A bit of background: I work for a VERY large corporation, in the IT department. We've been in the news some lately and have major executive level changes and our new CEO has put in motion a number of efforts to improve culture, etc. All good changes. Very Good.
However, there are some improvements in IT that have been talked about in very high level terms for a few months now with no action to back them up. Everywhere I turn, I hear people wondering/griping about when something concrete will happen, just waiting for "the big announcement" whatever that is. Very unproductive and making me crazy. I am two levels down from the CIO and the area in question just happens to be my area of expertise. So I sent him an email with some specific (constructive) suggestions on what could be done to move things forward - goals, actions, that sort of thing. Thought I might get a thank you and better yet, maybe news that these things were underway. To my surprise I got a very thoughtful reply saying he liked my ideas and to hook up with a certain person on his staff to put a plan together! I'm very excited, but -- I've never worked in any detail with folks at that level.
So now what? I have a meeting this week with the designated guy. Have been putting more meat around my ideas to prepare. But I must admit I'm at a loss on how to interact with them, how to pursue this etc.
Looking for helpful hints on C-level interactions...