We work together on:

  • Personal Career Planning
  • Personal Priority Setting
  • High Potential Staff Development

We cover:

  • Strengths and Skills
  • Behaviours and Attitudes
  • Actionable Outcomes

I provide:

  • Confidentiality
  • Independence
  • Challenge


David Henderson has been fascinated with the continuously changing and challenging role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) since before the title was coined. Ever since he was Head of IT for a major UK Pharmaceuticals business in the 1970s, in fact.

His fascination has grown over the following 30+ years in several IT leadership roles for two major international businesses and as a Business & IT consultant for more than 30 global, international & national clients in many industries. He have worked around the world.

Most recently he has been taking more time to write & share about his experience and insights with leading CIOs as Executive Editor of IBM’s ‘The Evolving Role of the CIO’ programme. He has also continued to provide personal coaching & mentoring to current CIOs and to the next generation of aspiring CIOs.

David recently took early retirement from IBM so that he could concentrate exclusively on this.

He provides independent services in the following areas around the CIO agenda:

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Conference presentations
  • Coaching & mentoring current & aspiring CIOs.

His particular strengths include:

  • Listening skills & personal empathy
  • Balance between business & IT expertise
  • Extensive leadership experience in industry & consulting
  • Breadth of industry & organisation experience

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Read more about the services David offers for CIOs:

How does mentoring differ from coaching?

Mentoring is very different from coaching. And both are different from knowledge sharing

Information Leadership

The CIO has primary accountability for Information Leadership.

Should an Executive be required to mentor direct reports?

A mentor should not be a mentee's boss or in his/her direct reporting line.

There’s no ‘T’ in ‘CIO’

Not even in the full form ‘Chief Information Officer’. No ‘T’ and no ‘Technology’ either. The job title is not ‘Chief Information Technology Officer’.

So why is there so much focus in CIO media channels on technology?

What are the ideal CIO characteristics?

Context is everything.

What's the ideal IT spend relative to revenue?

This question does not make sense but unfortunately, too many senior non-IT executives still ask it and (perhaps masochistically) many CIOs inflict the question and answer upon themselves.

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