This IDC Perspective provides a step-by-step guide to CIOs who seek to develop and enhance their influence with their company's board of directors. It provides time- and experience-tested strategies for engaging with the board from high-performing CIOs who have increased their board influence. These include ways to participate in enterprise strategy planning, formulation, execution, and measurement; how to engage with and deliver value to the board; and how to prepare for meetings.
"CIOs' engagement with the board is a critical imperative in this digital age. While many of us are invited to present on select topics, most notably cybersecurity, we don't always have the opportunity to engage at the right time and in the right way to genuinely influence strategic investment decisions," says Alizabeth Calder, adjunct analyst, IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "The onus is on us, more than ever before, to adopt a board-centric view of the opportunities and risks and then bring unique and actionable strategic insights that enable the business to succeed."
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