Does reporting line matter to your effectiveness?

Top Answer : I don’t think so.   I currently lead the business operations and partnering with software transformation at Juniper.  At Mist, I had a very broad role managing business operations.  I also had sales ops, logistics, supply chain, owning NPI, CPQ.  I ended up being dotted line to sales, to product, even if I was really reporting to the CFO. l’ve always been manager/boss agnostic.  It's not been something I really have ended thinking about. For me, it's more about, okay, what can I do to  have an impact and move the needle?

Red Hard Drive
Software
I don’t think so.   I currently lead the business operations and partnering with software transformation at Juniper.  At Mist, I had a very broad role managing business operations.  I also had sales ops, logistics, supply chain, owning NPI, CPQ.  I ended up being dotted line to sales, to product, even if I was really reporting to the CFO. l’ve always been manager/boss agnostic.  It's not been something I really have ended thinking about. For me, it's more about, okay, what can I do to  have an impact and move the needle?
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Red Monitor
Construction
Not at all. Your responsibilities as CIO don't change. The only impact you might have is better buiness insights and maybe more exposure.
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Red Cloud
Health Care and Social Assistance
I think who re report to matters not necessarily the line. You are either a hard worker or your not. It shouldn’t matter the line you report too. You manager or supervisor can be horrible and cause less productivity and road blocks. However, if you are truly a self motivated person and a hard worker that cares about their job and performance none of it should matter.
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Black Terminal
Educational Services
It shouldn’t.
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Yellow USB Stick
Software
It shouldn't but it often does.  If I am asked by an executive to address a sensitive issue for a customer, the customer wants to be certain that I have strong communication and accountability with that executive.  On internal matters I have observed that some individuals base the importance of my requests, and my time, on my reporting line.  This can happen when they don't appreciate the relative business importance of a request.  I correct these misjudgements as needed.  I suspect it is partly a cultural phenomenon, exacerbated by a global organization where many remote associates don't know me, other than as a box on an org chart.
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