What are people unaware of when first stepping into an executive role in IT?

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CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
The need to build business relationships.
CTO in Media, 2 - 10 employees
That they need to invest much more time in stakeholder management than in technology management.
CIO in Hardware, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Its busines.. business.. business. Just think only about business
Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in Software, 10,001+ employees
The need to listen and not speak is critical. This helps determine where issues, risks, priorities arise.
CIO in Media, 2 - 10 employees
Need to build business relationships
VP of Global IT and Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, 501 - 1,000 employees
Don’t underestimate the power and important of building and maintaining those informal channels to get things done!!
Director IT | CTO Office | Digital Factory / Industry 4.0 in Hardware, 10,001+ employees
Understanding the current landscape (People, Processes, Technology) before implementing changes. 
CIO in Finance (non-banking), 51 - 200 employees
Crisp communication skills take a lot of work to develop for different audiences
Selling ideas is essential
CTO in Healthcare and Biotech, 11 - 50 employees
That you need to learn soft skills that you lack off.
CIO in Consumer Goods, 11 - 50 employees
Applying business perspective towards technology

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