• Chris Day

Right Resource-At The Right Time

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Prioritize the work using data. Avoid surprises.

You have a new CIO. They have inherited a veritable "knitter's paradise" of projects and programs. You have been asked to help the CIO figure out their "skeins" per se. Your mission is to prep the CIO as best you can.

On top of this, your CEO has just asked the CIO to work with a wonderful group of external "smarty pants " to help advance the cause. You know the names. All knowledge and wisdom will flow downhill. All hail the flow.

The Net

The CIO wants to get a handle on their team, and then the work.

They want to be sure that their directs are aligned around strategy.

"This conversation is way different than before." They ask about behavioral assessments and team structure? They ask about alignment.

Action Steps

Your simple task is to provide the CIO a background set of data that can help them understand their team as well as how they might interact with that team.

Do you have enough actionable data to work with?


Helping the CIO make thoughtful data-driven decisions is critical. Intentional talent plans often have huge organizational and cultural upsides if done well, and in this case, could completely transform an IT shop.

Gathering this team-level data could be challenging, however, there are commercial platforms, analytics, and consulting resources available to support your data needs.

Get your data requirements addressed. It's all about the data.

Predictive Index is one of these analytics tools that allows for both the individual as well as the team to benefit from the engagement.

Leaders from both the business and IT should be able to describe the current and future state of the organization from a "people perspective" in light of affordability and strategic direction. Ask questions.

From an HR perspective take a clear, unbiased snapshot of the organization and its supporting data. Use what you already have and augment it. Be sure to know your Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a technology as well as an organizational process/knowledge perspective. Retaining SMEs in times of change is important as they allow you to "bridge" from the past to the future.

Making fair and appropriate decisions is what HR is all about. Be very focused as you layer in skills, culture, and people. Use your data.

That's the secret sauce.

Sharing is Caring.

Data Makes the Difference.

If these concepts interest you, let's talk more!

Contact First Line Consulting

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