What skills are CIOs underinvesting in?

Top Answer : Politics and the ability to manage fallout, to some degree, in the organization is a very important value trait. More than 80% of my time is spent dealing with people and relationship building. You need to be really good at empathizing with and managing people - and not just going through the motions but honestly and authentically mentoring and coaching. Being able to articulate your strategic intentions well is a must. It might sound odd, but being humble as a CIO is an important trait. We don't have the luxury of losing our minds, in a sense. We're the people that have to be very focused and cognizant of that all the time. It's really important to be mindful. Know who you are, where you are and the context in which you're playing the game because it is after all a game. Gaming the corporate in a good sense. The moment your pride or ego levels rise, bang, you get taken out. Ideally the CIO should draw on multicultural multi-skilled DevOps teams globally. My belief is that diversity is not an idea but an imperative. I surround myself with really well represented genders which deepens my problem solving and delivery capability significantly. Today, if I have a project that is very short term (difficult, demanding, stressful, etc.) I would always choose a woman CIO or PM to deliver on that. This could be construed as contentious but quite honestly my experience has shown that they're just better at cutting through the crap and delivering. Although this might seem a generalisation, men on the other hand tend to spend an inordinate amount of time on trying to figure out what’s in it for them and their egos collide constantly. They are good scribes though, innovative in creating workable structures and more importantly listening to their female colleagues to provide a different viewpoint. And maybe it's just that having multiple viewpoints and avoiding a group mentality that thinks the same is beneficial when it comes to project delivery. Furthermore women take into account the emotions that are prevalent in a project team. They take into account who can drive what. They're very intuitive in many respects. We've got to wear multiple hats, many, many hats.

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Politics and the ability to manage fallout, to some degree, in the organization is a very important value trait. More than 80% of my time is spent dealing with people and relationship building. You need to be really good at empathizing with and managing people - and not just going through the motions but honestly and authentically mentoring and coaching. Being able to articulate your strategic intentions well is a must. It might sound odd, but being humble as a CIO is an important trait. We don't have the luxury of losing our minds, in a sense. We're the people that have to be very focused and cognizant of that all the time. It's really important to be mindful. Know who you are, where you are and the context in which you're playing the game because it is after all a game. Gaming the corporate in a good sense. The moment your pride or ego levels rise, bang, you get taken out. Ideally the CIO should draw on multicultural multi-skilled DevOps teams globally. My belief is that diversity is not an idea but an imperative. I surround myself with really well represented genders which deepens my problem solving and delivery capability significantly. Today, if I have a project that is very short term (difficult, demanding, stressful, etc.) I would always choose a woman CIO or PM to deliver on that. This could be construed as contentious but quite honestly my experience has shown that they're just better at cutting through the crap and delivering. Although this might seem a generalisation, men on the other hand tend to spend an inordinate amount of time on trying to figure out what’s in it for them and their egos collide constantly. They are good scribes though, innovative in creating workable structures and more importantly listening to their female colleagues to provide a different viewpoint. And maybe it's just that having multiple viewpoints and avoiding a group mentality that thinks the same is beneficial when it comes to project delivery. Furthermore women take into account the emotions that are prevalent in a project team. They take into account who can drive what. They're very intuitive in many respects. We've got to wear multiple hats, many, many hats.
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