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wouldn't push me on this. But she said, "We're
going to make one last attempt because we think
this would be good for you. We think you could
excel in this role." At that point, I looked beyond
my own personal preferences and thought, if
these two women, who I respect so highly, think
I can learn something from this job, maybe it's
time for me to think about it. So I decided to take
the role, and my old boss was right: I ended up
loving it and it gave me the experience I needed
to reach the executive level in the company. I'm
really grateful to them for that.

When they offered me the position, I wanted
everyone to understand that I didn't have an
IT degree. I had some IT experience and two
master's degrees, but I wasn't a technical expert.
And people seemed okay with that.

STRETCHING YOURSELF

The moral, I guess, is that although professional
knowledge is the foundation for everything,
it's only when you combine it with a degree of
healthy stubbornness and a strong will to make a
difference that you get noticed.

Eventually, these experiences led to me being
offered another post back in IT, one I had never
in my wildest dreams imagined: CIO.

I didn't really understand why at the time, but
now I'm beginning to. These days, technology
is such an important enabler for business that if
you're going to lead a technology function, you
need to understand both sides. That is, it's not
necessarily a good place for a specialist.

1  Don't be afraid to take a job you don't feel
absolutely qualified for yet. You'll learn.

2 People generally won't ask you to do

things unless they think you can succeed.

3 Don't think only about the next job you
want, think about the boss you want.

4 If you're just getting started as a CIO,
start with small but visible projects.

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