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Advice for
Aspiring Women
IT Executives
I think women have a couple of advantages when
it comes to IT.
One, I think we are less risk averse than men at
work. I think we bring a willingness to take risks
in situations where a man might step back and
say, "I'll execute the hell out of this-when it's a
proven commodity."

I THINK WOMEN HAVE A COUPLE
ADVANTAGES WHEN IT COMES TO
I.T. ONE, I THINK WE ARE LESS RISK
AVERSE THAN MEN.... TWO, I THINK
WOMEN TEND TO CONNECT WITH
OTHER PEOPLE IN MORE WAYS.
AND WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING
CHANGE, A BIG CHUNK OF THIS
INVOLVES PULLING THE TEAM
TOGETHER.

Two, I think women tend to connect with
other people in more ways. And when you're
driving change, a big chunk of this involves
pulling the team together. When you have a
problem, it's not about finding who caused the
problem. It's about figuring out a way to solve
the problem. I think women are more naturally
able to build coalitions.

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So I think a greater willingness to take risks and
the ability to get people to work as a team are
two things that I bring to the party and that
women generally bring to the party.
Of course, that's not enough to succeed in IT. If
you're a woman and you want to be CIO, you'll
need to do three things.
First, ask yourself, "Do I want to sit in this seat?"
Be clear with yourself about whether that's
what you want to do. If it is, then you have to
organize your life to support that. I think that's
true for men, too, but it's much easier for men to
organize their life to support their ambition than
it is for a woman.
Second, deliver. The first criterion for success
is that you are able to get things done. You're
the go-to guy when it comes to getting
something done.
Third, it's important to network both inside and
outside the company. I think women do far too
little of this. Often, it isn't as easy for a woman
to break into informal organizational networks,
but it's really important. The better connected
you are, the more able you are to solve problems
and find opportunities. You need to invest time in
networking and make it an integral part of your job.



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