How does the CIO/CISO rise to the level of a chief executive of the entire organization, as opposed to just the technical guy who interfaces with the business?

Top Answer : This challenge is not unique to the CIO.  I find that Chief Human Resource Officers or CFOs have to deliver certain focus areas that aren't always mission facing. The CFO doesn't come into a meeting and speak just finance; they're speaking business, they're giving risk advisory, they're really outward looking. The CHRO, CFO...those are your partners, those are the people that you should get in a room and solve business problems with. My first mentor when I was a CIO was a CFO who taught me how budgets, grants, and procurement worked. I’ve always spent a lot of time in HR in understanding the employee experience from pre-hire, promotions, to alumni. Those are levers that you need to be really good at as a C-suite leader. Now I can walk into organizations knowing as much, or perhaps caring as much about those functions, as I do my own.  You have to adopt the mindset of “How am I the chief executive of the company and driving it forward” rather than thinking of yourself as the CIO of your own shop.  That’s how you rise to that level, by living it.

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Blue Processor
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This challenge is not unique to the CIO.  I find that Chief Human Resource Officers or CFOs have to deliver certain focus areas that aren't always mission facing. The CFO doesn't come into a meeting and speak just finance; they're speaking business, they're giving risk advisory, they're really outward looking. The CHRO, CFO...those are your partners, those are the people that you should get in a room and solve business problems with. My first mentor when I was a CIO was a CFO who taught me how budgets, grants, and procurement worked. I’ve always spent a lot of time in HR in understanding the employee experience from pre-hire, promotions, to alumni. Those are levers that you need to be really good at as a C-suite leader. Now I can walk into organizations knowing as much, or perhaps caring as much about those functions, as I do my own.  You have to adopt the mindset of “How am I the chief executive of the company and driving it forward” rather than thinking of yourself as the CIO of your own shop.  That’s how you rise to that level, by living it.
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Green Hard Drive
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In addition to Andrew's comments, I also believe that the vertical where your company resides has a strong influence in your opportunity to rise and go beyond being the "technical guy"; CIO/CISOs will likely have a harder time growing in non-tech environments...
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