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2022 CIO Success Guide: Where Do We Go From Here?

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

2021 was supposed to put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror, but COVID-19 will be with us through 2022 (and probably beyond). With this realization come challenges like talent shortages, vaccine mandates and more requirements to work remotely. Add to all this that hyperinflation could be in the cards, which could bring reductions in demand—and eventually in organizations, invoking job-killing cost controls.

The old mantra “do more with less” could be just around the corner. One thing is for sure: The level of uncertainty is paramount for organizations. In addition, there is not a one-size-fits-all strategy that CIOs can follow.

So what is a CIO to do? Where do CIOs go as a painful 2021 ends and 2022 comes to the forefront? Here is some guidance I believe is relevant:

1. Prepare for more change. Collaborate with leadership to identify their key concerns and probable courses of action that may be pursued in 2022 and 2023.

2. Determine how external factors will impact your organization’s ability to pursue and achieve its objectives. This includes things like the continuance of mandates, supply chain disruptions, scarcity of talent, inflation, economic instability and social movements.

3. Develop response plans for each of the above in terms of how they most probably will impact the organization. To this end, consider the following questions…

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