As C-level executives, CIOs run the IT organization. Two levels down the ranks, however, their middle managers make IT run. After all, these managers -- the directors of managers -- are the ones who carry out the CIO's agenda. Yet they're among the likeliest in the organization to leave. They're entrusted with interpreting the decisions CIOs make at the corporate level and putting them into action.
Workplace suicides are at their highest level ever, according to the U.S. Department of Labor-up 28 percent in 2008 from 2007. There were 251 suicides in 2008; in 2007 there were 196. Most of the suicides were men (94 percent), and workers aged 45 - 54 represented the largest percentage (36 percent) of employee suicides.
The role of CIO is a delicate balancing act between technical expertise and interpersonal savvy. Much has been said and written about CIOs' need for better communication skills in order to be taken seriously in the C-suite. Speak the language of business, not technology terms, goes the most common advice. On the other hand, in the event of an IT emergency, the CIO had better know his technology.
How well are you coping with the economic turndown? A lot depends on the position you hold in your company. “McKinsey Quarterly” just published the results of their global survey, conducted in July 2009, with over 1,600 executives (47 percent are C-level execs or corporate directors, 33 percent are senior execs, and 18 percent are middle managers).