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What’s most important to you at this point in your career, in terms of your professional work?

At this point in my career, I like to always be motivated and with the daily illusion of going to the office, in other words, to have the satisfaction that comes from my responsibilities within my company. It's also important to feel that you fit into the work environment, in terms of your work team, culture, communication style, etc. Having the satisfaction of your daily work in place and being in the right environment it is likely to be in the long term with adequate professional growth.

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At this point in my career, I like to always be motivated and with the daily illusion of going to the office, in other words, to have the satisfaction that comes from my responsibilities within my company. It's also important to feel that you fit into the work environment, in terms of your work team, culture, communication style, etc. Having the satisfaction of your daily work in place and being in the right environment it is likely to be in the long term with adequate professional growth.
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Definitely a good balance between work and my personal life. I've worked hard to get where I am at, and I want to be able to enjoy my success by doing things with my family as of often as I can. My career is important, but it is just the vessel that enables me to spend my time outside of work doing the things I really love.  
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For me, I am working on being the best leader I can be. Growing my teams, making sure they have everything needed, and ensuring that the strategy is clear, challenging and achievable.
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Working on challenging alignments, learning something new, and being compensated appropriately for risk/reward trade-offs.
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After the pandemic, my perception towards everything has changed, of-course for the better. I think I'd be more focused on actually learning more skills & brush up my existing ones. Its of paramount importance for me at the moment. Things are getting back to normal, but one should always learn a lesson from every chapter life throws at us.
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In my career - I want to make a difference in the lives of my colleagues, employees, partners, customers. In fact everyone i work with. We are on a mission to "Feed the world" and i come excited everyday - thinking of the possibilities of using technologies to make a difference.
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For me, it is fostering and mentoring young talents, not only from technical perspective, but more importantly on innovation and leadership. Because they are the future leaders. 
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What's most important is achieving the remaining goals on  my professional bucket list in the next five years. Most were were already accomplished. But there are three I'm still working on. Did I have enough impact or do enough to help advance the role of the CIO from maintenance maven to true business leader.  Were my actions, thought leadership, innovations or simply breaking the rules enough to have an impact on those companies I worked for or consulted with to view the CIO as a consigliera- a true advisor. We have come a long way but not quite far enough. The second but equally important bucket item was always giving back through helping younger women advance faster, and with fewer obstacles in their way than those I faced. Maybe that falls under altruistic legacy but I would like to know I made at least a little difference. Only time will tell. The last and probably most personally important is being recognized by my peers and community as being just as much of an innovator now,  as I was when I entered the field three decades ago.        
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At this stage of my career, the most important thing for me is to be happy. I know that sounds very Pollyanna, but I probably went through a 10-year period of being largely unhappy until I landed at UCLA. I've been thrilled ever since and in retrospect, what's most important is actually being happy with the work I do on a day-to-day basis.
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I am happy if I am able to retain my team. I have built many teams but in this great resignation time, I had to build all new team with fresh from school talent. I am seeing reasonable stick around but I am afraid that I shall loose most of them very soon. 
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For me is to continue to grow talents on my team and retain high skilled colleagues. 
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The most important thing for me to is contribute at a high level. I want to add value to the team and organization. I want to enjoy the work that I do and feel that it means something. I want to enjoy the people that I work with.
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The most important in my professional work is being able to openly communicate my opinion and encourage others to do the same. 
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Leadership position brings its own set of challenges and opportunities. You always love to leave behind a strong legacy , giving you immense happiness, when you reflect upon. At the same time , there is insatiable hunger to keep your self abreast with changing technological landscape ,to ensure you do not get fossilized.
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My career has spanned close to 4 decades now traversing EDP, MIS, IT, Digital and more. My professional work today is all about giving insights based on my personal and derived experience to enterprises big and small on: 1. Making better decisions on enabling business with technology 2. Deriving value from existing IT investments 3. Making IT an integral part of the organization 4. Helping CIOs in their quest for respect and credibility 5. Mentoring CEOs and Boards on why technology is too important to be left to the techies From my teams across enterprises, I am fortunate to have been able to contribute to more than 20+ who rose to becoming CIOs locally and globally. 
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I'm working on my skills - in particular board credentials for a board position by the end of the year, buffing up my people management, and keeping abreast of all the technological developments in the industry. I'm planning no further formal education beyond weekend workshops after this year, but don't believe I will ever stop following the latest tech developments which does occupy a decent chunk of time.
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It has been a tough time for IT Management during COVID years. Most of us were not ready for remote work. Sudden pressure on IT departments in terms of work, budget, lack of resources etc. Then some of the employers didn't believe in remote work while everyone else was in the acceptance mode!! At this time, work-life balance and stability are most important in my professional life.
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At this point in my career I want to do something that will give me professional satisfaction.  I think that after so many years of experience, I can now give my best, because I am currently at that point in my career where experience is combined with maturity.
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Most important thing is how to Make a difference in people’s lives 
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At this point in my career is getting additional exposure to other areas of the business - I find this important so that I can help affirm some of the decision making that I've gone through, to help understand new challenges and opportunities, and to discover other areas that might be of interest outside of IT. I am a firm believer in being a life-long learner, there are parts of IT that come easy to be and are simple to explain. I'm searching for the challenges, the problems that cause me to rethink my strategy or coming up with a new approach. 
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For me the Quality of work what i was delivering how its improved is critical, as leader how many employee I have empowered to lead the next stage in their life. what career changes i have made for my team and contributed to company growth. Finally is being happy in what i do.
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The flexibility to push for more new technologies to be used. To retain the highly skilled personnel. To mentor the talents to achieve their success. 
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To work for an organisation who both values and appreciates the skills and experience I can bring as both a individual and a cyber security professional. To also appreciate that we don’t have all the answers every time and sometimes it is a pure guess based on experience 
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Well, career-wise the most important is to bring the startup I co-founded to the exit. To sell/IPO. And to do so in these hard times we will need to sustain the growth rate. And this means a lot of improvements - in the product, in processes etc 
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Anonymous Author
To be able to provide value to my team and wider organisation through my work.
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Being more conscious of the need to be more strategic and to spend less time and effort “in the weeds” is what I am currently focusing on. Having a strong management team backing me up and better connections to our senior leadership are important aspects to making this a successful process. 
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I am now just over 50 and the most important thing to be is respected and valued in the workplace
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I have gotten to the level where all I need is satisfaction and inner peace. Satisfied with the work I do every day...I think I am achieving that after being in the industry for over 2 decades.  I love challenges, once that seem unsolvable, and when they are solved, there is this sense of fresh air that permeates once very existence. 
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Anonymous Author
TTo learn how to become talent magnet for tapping skills, ability to foresee and validate next change or disruptive innovation in industry
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Doing work that is meaningful  where I am both influential and impactful in my role
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Feeling that I am contributing and not just leading a "cost center" in IT is high on the list, but in addition it's being able to successfully develop future leaders. It's easy enough to manage a team and achieve results, but the bigger challenge is to develop not just talent, but leadership. It's my goal that people who want to move into leadership positions feel more prepared to do so after working with me.
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Anonymous Author
finally being able to balance my professional and personal life.
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At this point in my career, with likely 10 years left before retirement, I am not so much focused on promotions and advancement, but more on enhancing the value I bring to the organization.  This is achieved through (a) continuous learning and ensuring that I am on top of the latest technologies, (b) Mentoring and growing the careers and skills of my staff, and (c) focusing on strategic initiatives and ways that my team can truly bring value to the company.
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Solidifying transitional continuity, as I approach the time when I would retire from my current position and seek professional employment in the field, elsewhere.  Looking forward to doing new things and learning more, in areas specific to network security.
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To build the bench, develop my people to be successful and grow into my role one day.  I've done a lot of great things in my career, and now its time to give back to my team.
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I’ve always been driven by solving business problems.  Working in an environment where I can do that on a strategic level with a competent team and an executive team interested in understanding how IT can contribute to the business success is what is most important to me. 
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The most important thing for me in my professional work is to maintain the current team and ensure that the team is happy and their work is challenging and rewarding. Specifically, helping the team to continue to develop their skills and prepare them to the next level of their aspiration, or career goals.  
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Anonymous Author
Three things that I'm looking for in my next job are a collaborative, team-focused culture, opportunities to learn and grow my skill and above-all of these is to make a difference in life of people. Being in Healthcare provides me an opportunity to do that. 
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Learning the new technology and techniques, updating my knowledge to cope with change. Making the existing projects more secure.  Get good marks in my graduation And also earn more
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In the profession, there is only one thing which is constant - change. There has been continuous evaluation and what we do, how we do changes as per business strategy and vision. I believe in "doing things right, first time" which really helps with productivity, staying on track and enabling great sense of achievement. I have also seen, that the focus and outcome one demonstrates isn't always perceived in the same way, which leads to another aspect - of how good you are at demonstrating values from what you have contributed to. Having said it all, I also think, it is important to have a right balance between professional work and outside of it. With inclination towards virtual first (WFH), this division is almost invisible and one must make conscious effort to draw a balance. All work, no play isn't sustainable. 
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Implementing meaningful changes that allows our employees to work faster and smarter.  Making the business more efficient by eliminating manual processes.  Reducing risk to facilitate stable operations everyday.
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Love this question since its rare to focus on the individual! You have to (mostly) enjoy what you do otherwise it's all meaningless. At this point its most important for me to continue growing financially as my experience is what makes me good at what I do, enabling quick and efficient thinking to resolving problems. Along with financial growth, happiness is super important but one can't be happy if not properly compensated. 
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The most important thing to me is enjoying what I love, balancing work/life, mentoring, and being the best version of me I can be
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Among the top things at this moment are employee retention, upskilling the existing talent and personally for me are to be able to balance projects/initiatives where I can participate on a high level and where more involvement can be useful.
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At this point in my career my focus is to keep the team I've grown over the last ten years focused, happy and content in their careers. We've been lucky to not lose anyone during the great resignation and I hope to keep it that way.  Personally keeping my professional growth on track along with a good personal life balance is very important to me.
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With 29 years in IT I am looking forward to retirement, so being successful and making money are just as important as they ever were, but work-life balance becomes more relevant as you get older. So at this stage it is time to leverage my vast amount of experience, and enjoy the technological advancements as they come along.
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The most important thing at this point is to be able to focus on building a great team (not just technically but also on the personal level) that is engaged and happy with the work we are doing. If I can accomplish that all other professional goals are usually fulfilled. A great team make working in even the most challenging projects easier and rewarding when you succeed. 
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Happiness is key, I love what I do and so work doesn't feel like hard work, and I love that. 
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At this point, expanding to other technology tracks and building the future technology team is my focus.
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To make a positive difference in the lives of others. What do we mean by positive difference? It is about impact and legacy — leaving your team, organization, or even the world a better place than you found it.
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I'm on the road to trying to find a better work/life balance. Getting to a happier place related to that is super-important to me and my family at this time in my career. Continuing to find fulfillment through teaching our clients new skills and mentoring younger staff is where I derive the greatest personal and professional satisfaction, so being able to focus more on those aspects of my job is also critical
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I want to be able to focus on innovation and process improvement.  In order for me to do that, I need to have a team that's able to handle the day to day so I can focus on projects.  Retention and employee acquisition is the hardest part of that right now.
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From my point of view i would like to grow my network, get as much work as possible and learn new technologies which will help me stay updated. I would also like to increase my team with potential candidates and progress along with them.
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What is important to me is to learn from others and to grow my knowledge as a business professional. I value the insights of all of those around me and the expertise that I believe every person can bring to an organisation. I enjoy expanding my knowledge beyond the technology space so that I can continue to add value with my skills. I enjoy seeing others progress their careers and how I can help to shape or guide that.
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After 20 years of being in education technology, the most important thing I wake up and do at work is serving others. It really is. Most of us do not do self-serving jobs. The rewards are not always apparent and we've all come home from a long day's worth of work and felt like a failure. The truth is if I had to do my job and I was the only one who felt success I don't think it would be a fulfilling job. I love watching others benefit from my work and knowing that I am making a difference in children's lives. 
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At this point, I’m shifting to more of a consultative role to other IT leaders across orgs within my industry and even outside.  I also realize that while work is, and always should be meaningful, it is more of a means to an end regarding what defines my life.  I have a wonderful family and want to live life with and for them in balance with providing for them through work.
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Empowering others to succeed!
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The success of my employees, by far. There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing them meet their goals - whether it's pay, skills, or entirely personal. I still have my own goals, but I spend a lot more time helping others meet theirs at this point.
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