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What are some of the mistakes you have
seen that cause CIOs to get off the track
in these crucial first 100 days?

in the first 100 days is not investing enough time in

One mistake we sometimes see is that great scorecards

much to give and actually perform the fundamentals

are developed that articulate where IT stands, but there

of their job extraordinary well are let go because they

is no individual tasked with moving the ball forward

have not taken the time to do the softer things - getting

on activities. The buck doesn't stop with anyone. So you

to know people, collaborating with peers, networking

come back in six months or twelve months and very little

internally and externally.

progress has been made. It's important to divide the

Maybe the most crucial mistake I've seen people make
building relationships. It is always especially sad when
incredibly smart and successful people who have so

A related mistake is failing to celebrate successes

leadership team up and assign specific responsibilities to

and to market broadly the work of IT. A lot of CIOs

specific individuals.

actually do great things, but no one knows about it.

Instituting too many metrics too quickly is another

There should be a little bit of P.T. Barnum in every CIO:

potential recipe for disaster. If you go from a no-metric

When something good happens, it gets celebrated, not

environment and begin to institute too many sticks and

just in small groups but in high-profile communications

not enough carrots, that may be rejected by your team.

outside of IT. When good things are done, they need to

Speed is also very important. Not getting to execution

be recognized by all IT's stakeholders and partners.

quickly enough, not proving value quickly enough in
those first 100 days and in the following months, is
another recipe for disaster.

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