Most business leaders recognize the importance of having the right leadership in key roles. They also know the influential role that technology plays in business, especially now that we are in the “Digital Age” and Digital Transformation is reshaping industries. So why do some business leaders settle for an ineffective technology leader that can drag down their operations and the competitive position of their entire company? The common misconceptions and justifications I’ve heard are:
An independent, comprehensive review of the company’s technology organization will provide valuable insight into the gaps, hidden issues, root causes, technology leadership effectiveness and potential risks of the current state. Successful companies have engaged excellent technology leaders, and you can too once you have the right plan of action and a better approach.
For more than thirty years I have served both as the CIO/CTO that’s leading the technology organization, and I’ve also served as a global technology advisor to CEOs that are seeking to transform their under-performing technology organization. Business leaders often know that they need more from their technology organization, and they are looking for the right place to start the improvements.
Having reviewed many technology organizations over the years, the common finding is great technology leaders produce great technology organizations, and an ineffective technology leader will produce a struggling, ineffective technology organization. Just as great companies have great CEOs, the same is true for great technology teams being led by great CIOs.
If your company is struggling with your technology, it’s time to review the technology organization and it's leadership. Regardless of the size of your company, your organization must have the right technology leadership, and there are new, excellent, affordable options available. Don’t settle for less, and don’t let traditional thinking get in the way of success.
Mark Johnson is the Chief Executive at Xtrii. He is a proven, 10x CIO, renowned, global technology advisor and business leader.