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How do you work towards becoming a CIO?

I got this one question in CIO Network group from I did share my thought there and I will paste it here to share once again. While it works for CIO role, I would think you can change it with the other C title and it works with the same principle as well.

From Tej Powar – Senior .NET Developer at Lloyds Banking Group

One of my ambitions is to become a CIO. Thought it would be good to get an insight of how some people have reached there. I understand alot of hard work and commitment is required which I have got. But any tips to working towards becoming a CIO would be great.

I suggest first of all, we need to clearly set the role of CIO. My thought is that the CIO need to contribute his part in solving the total business problems of the company, through his strength, technology.

So, no matter what you do, if you can broad your knowledge about business, sharpen your IT / technology skills, and develop your leadership skill, you’ll get there, I believe. 

Good luck.

The whole conversation can be found at

The plus (also from the thread of comments from the conversation) is this great doc from EY: DNA of the CIO

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