Frameworks for IT Value and Leadership

The Journey to the Future-State Framework®

Defining the future role and cataloguing the competencies that would take CIOs there was only the first step. In 2009 Council members pushed for more – they wanted to help the IT profession make the journey from Functional Head (where IT is inevitably viewed as a cost centre) to a Business Strategist (where IT is externally focused and viewed as an organisational ‘game changer’). Although a single prescription for advancing the role is impossible because CIOs circumstances are all different, members wanted a general roadmap and guidelines.

As a result the Council turned to its CIO Advisory Board and more than 40+ members worldwide to develop and vet a new framework that illustrated not just the 3 CIO archetypes, but the steps along the journey as related to the 9 executive core competencies – the results was the Journey to the Future-State Framework®. The Mayan like pyramid defines the journey to the Future-State CIO® by illustrating the steps as the role advances from:

At any given time a CIO will be working across each of the 3 archetypes however, we believe that the future of the role is to have CIOs spending less time at the operational level and more time delivering at the transformation and business strategy level.

There are three repeating steps at each stage of the journey:

Ignoring any one of these three can impede the entire journey, since no leader can advance without support from his or her staff, and without cultivating stakeholder relations.

At each stage, there are inputs and outputs. The inputs are the particular leadership competencies—from the Leadership Competencies Model—that are emphasized. They are a cumulative portfolio that CIOs carry with them. They correspond to each CIO’s focus—the Functional competencies are largely internally oriented and the Strategist competencies are externally oriented. The outputs are the various types of enterprise value that are created and contributed by IT’s activity. Because of the leader’s focus and the expertise of the IT staff, the value delivered most consistently is differentiated at each stage.

All this value delivery is cumulative; when IT reaches the Business Strategist or Future-State stage, the CIO and IT organization are able to deliver the entire cumulative gamut of value on a consistent basis. This, then, is the maximum value that IT is capable of creating and enabling, and value is what it’s all about.

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