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What specific advice do you have for fellow CIOs here to make better decisions? Are there any specific activities on a day to day basis, on a monthly basis, a quarterly basis, that can drive success?

I'll share just a small set because there's a lot of things all of us can do. IT leaders need to be amazing communicators. It sounds cliche, but I still don't see a lot of IT leaders being great at it, despite the fact that we've been talking about this for a long time. The best way to see this is to go to a conference and watch an IT leader speak on the stage or be part of a panel, and you can quickly tell who's good at it and who is struggling with it. It's not a natural thing to be good at. You have to learn it and rehearse it. But it is such a valuable skill to be a good public speaker and to speak confidently in front of others. Learn public speaking.  Also, be a great writer. You can't wing writing. People make so many judgements. Know how to spell, spell check, and pay attention to your grammar. Very basic stuff. It doesn't matter what role you have in the 21st century and particularly the leadership level, you've got to be a great speaker and a great writer. Lastly, even if you're at a conference in front of 10,000 people on a panel and you're asked a question, you don't know the answer to, say you don't know. This will gain you more credibility than if you try to wing an answer that's actually bad or wrong.

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I'll share just a small set because there's a lot of things all of us can do. IT leaders need to be amazing communicators. It sounds cliche, but I still don't see a lot of IT leaders being great at it, despite the fact that we've been talking about this for a long time. The best way to see this is to go to a conference and watch an IT leader speak on the stage or be part of a panel, and you can quickly tell who's good at it and who is struggling with it. It's not a natural thing to be good at. You have to learn it and rehearse it. But it is such a valuable skill to be a good public speaker and to speak confidently in front of others. Learn public speaking.  Also, be a great writer. You can't wing writing. People make so many judgements. Know how to spell, spell check, and pay attention to your grammar. Very basic stuff. It doesn't matter what role you have in the 21st century and particularly the leadership level, you've got to be a great speaker and a great writer. Lastly, even if you're at a conference in front of 10,000 people on a panel and you're asked a question, you don't know the answer to, say you don't know. This will gain you more credibility than if you try to wing an answer that's actually bad or wrong.
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Have great team of experts around you, build trust, and delegate and keep an eye
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