Why do CIOs and Change Leaders need to be great Story Tellers? by Bjorn Ovar Johansson (Part 1)

Why do CIOs and Change Leaders need to be great Story Tellers? by Bjorn Ovar Johansson (Part 1)

In the latest exclusive video for the BTN, Bjorn Ovar Johansson opens up the conversation about why communication is critical for CIOs and gives some tips and tricks he continues to use as a way of improving the chance of success.

In part 1 of a 2 part series, Bjorn looks at his first 2 tips which are 'In-source a communication expert' and 'Build a performance focused IT organisation'. Do you agree with Bjorn? Should CIOs be great storytellers?

Part 2 will be released next week.



Bjorn Ovar Johansson is a board level interim CIO, advisor and business technology leader with a successful international background as 'strategic problem solver' in professional services, retail, life science, health care / NHS, banking and financial services sectors. With a wealth of experience, Bjorn is based in Manchester and has a solid track-record of helping SME:s and PE-backed businesses (as well as FTSE 100:s) transforming IT organisations and services to best-in-class, implementing digital / IT strategies to drive efficiency and profitability, and turning around major business transformations. 

Bjorn holds a BSc in Business Administration from Uppsala University. He is a regular columnist for CIO Magazine (cio.co.uk) and a  frequent speaker on 'Operational Risks in IT’, 'IT Performance Management’, ‘Critical Success Factors for a Successful Business Transformation' and ‘Communication in IT’. 


Thank you Bjorn for sharing such immensely useful tips. As leaders, we often get so mired in details, it's important to remember (even though we know it) to communicate regularly and transparently, while reinforcing the overarching vision.

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