Seven Ways to Become Partners with the CFO
Great tips for building a partnership with your company's top financial executive.
McGreavy, who's actually the "CIO of a billion-dollar-plus company," says these traits grab his attention and put that person on the short list to replace him:
My colleague Ann All wrote about the advice of Gartner Fellow Mark Raskino, who urges CIOs to "identify the people around them most likely to rise to the top job and take time to help them in the late stages of their professional development." That's not to say that CIOs won't become CEOs themselves. Raskino cited important skills for that: a willingness to tackle challenging projects, an appreciation for financials and strong communications skills, especially the ability to discuss technology in business terms. Which leads us to McGreavy's next points:
And not least:
Future CIOs make this happen through superlative people management. They develop and motivate their teams to work on the right things at the right times. They plan and execute aggressively.