Reader Question: Do I need a CAIO?

The trajectory of AI ownership inside organizations; how to improve your media interview skills for free

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Do I need a CAIO (Chief AI Officer)?

How should we address the need to either recruit or up-skill leaders for GenAI projects? CEOs of large organizations need a champion to drive the development and integration of AI use cases. Should we hire a Chief AI Officer?

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Alright, let's talk about Chief AI Officers (CAIO).

If you haven’t heard of a Chief AI Officer, it’s one of the newer roles on the scene, coined as the c-suite executive in charge of determining and implementing the AI strategy.

Today we’re going to share:

  • Why CAIOs are important

  • Why we believe they’re temporary (& what they’ll morph into instead)

  • How to lead effectively through AI

Organizations are scrambling to keep up with the insanely fast pace of AI adoption. The learning curve is steep, and change is happening at breakneck speed. So they're turning to CAIOs to help navigate the chaos.

A great CAIO serves a specialist in the boardroom, accelerating an organizations’ understanding, planning and mobilization of critical AI efforts.

But as companies start to wrap their heads around AI, we think the need for a dedicated “AI leader” will fade away. The smartest CAIOs out there know this. Their goal is to make their own role obsolete. In fact, most of them are opting to work fractionally (part time for many companies) instead of going all in on one role.

So then who will step in to fill the gap?

We’ve covered this before. But every organization should have these two work streams: AI Operations and AI Product Development.

  • AI Operations answers the question of how can we integrate AI into the way we work and build teams to be more efficient, do better work and drive more value for our customers?

  • AI Product Development answers the question of how can we integrate AI into the products and services we offer to better solve the customers’ problems?

Who will own these work streams?

  • AI Operations → likely Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  • AI Product Development → likely Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and/or Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Notice the CAIO isn’t included. The Chief AI Officer is an important catalyst role today, but AI ultimately needs to be integrated and central to leadership for orgs to get the full benefit.

So if you’re leading an organization and thinking about the CAIO role. You’re getting it partially right.

When it comes down to it, AI is demanding an up-skill across the board. And that pressure is especially true for leaders.

But as AI becomes ubiquitous, it won't just be one person's job anymore - it'll be everyone's responsibility to make it happen.


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