CIO: Role modelling what?
It’s a tricky time to be a CIO. Are you a technology manager or are you the Chief Insight Officer. If you were to attend a ‘CIO party’, would you actually have anything in common with the other guests? The absence of an ISO specification for CIO means that anyone can call themselves one. Even the Wikipedia definition implies a focus on IT rather than information.
So if we don’t really know what a CIO is for, we are not in a position to advise the next generation of CIOs. This lack of clarity leads to mutations such as Chief Digital Officer or the role being populated by people with no information management skills but with a boardroom-friendly face.
Some of what I do involves coaching CIOs and next generation CIOs but even that is really just my take on the role.
We need a global standard for the role of CIO. Any thoughts on who might take on this project? Fix this and you fix a lot of problems that are stalling progress in both business and society.