The Simple Solution For Finding the Right CTO? Look Further Than the Industry Expert.

Are the right CTO's always the experts you find in your industry?

That is debatable if you ask me.

CTOs are in demand like never before! I, for one, get a request if I am willing to join as a CTO around twice a week. Be it via LinkedIn, my direct network, or through recruiters.

The world is becoming more digital by the day. Many companies , also ones that aren't (yet) digital,  need to venture into the cyber section of today’s world. It is unavoidable.

The key to doing this right is finding the right people to help you.

It is a no-brainer. But, is it?

It seems like a no-brainer to hire someone who has experience in your industry. They'll hit the ground running for sure.

But, people are generally creatures of habit. So, when you hire industry experts, chances are they'll continue doing their job the way they always have.

When you are aiming for real innovation . Or, at the very least, diversification from your competitors . This choice is never a no-brainer. If you continue to hire industry experts, can you then expect big changes in the results?

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~Albert Einstein

Are you looking for a change? Then it is not a no-brainer.

Are serious about making changes in your organization and re-think the status quo? I've learned that a new employee with a different mindset will help you achieve exactly that.

Markets change fast. This means being stuck in the past will be disastrous. Diversifying the expertise in your workforce is not a choice anymore. It is a necessity to enable growth, innovation, and change.

Since people are creatures of habit, ‘newbies’ often transfer what they've learned in other industries. They will have a fresh take on how the organization rolls.

This will lead to them asking a set of simple questions that industry experts no longer dare to ask. Answers to those questions will put the daily operations in a new perspective. Especially for organizations looking for real change.

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If you look at my LinkedIn you can see I have made a habit of jumping into varying industries. I avoid becoming a one-trick pony because I enjoy being the newbie.

First, it keeps me on my toes to learn new things which I enjoy. Secondly, the fundamental skill set as a CTO transfers quite well across industries. Last but not least, the experiences within previous industries have always helped me deliver a positive impact on new ones.

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” ~Eugene Ionesco

Think different, accelerate change

Talent is scarce, yes, but less scarce with broader requirements. Using less specific requirements will introduce you to a way bigger talent pool that you can use. It might even speed up the hiring process.

Start killing two birds with one stone by being (a lot) less specific about the skills you think you need. Do not forget that many skills are transferable. So, look for people that fit your company culture and your way of thinking. Those are the people that will help you change with impact.

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