9 lies CIOs tell themselves

9 lies CIOs tell themselves“O what a tangled web we weave,” explained Scottish novelist Walter Scott, “when first we practice to deceive.”

But no matter how tangled the web when someone else is the target, it has nothing on the mess that happens when we’re fooling ourselves.

And fool ourselves we do — not because we deliberately want to set the wrong priorities, make the wrong decisions, and pursue the wrong goals, but because wishful thinking is a whole lot easier than looking at the world through glass-colored glasses.

Here are nine common situations where CIOs lie, not to their IT staff or to colleagues throughout the business, but to themselves.

CIO self-deception #1: We’re aligned with the business

“Aligning IT with the business” sounds so much like a great thing to do that many CIOs institute elaborate IT governance processes to make sure it happens.

It’s too bad so few businesses of any size are aligned with themselves. Aligning with the business usually comes down to either placating the political power players or instituting a chargeback system.

Chargebacks? Yes, chargebacks. It’s IT as handyman: We’ll give you whatever you ask for, as long as you fund the project.

With chargebacks, IT might not be aligned with the business, but it’s aligned with the business budget. If that aligns with the business, it’s all good, and if it doesn’t, well, it’s someone else’s problem.