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How do technology leaders view the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML) technology?

How do you see your role in corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

Top Answer: I learned the hard way how to build my career through various services, domains, and markets; now, I am passionate about guiding young engineering and management students to the right career. Given that technology changes every three to five years, as does the geopolitical and business environment, I assist them in determining what skills they need to keep up with these changes and become self-sufficient. As part of my corporate social responsibility (CSR), I provide guidance through webinars. I'm also working on a book about how to differentiate your career, because careers require careful planning to grow sustainably. The competition is becoming increasingly fierce, so there is a real need to differentiate yourself.

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How much should aspiring leaders invest in continuing education?

Top Answer: When your learning ability increases, so does your earning ability. Many people think that once they become an MBA or engineering graduate, they don't have to invest going forward. But if you keep investing some percentage of your income on upgrading your skills, you will be able to build a better career. 

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How are tech leaders initiating digital transformation from a cultural perspective?

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Should all employers adopt a four-day workweek?

Top Answer: We must be thinking about how we get to a George Jetson work week.

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What advice would you give aspiring CISOs who have immigrated to the US?

Top Answer: Get ready to work twice as hard as the next person to achieve the same thing, because that's reality. That forced me to become very good at my craft. You have to have the mentality that you're going to be the best that you can be, irrespective of the obstacles. Nobody's going to give you any breaks. I realize that's a horrible statement to some people, but that’s the reality you have to deal with to succeed under those circumstances. You have to be exceptionally good at the things that others may just be competent at. 

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If you had a magic wand - what's the #1 daily business challenge you'd eliminate?

Top Answer: 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.

Are you sympathetic to startups? Why or why not?

Top Answer: Over the years I have definitely found a lot of interesting ideas among startups. I may not have engaged with all of them or given them business, but I did show them which direction to take in terms of what they could be doing differently. I gave them informal mentorship rather than getting into a formal engagement with them. During my time as a CIO and even now, a lot of them return with feedback on what worked and what didn't, as well as whether the conversation was worth it or not. That's a good place to be. I have been sympathetic to startups because they're struggling to do something new. We should hear them out. I’ve realized that within the ecosystem, not everyone is amenable to spending time on startups.

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Leadership pressure: What are the causes and how do leaders cope, especially during a generational crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic?

How have you defined success for your own career?

Top Answer: I'm a strong believer in the principles of Ikigai, which is the Japanese concept of having a sense of purpose in life. I believe that we need to associate a purpose with what we are doing at every stage of life. Until we can do that, we are missing the core objective of the specific role we’re performing, be it in our personal or professional lives. I see my success as helping people grow in their careers, or enriching them with new knowledge and techniques that can help them progress. By virtue of that, I also teach at my local college here in New Jersey. Although I teach machine learning to a class of MBAs, I want to expand my horizons to also give them career guidance.

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

Top Answer: 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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What qualities are essential for successful leadership?

Top Answer: Successful leaders are self-made. If you see yourself as a leader, that essence will be evident in your work, because leadership is more about who you are than what you do. But it is a journey; nobody can become a leader in three to five years. And the more initiative you take towards becoming a leader, the closer you’ll get to becoming one. You need to be very good at communication, which is not only about speaking, but listening as well. Only once you listen properly will you be able to decide your next course of action. Many people emphasize speaking when it comes to communication, but listening is more important. Successful leaders also leave their ego at the door. You encounter many situations when you are working in an organization where people may say something to you that you don’t agree with, but you don't have to react immediately. You need to leave your ego behind in those moments.  A leader should also have a vision for whatever they are doing, including values, goals, a mission, purpose, and clarity. You need foresight to anticipate what might happen. And successful leadership requires courage because you need the ability to both take on risk and manage a crisis. Leaders should never stay in their comfort zones. If you are staying at one company or in one role because you’re comfortable, you won’t keep developing your leadership skills. The more challenges and responsibilities you take on, the better a leader you become. Leaders hold themselves responsible and refuse to make excuses if something goes wrong. They stay calm and focus on doing better in the future. And they are also great readers. When you read books relevant to your role or domain, you get so many ideas. Leaders always need new ideas to implement the right strategies, so I read two to three books per month. Integrity is a critical quality and one of the most important leadership traits because it guarantees all the others. Leaders need to demonstrate truthfulness and consistency: How truthful are you with yourself and your team? And how consistent are you in fulfilling promises made to your shareholders, organization, CEO or team? How are you fulfilling those promises? But most of all, leaders have to be very good at creating cooperation between departments. 

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