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Advice to CIOs

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A young CS major asked me for advice in the train.  Recognizing that I had less than a minute or two to get off, I gave him three: 1) Do not waste time; 2) Enjoy yourself; and 3) Believe in yourself that you can do a good job.  I narrated this anecdote to a CIO, and he insisted that I write a blog on it.  I was reluctant initially.  After all, CIOs if anything, need less advice.  Budgets may be shrinking, but the pool of advice is not.  From  “Switch to Cloud and SaaS or you will be obsolete” to “be connected with the social media or be disconnected forever”, the poor CIO is getting advice from every one.  Blogs, networking events, social media, conferences is filled with advice.  So much so, the CIO must be immune to hearing them. Even if you can away from social media, Consultants are always around the corner.  Consultants have mastered the process of advice.  They not only give advice but have the audacity to charge for it, and not just a small sum.    We do not have measures on the quality of a advice.  In particular, advice is skewed heavily in favor of the giver – for the giver has no stake, nothing to lose.

So what is my advice to the CIO? 1) Do not waste time listening to advice; 2) Enjoy yourself; and 3) Believe in yourself that you can do a good job.

Written by Subbu Murthy

August 16, 2012 at 12:14 am

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  1. Ah, such succinct and excellent advice. Might I suggest this refinement to rule #1: “Don’t waste time taking advice from consultants — unless they have actually done it themselves.”

    Jon Grunzweig

    August 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm


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