7 behaviors that can cost a CIO their job

CIO can be a challenging position in the best of times; with recent news of mass tech and corporate layoffs, CIO job security is more important than ever. Cio.com compiled a list of seven ways that CIOs get themselves fired.

The seven behaviors to avoid:

  1. Being over-argumentative: While it may be tempting to push back against leadership that misunderstands an IT project or investment, CIOs need to be wary of being perceived as over-argumentative.

  2. Mismanagement of the IT-business relationship: If business feels that IT goals are not synergized with business goals, they will find a new CIO to align their goals.

  3. Project failure: CIOs take all the responsibility when major IT projects fail, and their career can be tied to the success or failure of major projects.

  4. Failure to invest in stable infrastructure: Executive leaders' patience with CIOs will quickly wear thin if websites and applications are unusable or keep crashing.

  5. Ransomware: Ransomware can put a healthcare organization out of business. Securing their system and preparing for ransomware attacks can make or break a CIO career.

  6. Ignoring bad managers: A bad or toxic manager can poison an IT team's cohesion. It is essential that CIOs keep tabs on the managers on their teams and ensure they are delivering results.

  7. Failure to promote good managers: Good managers need to be identified. A great CIO can turn a manager from a threat to their job to a protege.

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