How do I make the transition from savy CIO to savy CEO

Posted on 2011-10-24
    Last Modified: 2013-12-02
    Hello All,

    As the title reads, I am planning to make a life transition and could use some real advise.  I am currently in an MBA program for the next two years.  Does anybody have any insight into the transition from MBA grad to CEO?  I am asking because I won't have any real world experience for starters, and if there is something that can give me a leg up (like getting a corporate mentor - (I have applied at our school resource center for one), I'd certainly give it a try.  

    Question by:the_b1ackfox
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      A lot of what it has to do with understanding the vision of the company and how they want to go about achieving it. You'll have lots of time in between being a recent MBA grad in your first regular job to working your way up to CEO.
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      Start your own company. Fail. Learn lessons. Start your next company. Be savvy. PROFIT!
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      If I read this correctly you want to go from CIO (IT)  to actually running the company and being the CIO's boss. Most CIO's I know have a background in IT as a programmer or analyst. Moving up the ranks to CIO is a natural progression, side stepping over to NON-IT management is going to be hard. Good Luck you will need the mentor.
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      Swap your I for an E, remain savy.
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      TBone2K:  True that!  
      jessc7: Interesting thought process!
      hes: My boss made the transition, but I don't think he was aiming for publicly traded companies.  I know the path isn't an easy one, but I have to go for it anyways.  Coming from IT, we have deal with other peoples problems all the time and sometimes those problems are quite complex.  Since more and more CIO's are getting their MBA, I decided I should get mine out of the way.  But after the first term of school I started thinking about solving some of the BIG problems.  I haven't been able to stop.  And they had too many applicants for the mentor program this year.  So since I have 3 more years to graduate I got bumped  <sigh>.
      satsumo: Also true!

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