The CIO's Own Glass Ceiling

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Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/24/2014 3:54:28 AM
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Like you, Louis, I don't know any CIOs who can transition to CEO. I can't imagine them even touching Operations. I think it has to do with the degree of specialization needed for the CIO position.

Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/12/2014 7:26:24 PM
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@Jamescon   Indeed....Indeed.

Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/12/2014 1:58:16 PM
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@Louis. You're on target, there's no idea that is "right" for everyone, and the only "wrong" idea is the one that you never consider.

Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/12/2014 1:56:05 PM
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Jim I have been in organizations where this rotation is performed to groom the next CEO and I have witnessed some huge mistakes by asking someone to run an area they really have no education or experience in. The key in my opinion is exposure and understanding rather than actually doing the job itself, whiech should be done by those qualified in that area. For example could you imagine the head of IT running Marketing or Accounting, its a recipe for failure for the orgainzation and the individual.

Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/12/2014 1:54:17 PM
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@Jamecon    I see.   Well, as long as they actually do something within these departments other than just become another "talking head" and stay for a considerable time - I can see your point.  

It is not a bad idea, there just has to be better ones out there.

Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/12/2014 1:33:12 PM
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@Louis. This type of rotation is how you can find the CEO within the corporate ranks, as opposed to having to look outside for someone. A handful of executives would be in rotation at any given time with the understanding that some will leave the company for new opportunities while only one or two actually will eventually rise to CEO. And, they won't hang out in different departments. Rather they might spend two, three, maybe more years in each of several departments, often as one of the top three execs in that department. So, it's definitely a series of hands-on roles.

Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/12/2014 1:26:10 PM
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@Jamecon    I am not so high on that " expose them to other areas" method of grooming a future CEO.  Sure it does have merit,  but You have to wonder how this affects the person who is being "groomed" ? Do they become obstinate ? Start acting entitled ? Become less effective ?   Depends on the individual I guess, but I would hate to have someone "hanging out" in my department because he or she is being "groomed" to be my boss.  Probably the reason I don't work for these types of companies to begin with. ( I digress ) 

I am a firm believer that a potential leader will work to understand this on their own if they want it bad enough, and it is the mission of the a company to notice these individuals and promote according.  I understand this method of "grooming" seems to be logical but is it effective ?

Most CEO's don't do much anyway, if they are the head of an major enterprise it bascially runs itself, so instead of wasting time "grooming" and wrecking your culture, depending on what culture one chooses - IMO finding leaders organically within the company is always the best route.

Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/12/2014 1:13:29 PM
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@Maryam     Good point, it is not only CIO's that face a major challenge in reaching for the CEO position. As this pertains to the CIO, well it is probably unfair to say all would be unable to make this transition, however I think it is fair to say it is possible depending on background. Not unlike any other C - wannabe.

CIO's don't necessarily come from tech backgrounds for better or worse so even basic business accumen is not gauranteed. I have worked in tech for a considerable period of time, and I cannot remember any CIO I have known to be capable of making this transition - again not to say it is not possible.


But from what I have experience, most CIO's are quite satisfied with their hefty salary and are not motivated to pursue more, unless that more is job security.

CIO Poll
  • 11/12/2014 10:40:21 AM
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I hope everyone votes in our current Quick Poll. We're looking for your thoughts on the barriers that might keep a CIO from becoming CEO.

Of course, be sure to add a comment with the "why" behind your vote.

 

Re: Not only CIO
  • 11/10/2014 1:17:56 PM
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@Maryam. Some companies groom future CEOs by rotating them through multiple functional executive positions (marketing, logistics, finance, IT, etc.) Do you like that idea? Or, are execs better served by focusing on one area and being what might be thought of as best of breed?

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