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CIO: Catalyst for Change

It’s clear that these extraordinary times require extraordinary leadership.

With the increasingly dual demands of business strategy and IT execution, CIOs demonstrated that they are in a strikingly unique position to innovate and transform their enterprises. This is required to thrive—even survive—in this time of instability. It cannot be business as usual.

A smart planet

In our discussions, we learned that just being connected is not sufficient. Yes, the world continues to get “flatter.” And yes, it continues to get smaller and more interconnected. But something is happening that holds even greater potential.

The world is becoming smarter.

And by smarter we mean a world where people and systems are instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent with new forms of efficiency made possible. This change and evolution to becoming a smarter planet taps the innate competencies of CIOs to consider enabling a "smart" enterprise that is:

The changes ahead require each of us to do business differently—collaborate externally; evaluate patterns through a new lens; make decisions with new insights. CIOs—with their end-to-end view of the business—offer a systems perspective of the enterprise that places them in a unique position to lead the changes needed to drive new growth and opportunity.

In Shanghai at the CIO Leadership Exchange the Center for CIO Leadership joined with its learning partner the Center for Creative Leadership to offer CIOs a pre-Exchange workshop that focused on two competency areas: leadership and innovation.

Prior to the workshop CIOs were involved in a research study with the Center for CIO Leadership where they identified the following critical CIO competency areas:


Business Strategy and Process

Innovation and Growth

Organization and Talent Management