Thank you Romi for exposing the chief issue for IT IMO. Perception and IT's role in the formation of it.
I really like the role of CIO and feel it is of course necessary, but it has to be understood that this is a leadership role. I did not say dictator, but leader.
This person is the one who is to form the importance of IT in the minds of the Upper Mgt. If they do a poor job of this ( which is often the case) then the entire department suffers.
Have you worked under a weak CIO ? I have and more than one. And it is no fun. Just thinking about this is making me upset, because most CIO's are poster boys and girls for CYA today. And even if they are "introducing something new" - it is just some upgrade on an existing MS product. What a joke.
I have not encountered one throughout my career who has ever been worth a damn.
It is as you say - Time to be a Man or Woman and stop worrying about paying your mortgage.
I have acquiesced to CIO's in the past but those days are over, I will no longer allow them to paint me indirectly or directly as the passive, feeble moron that most of them are.