I have been tweeting the “CIO Quote of the Day” for several years now. Enjoy this round-up, our sixth installment of The Quotable CIO!

Every day, CIOs provide me with profound and even existential bon mots on everything from leadership to relationships to business to technology. I have been tweeting these nuggets as “CIO Quote of the Day” for many years, now. Enjoy our sixth round-up of The Quotable CIO!

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"We're building products, not platforms - they need to be designed by customers, not IT."

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"With proper governance, IT will never have to say 'No.'”

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"I don't want to fight shadow IT; I want to be a co-conspirator."

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"With cybersecurity, boards need to move from fear to understanding."

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"Bad news doesn’t get better with age."

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“I refuse to automate another bad process.”

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"These days, long-term visions for systems get very outdated very quickly.”

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"When people give up budget, they feel like they are giving up power."

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"For most companies, IT no longer enables strategy, it defines it."

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"IT was such a mess that I was pretty sure I had just started my dream job."

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"Solving a very specific problem is the best way to start making big changes."

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"IT is not a popularity contest. We often have to deliver tough information."

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"IT governance taken to an extreme is an impediment."

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"90% of what I do is maintenance. Staying in business & being secure is high value."

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Chief Information Officer quotes"You can’t instill passion in someone, but you can bring it out.”

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"We often think we need a technology person to lead tech solutions, but that is no longer true."

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“We don't track IT metrics anymore. We measure everything in terms company performance."

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"We are data rich but information poor."

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"It makes no sense for IT to go Agile when the rest of the company is not equipped."

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"My supreme responsibility as an IT leader is to create a great work culture."

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"Culture is the most important thing at founder-led companies, and it can’t be changed."

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“CIOs are in a constant state of transformation and must be good at leading during periods of ambiguity.”

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“Help your best talent connect dots between a project, its value to the biz, and to their resume.”

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"All successful projects have 1 thing in common- a leader to 'will' the project to success"

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"We are all millennial in our own way. We all want to change the world and have a meaningful impact."

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“Most people think about problem solving; risk management is problem seeking–a different mindset. “

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"Developing soft skills takes work & energy, & means devoting less energy to maintaining tech expertise."

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"As you grow as a leader, you must relinquish the mantle of expert, or you'll stifle those you are leading."

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"In the digital age, we need to move our core business processes to algorithms."

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“In IT you need to act w/as much urgency–or more–than those you provide service to.”

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"When I started this job, I walked into a dumpster fire, and IT was a 4 letter word."

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"It takes two to be agile: IT and the business."

 

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