The mentoring could last up to two years. "I just meet people for two or three sessions. In a lot of cases, every couple of months. We meet even just for a coffee and a chat, [discussing] what have you been doing? How is it going? Is there anything you are struggling with?"
For the past two years, Collings has been one of the judges for the CIO of the Year. So what does he look for in the candidates? "My focus has always been about identifying the leader with a strategic focus and spends most of the time in the business," he said. "It is about managing and leading a team of technologists."
Summarising the lessons he learned along the way, he said some key components keep coming back for today's CIOs. "Demonstrate that you are a leader of people," he admonishes.
"Because you run a big team, demonstrate that you are capable of managing and leading them. There is a difference -- a big difference -- between a manager and a leader. Anybody can manage a process, to lead is quite different."
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