10 Signs that you aren’t cut out to be a CIO

Posted by on May 5, 2008 in Leadership, Technology

My friend, Matt Brown of CorData recently sent this article my way. Late in 2007 TechRepublic listed 10 things you should consider before applying for a CIO position. Here is the list of 10 signs:

  1. You are uncomfortable working with senior management
  2. The concepts of financial management totally elude you
  3. You have no desire to participate in business strategic planning
  4. Any kind of change drives you crazy
  5. You think SOX is a garment
  6. To you, asset management and building management are the same things
  7. The idea of selling anything scares you to death
  8. Indecision is one of your strong points
  9. You’re really skilled in one key area of information technology
  10. You believe that CIO stands for “career is over”

You can find the full article here, and I include the summary:

The job of CIO is complex on a good day. Only one in a million IT professionals can do the CIO job… and do it well. It is a job that requires a unique set of business skills as well as a strong understanding of IT technologies. However, the CIO is also in an exceptional position to have a major impact on the success of the company. So if you still think your want to become a CIO, you should be aware that you will gain membership to one of the most elite group of professionals on the planet.

I would be very interested to get feedback from my CIO friends.

One Response to “10 Signs that you aren’t cut out to be a CIO”

  1. Jan van Rensburg says:

    Thanks for sharing this Carel. One of the most profound standments regarding CIOs I heard in the last year were by Léo Apotheker, co-CEO of SAP, at last year’s Saphila conference. He said something like “The main focus of CIOs in future will not be technology, but optimising business processes”. Putting the focus back on the “I” in CIO!


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