How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series

Sara Peters, Editor in Chief | 8/12/2013 | 56 comments

Sara Peters
So you want to be a CIO when you grow up, eh? Think you have what it takes to win the big job? Worried you aren't on the right path and want to know what steps will get you moving in the right direction? Then pay attention, because for the next two weeks, E2 will be focusing on your career development with our new "How to Become a CIO" series.

It all starts tomorrow, with a special episode of E2 Radio featuring guest Martha Heller. Heller is author of The CIO Paradox and president of Heller Search Associates, an executive search agency specializing in recruiting CIOs and IT executives. After that, we'll get tips from another CIO career coach about how to land the CIO job, and six CIOs will tell us about their own unique paths to the big gig. And I highly recommend that you read every one of their stories, because their experiences and opinions vary greatly.

Here's the full schedule:

The next two weeks will be brimming with career advice for anyone who wants to be a CIO when they grow up, or any current CIOs thinking about a lateral move to some new challenges. So stay tuned. Here are some of the questions we'll be getting answers to -- click on the image below to start the slideshow.

How Do You Win The Big Job?
Over the next two weeks, CIOs and career coaches will give us their advice for E2's 'How to Become a CIO' series. Here are some of the questions we're asking them.
Over the next two weeks, CIOs and career coaches will give us their advice for E2's "How to Become a CIO" series. Here are some of the questions we're asking them.

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MDMConsult   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/20/2013 3:45:23 AM
Re: How to become the CIO
Yes, measuring the success is crucial. It is challenging for any C-level executive's role today. With the tough economic climate it is important to be prepared for the future.
eethtworkz   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/17/2013 10:59:29 AM
Re: How to become the CIO

Yes .

Ultimately when you show that you are Grooming and Promoting from Within in the Organization;Employee Loyalty(especially amongst those who are lower in Corporate Hierarchy);tends to Go up.

It sets the right example too!

Here's hoping many more people take this oppurtunity Going forwards!
Nomi   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/17/2013 3:58:26 AM
Re: How to become the CIO
@eethtworkz you are so right. Ther are people who are born leaders but on the otherside we can groom leaders as well. I hope if we cannot find a suitable person to lead from the front we can groom one from our present sources. I think it will be better option rather then searching hiring one.
WaqasAltaf   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/17/2013 1:07:21 AM
Re: How to become the CIO
MDMConsult / eethtworkz

Interesting comments on leadership qualities. Today people are working so hard to develop their leadership skills that in one organization you may find many leaders. However one that goes to the CEO level has the best of the qualities however more importantly he is a better politician than others. You guys might not agree with me but the only exception I think of is a case where CEO is a founder hence has no competition so no politics is required there.
MDMConsult   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/15/2013 1:30:29 PM
Re: How to become the CIO
eethtworkz   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/15/2013 1:29:28 PM
Re: How to become the CIO

Have to agree once again!

In today's World if You don't have the right Level of Leadership Qualities involved you won't go anywhere very fast in Life!

If you want to be someone who is respected (and appreciated) for their Opinions you have to stand up and Be Counted when its required the most!
MDMConsult   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/15/2013 8:23:27 AM
Re: How to become the CIO
@eethtworkz Thank you. Possessing the skills to being effective in interpersonal communication are essential for success in leadership. Having the ability to be in command of one's life, relating well with other people and to lead others in positive direction is valuable in today's economy. Measuring success has the effect of being able to deal with different people whom we exchange information with.
eethtworkz   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/12/2013 11:04:13 AM
Re: How to become the CIO

Brilliant Comments!!!

Do you write your own Management Consulting Book?

I highly recommend it!

Superbly said.

Very,very well said!
MDMConsult   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/12/2013 8:10:03 AM
Re: How to become the CIO
Great interpersonal skill development is something that can make both leaders and followers as well as the lives that they interact with less stressful and of value through possessing the ability to deal well with every kind of people. Having the ability to listen well, act with vision and commitment, value in yourself and capabilities, handling stress, communicating with trust and empathy, leading wisely and to value others is time well spent.
eethtworkz   How to Become a CIO: A New E2 Series   10/10/2013 8:24:47 AM
Re: How to become the CIO

You are highly accurate here.

These are skills which are very much in Short-Supply today.

Wish it were so easy to get High-Quality leaders!!
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