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Leaders need to recognize when you've run out of runway in a particular area of the business and when you've reached a certain point in your growth where that extra support is really needed. And that goes for any C-suite position. When hiring any executive team role, CIO included, you're looking for a partner, someone who'll bring that expertise you are looking for to the table but will also be just as invested in the success of the company as the founders are.

The modern CIO almost always reports directly into the CEO now, if not the COO, showing how CIOs have this new freedom to impact the world in ways they couldn't before. CIOs are taking age-old processes or ways of doing business and, by engaging the customer, and flipping them on their head. They find new ways to make it all about the customer and become a strategic driver of business strategy. This shift changes the way the rest of the C-suite looks at the CIO role as well.

We're also seeing an emergence of the CIO role becoming a strategic business partner to all lines of business leaders, helping teams understand how technology can a strategic tool within their organization. Take the Head of Marketing for example - marketing has never been more technology-centric that it is today and marketing leaders need a strong partner to help them evaluate, deploy and optimize technology that supports their marketing efforts.

When hiring for an executive team member, it's best to allow for at least six months to find the best candidate for the role. Hiring for any c-suite position is a long process because a company has to be able to show success in the specific sector the company is seeking to hire an executive for. The most important step is recognizing the need and the second is pulling together the data to justify that need.

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