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.”