be the Nurse. With a nurse as your project manager or team manager, everyone in the group feels their needs are met and can be happy producer. The doctors may come in and "pull rank" but the loyalty lies on the nurse that cares for things like flexible scheduling, skills you are trying to improve to be a better asset to the company, and how to please the client without giving away the store.
Sara Peters   What's Your CIO Style?   7/12/2013 12:58:46 PM
Re: CIO style is a mix of the different styles
@Marif  Ooh, you're right. If the HR people are themselves being encouraged to work overtime -- without being paid overtime -- then they may be less inclined to help out when an employee from a different department registers a complaint about their own extra hours.
Sara Peters   What's Your CIO Style?   7/12/2013 12:57:16 PM
Re: CIO style is a mix of the different styles
@Curt  It's always wonderful when someone like that comes into your life. And one of the reasons I'm so glad to work with you, Mr. Franklin.
Marif   What's Your CIO Style?   7/12/2013 8:56:39 AM
Re: CIO style is a mix of the different styles
@sara: you are right many employers expect you to be there after working hours. And if this culture is coming from the top than same practice would be followed in other departments as well including the hr department. I think in most of the cases employers are aware such practices in their company.
CurtisFranklin   What's Your CIO Style?   7/11/2013 11:53:07 AM
Re: CIO style is a mix of the different styles
He is, rather. And we should be seeing more of his wisdom on Enterprise Efficiency very soon -- he's been working on more pieces for us.

I've known George a long time we've written one book together (so far). He's one of those folks who almost always has something worthwhile to offer a conversation.
Sara Peters   What's Your CIO Style?   7/11/2013 11:51:37 AM
Re: CIO style is a mix of the different styles
@a.saji   True -- that after working hours it's your decision whether you continue working or not -- but it seems that most employers expect you to do a little more. (Or a lot more.) I wonder how many people go to their HR departments to complain about that.
Sara Peters   What's Your CIO Style?   7/11/2013 11:47:29 AM
Re: CIO style is a mix of the different styles
That George Colombo is a smart cookie.
CurtisFranklin   What's Your CIO Style?   7/11/2013 9:26:20 AM
Re: CIO style is a mix of the different styles
@Ashish, I love this quote and the sentiments. One of our bloggers (George Colombo) once gave me this wonderful piece of wisdom: "Everyone is self-employed. Some people just choose to have one big customer." That changed the way I looked at things the first time I was earning a living as a free-lance writer and it's helped me keep a valuable since of balance ever since.
CurtisFranklin   What's Your CIO Style?   7/11/2013 9:23:41 AM
Re: Firefighter
@Shamika, the firefighter can be a great model when there's a fire. The problems I've seen occur when people are so good at being firefighters that they'll run around "setting fires" when things are running smoothly -- working with someone who absolutely must be in crisis mode all the time can be frustrating and exhausting.
eethtworkz   What's Your CIO Style?   7/11/2013 7:57:27 AM
Re: CIO style is a mix of the different styles

You have to draw the line somewhere.

Balance is critical to success in all Areas of life.

Too many of us spend too much time today chasing after Materialistic things which don't make difference in the greater scheme of things.

Maybe one could go a little slower at work by opting to use that old Car .old Cellphone for longer than normal?

Maybe they can look at all the Stuff that they have piled up at home(which they don't use today) and sell it off on Ebay?

Maybe instead of buying the latest Ithingy and overloading your Credit card in one go,One can buy a Ithingy which is 1 year old for next to nothing today?

There are many things that people can do to save money today if they try.

And the encouraging news for me personally is that I am seeing more and more such behavior today.

When that happens;You Control your Life and Money ;rather than the Reverse.


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