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It's important that you
don't have half of the
team three miles ahead of
the others, so you make
sure you're evenly paced
a different perspective, or has even
balanced out some of the approaches
on how to solve the problem itself, how
to organize a team, or how to bring a
big program together.
As an added bonus, diversity is also
often fun. As a youngster in East
Germany, I never envisioned calling
Austin, Texas, AMD's headquarters,
my home. But I love the experience of
living here - the music, the diversity,
and of course the hi-tech business
environment. I also love working with
my global teams, which have given me
some very rewarding experiences. I've
met countless amazing people, many
of whom are now good friends. With a
great team culture that values diversity
in its many forms, we've accomplished
great things.
Working around
gender bias
Earlier in my career, I faced some
challenges in convincing people that
my being a woman added something
positive to the mix. Still, I recall in
my first job interviews after college,
I was told that I was overqualified as
a woman. Surprisingly, some of the
pushback was from other women within
the IT sector.
At AMD, though, I found an underlying
understanding that as long as women
delivered, met and/or exceeded their
goals, and provided the same type of
performance that male peers did, a
job opening would be as available to
women as to men.
Later on, I was surprised to be given an
opportunity to be a first-line leader - I
was still fairly young. But the trust my
managers gave me prepared me well
and helped me rise to the challenge of
the role.
To other women interested in a
leadership role in the semiconductor
industry, I would say: Stay curious. Be
yourself. Be authentic. These traits
will help you as you progress in your
journey. By staying engaged and staying
focused, you will be able to evolve
with the technology as long as you
keep an open mind and leverage the
opportunities.
Takeaways:
* Communication and alignment
are always the biggest challenges
for an IT manager.
* Pay attention to how good your
team is with ambiguity. Some
people embrace ambiguity while
others need things spelled out.
* Diversity can help break
deadlocked discussions by
introducing new points of view.
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