Effective leadership isn’t about knowing all the bits and bytes; it’s knowing how the whole system works together, said CIO Sheree Mcfarland. “That’s what you offer the business. You’re a business executive first, and a technologist second.”
Enlisting a career coach can be extremely beneficial, as long as participants are willing to learn, and coaches are equipped to ask guiding questions, listen, and build a connection, according to Sarah Richardson.
Rather than focusing only on what hasn’t been accomplished, it’s important to recognize all that has, says Steven Posnack, who talks about what motivates him, what the future looks like, and what he has learned from his mentors.
Having to balance the needs of multiple stakeholder groups is already tough. What makes it even more challenging? When those groups have competing priorities, says Steven Posnack, Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT.
Perhaps the biggest priority for a new CIO – particularly one with limited financial experience – is to “understand your numbers well, and understand how things are calculated,” says Lee Milligan, MD, who recently took on the role at Asante.