What were the most impactful learnings from the early stages of your career?

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CEO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed
I learned that while you can have a voice in a very large corporation, you’re never going to have the same impact that you think you will unless people from outside validate what you’re saying. When I was CIO at Celestica, I was a big proponent of doing e-commerce and B2B long before everybody in the high-tech industry was doing it. Some folks said, "This is going to change the world," and I saw it a bit differently.

I said to the CEO, "We have to participate in this because we're an industry leader." I got the, "No. Nobody will ever listen to you. Quiet down, little girl. Go back to your office." I was very put off by that. Then a friend of a friend introduced me to some folks at Sun Microsystems who said, "This is a big deal. You have to do this in a big way, because all of the OEMs are your customers and you'll have to respond."

I managed to join an organization or two and still kept the same job. I told my company I was going to hold a town hall in San Jose, and invite people that are customers and suppliers of ours. The defining moment was when the room was over capacity and we couldn’t let anyone else in. 480 people showed up for that event because the entire industry was busy riling IBM about doing B2B when everybody had been doing electronic data interchange (EDI).

Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Always help others more than you ask for help. It builds a lot of goodwill that pays back when you really need it
VP in Construction, 51 - 200 employees
Always provide support to others, irrespective of their level or circumstances
CEO, MSSP - High Assurance Cybersecurity SOC in Services (non-Government), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
A few come to mind: (a) Manage up [gently], (b) showing up [on time] is half the work, (c) speak up [know when to] and (d) Watch your 6 

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Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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Chief Technology Officer in Software, 51 - 200 employees
My personal experience. 

I usually get the feedback and go back with data driven analysis providing details to cross leaders to understand the context and make decision basis data and and not gut feeling. 
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Community User in Software, 11 - 50 employees

organized a virtual escape room via https://www.puzzlebreak.us/ - even though his team lost it was a fun subtitue for just a "virtual happy hour"
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