What advice do you have for technology leaders who are just pivoting into a brand new industry?

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Chief Technology Officer in Software, 11 - 50 employees
When entering a new domain, don’t have a myopic view of how to solve things. Look for opportunities to partner and collaborate. I'm a strong believer in the power of alignment — one plus one equals three. That's where innovation can happen. I'm not saying you shouldn't think about how you as an individual can identify innovation when entering a new domain, but there's more power to be had through partnerships and collaboration. 
Community Manager (IT and InfoSec) in Travel and Hospitality, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
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Chief Information Technology Officer in IT Services, 201 - 500 employees
From an IT point of view, digital transformation affects all organizations, small or large. Waves of technological change are frequent and accelerating, requiring constant adaptation. Artificial intelligence, automation and digital tools are shaking up traditional organizational structure and ways of working. To survive this, you have to be curious, adopt a reinvented collaboration and put technology at the service of the employee experience and not the other way around.
Inventor, Wearables Pioneer, Product Designer and Manager, Thought Leadership in Software, 2 - 10 employees
I have pivoted more than once.   I don't believe you need to be an expert in a new industry to lead or create a product, but you need to become quickly fluent in the field so you can talk with experts.  They will be a great asset.  Once you are up to speed, many of the skills you have are industry-agnostic and will be transferrable to your new work.  Your colleagues who chose your new industry are way ahead of you in domain knowledge, but you bring something unique.  You.
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Community User in Services (non-Government), 10,001+ employees

I wish we had more emoji reactions than just "thumbs up" because this gets 🙌 from me. The point about having experts to rely on is key. In my experience, if you bring your general skills, curiosity, and a genuine passion to get up to speed to conversations with these leaders in your new industry - they'll reciprocate by practicing patience to help get you up and running. 

Then in the best way - if it continues, the relationship becomes symbiotic over time - your fresh perspective and a good mind for possible innovation ... a match to their deep and historical knowledge base. 


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