The CDO: Chief Disappearing Officer

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams I have been privileged to meet executives from every sector, many with the newer title of “CDO.” The “D” usually stands for Digital or Data. Here’s my observation from seeing great CDOs in action: they actively work to put themselves out of a job or, rather, to make the job they have unnecessary. They need to be different, not one more creator of a new silo nor a burgeoning empire of new ideas. Neither are they there just to digitize what is already being done. Let’s take t…

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