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Change the culture. No one expects you to
solve every problem yourself. Besides looking for
mentors and coaches, you can also work toward
building a more creative, accountable, and
proactive team. For example, offshore service
providers are now a tremendously important
resource. It used to be that a new priority would
automatically push something else further back
in the queue. Now, we are often able to keep
moving ahead by having some of our partner
organizations take on some of the workload.
These relationships have now bloomed into real
partnerships that allow us to be flexible as the
business evolves and changes, and ratchet up
more support whenever it's necessary. They also
give us another set of eyes, and help us look
for new opportunities with our applications and
systems.
We also run a program based on a book called,
Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger
Connors and Tom Smith, which has made it a
lot easier for the technology organization to

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serve as an effective partner with the business.
Over 2000 people in our organization have
taken the course based on the book, and it has
dramatically improved our productivity. Through
this program, we have developed a common
set of values and beliefs, opened an honest
communication channel between the business
and the technology organizations, and taught
ourselves how to be more deliberate about how
we encourage, reward, and train our staff.
When you get down to it, however, the most
important thing is to keep challenging yourself.
As I tell my mentees, don't be afraid to step
out of your comfort zone and take on a new
job or a new project that will make you stretch.
It's true that you may encounter people who
are not supportive of you or may not see your
value immediately, but don't accept their snap
judgment. Think of it as an opportunity to keep
learning, keep growing, and ultimately, to shine.
If you want to succeed, you have to learn to be
comfortable with being uncomfortable.

To succeed, it's helpful to understand your unique
strengths and then look for opportunities to
cultivate them.
Make career choices that will accentuate the
abilities you have identified.
Failure can be valuable. Treat your failures as
learning opportunities.
Large-scale cultural programs can make it easier for
technical teams to work with internal and external
customers, and offshore tech partners can give you
much more flexibility.

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