Experts say focus, find strengths, build bridges, talk plainly and listen
#3 - Build Alliances - CIOs have a lot of responsibility and only a little direct authority, experts said. Working with peers and managers across the organization becomes essential to successfully managing crosscutting initiatives. Other CXOs, such as the chief financial officer and the chief human capital officer, should be the CIO's closest allies, said Bruce McConnell, former chief of information policy and technology at the Office of Management and Budget and now president of McConnell International. To do this, CIOs should carefully listen to the CXOs' priorities and concerns, while being transparent about their own goals and needs.