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prefer not to pore over spreadsheets of detailed
financial information, so I've got amazing righthand people who are much more comfortable
with that stuff. This kind of "playing to your
strengths" is important, especially as you move
higher up in your organization. I have also found
that as I have moved into more senior roles,
success has depended less on the technical
aspects of what I know, and more on the
strength of my relationships with my colleagues
and understanding of the business.

Finally, your success will depend to an extent
on your breadth of vision. As we all know, IT
executives increasingly need to think beyond
IT, need to understand the business and its
problems, so that they are not pigeon-holed
as technology people. But there is still a
tendency for business services, whether it's HR,
finance, or IT, to be sidelined as "the support
guys," the order takers. That may have been
good enough in the past, but these days, you
need to be a partner.

1  In the beginning, your success depends on your skills, but
as you move up in the organization, it depends more on the
strength of your team and the network you've built.

2 The most valuable mentors are often people who don't think
like you. Look for people who have a different temperament
or set of skills.

3 If you're offered an opportunity, don't be afraid to negotiate
so you have the support you need and the position includes
projects you find interesting.

4 Create a team which is balanced to maximize expertise.

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