A benefit of being a CIO is that you get to collect a treasure chest of war stories to share with other CIO’s. These stories also serve a purpose: They teach patterns to watch out for (so that if nothing else, you learn when to cringe.)
One of my war stories goes like this. Outside my glass-walled office, in plain view from my desk, is an operational dashboard that shows concurrent users, and server load. CIO’s have a (good) habit of looking up at these dashboards for obvious reasons.