The CIO is a very demanding position. If it's not out of control projects, technology failures, or tightening budgets taking up their time, something equally troublesome will emerge. As a result, many CIOs have come to expect a reduced incumbency, handling all this IT chaos, chance, and circumstance.

Every year or so some CIO very publicly loses their job. Often job dismissals can be predicted. Aside from outright illegality or being close to exiting executives during regime change, most discharges result from failure to perform position duties. Nevertheless, the four examples included in this report all have some steps that can be taken to help avoid the pitfalls that lead to shortened job tenure.