I’ve just been asked what new CIOs should do in their first hundred days, or even those review their straegy for a new decade
For 30 days, do nothing — except listen. Talk to your
staff, customers, vendors, management and consultants. Review audit management
issues; learn the status of systems and new initiatives.
Days 31 to 60. Choose whom to trust, develop a plan of
action based on all you have learned. Carefully share parts of the plan as you
go along by communicating the firm parts while testing otrhers befor finalising.
Days 61 to 90. Share your plan with all. Get feedback and
modify it. Then let your team know that once the plan is “done” these
will be their marching orders.
Days 91 to 99. Share the completed plans with everyone who
will listen — vendors, staff, peers, senior management. People need to know
where you’re going if you want them behind you. On 100, publish a high-level
plan showing the sequence of all the major initiatives and begin to execute and
communicate as appropriate.
From there on lead — don’t be like the French Revolutionary,
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin who on seeing the storming of the Bastille said “There go
the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.”