A reoccurring dream…..its the 1st day of school, I am on the yellow bus, lunch in hand. I walk into the mass of students heading to classes. I am not ready, I can’t find my room…..
It is amazing how the initial anxiety of a new adventure, a new role, or endeavor can stick with us throughout our lives. But alas it is just a dream and perhaps as such drives us to over prepare for those opportunities that we will face in life.
Fast forward to current times. I am an industry veteran. A long and cultivated technology career has led to this moment. It’s the night before I start my new CIO role. Whether with a new company or promoted from within my organization, this moment is not too different from those early days as a young student attending my first day of classes.
Am I ready? Am I prepared for this opportunity? How will I achieve success?
We recently held a thoughtful discussion within our 2000+ member, CIO Professional Network on the topic of what advice these tech industry leaders would give to a CIO starting a new role and what best to focus on in your first 100 days.
Many thanks to Thomas McNeil – Former CIO for Medical Innovation Collaborative, Scott Midkiff – CIO for Virginia Tech University, Scott Hicar – CIO for Benchmark Electronics, Bill Serva – Vice President of IT for Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, Phil Stevens – CTO for Sportsman’s Warehouse, Joydeep Roy – CTO for Applied Data Corporation, Harsha Bellur – CIO for James Avery, and Satyaki Lodh – CIO for Borden Dairy Company for their insights, experiences, and advice.
One – Assess Current State and Capabilities
Two – Begin with a Fresh Mindset
Three – Start Slow, Finish Fast
Four – Build Strong Relationships with a Service Mindset
H. Michael Burgett has more than 30 years of experience in the technology sector. He is the founder of CIO Partners, a nationally recognized executive search firm with a niche in the technology sector specializing in top-level leadership engagements.