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CIOs Tell All: Top 10 Do-Over Moments

Everyone makes mistakes at some point in time in life; these CIOs share the major ones they wish they could change.  Below are a few of their points:

Don't Listen To Naysayers

Doug Haugh, Mansfield Oil CIO, had a working customer-tested ColdFusion application in 1998. He decided to wait to launch until 1999, but with a working product he should have launched a year earlier. His suggestion is to “go with your gut.”

Don't Stay Too Long

Suzanne Gordon, SAS CIO, stayed in a role that was no longer benefiting her and felt decisions were being implemented that were not best for the company.  Eventually she left for a position at SAS consulting, but she felt she stayed too long.

Beware 'Good for Career' Moves

Mark Schissel, Herbalife, CIO, took a job he thought would be a career-maker for him even though he knew he did not feel like it was a good fit. It didn’t take him long to realize that passion is the key to success and fulfillment in the workplace.

Invest In Your Own Education

Donagh Herlihy, Avon Products CIO, dropped out of his MBA program at 25 because his employer cut financial support. He didn’t realize how much he missed out on until he completed his MBA later in his career.

Don't Rely On Reputation

Edwin Marcial, IntercontinentalExchange CIO, purchased a software package based greatly on its reputation as the industry leader in that area. After a year of wasted development they finally shifted gears. “Every vendor and product must be vetted, regardless of its past success and reputation.”

About Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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