Those who have read my LinkedIn profile know that for a period of time I acted as the CIO for a company in the communication business. I missed out on getting the job fulltime.
As I’m curious I wanted to know why and what was necessary to be successful in the future. A number of frank discussions followed, notably one with the hiring manager and one with the successful applicant (my new boss). That brought some significant details to light:
- as an “internal” applicant staying effectively in the same department / working environment I was seen through the lens of what I’ve done this far. In other words the hiring people didn’t imagine I could bring the expected change to life.
- the new CIO didn’t have the “ballast” of knowing “how” and “why” things are done a certain way. He was free to “sell” a “greener” place.
- I still was thinking in incremental change and not a leap.
So I set myself some time to learn and to re-evaluate my goals and ambitions.
- Did I still want to become CIO? And if so, what was I prepared to do in getting there?
- Did I still want to work for the same company or was it time to move on and put myself deliberately in the “outsider” position?
- Maybe there are other opportunities within the same company to broaden my knowledge and expertise?
The last one got me thinking and this is still an open question.
- What is my expertise?
- What is it others value me for?
I’m setting out to uncover this. And I’m prepared to listen with the intent to understand.