13 CIOs Share: My Big Mistakes
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Sara Peters
Sara Peters,
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11/19/2013 | 10:20:52 AM
tricky one
"The timeframe was too tight -- but rather than risk the deal, I signed up for commitments that couldn't be delivered on."  I think that's an all-too-common conundrum, and one that can only be avoided if you're confident enough to say "no" or "no, we can't do that, but we can do this."

Of course it's a lot harder to avoid that problem if the people making those commitments are not the people who have to deliver them.

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11/19/2013 | 10:19:23 AM
Early in my career
Great observation about how often CIOs (let's face it, every manager) preface lessons learned with "early in my career". I've heard it time after time. Of course, in speaking with CIOs it's apparent that not everyone made their mistakes early in their career; every new CIO ends up fixing the mistakes that their predecessors made "late in their career".

Thanks for sharing these lessons.
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11/19/2013 | 9:51:31 AM
Re: Great Advice
...that every setback, even the biggest ones, can be an opportunity to do things differently next time. It's more than "learn from your mistakes." Setbacks are opportunities to change your thinking, organizational structure, practices. The end of one world can be the beginning of another. Sounds like management-speak, but it's the best advice I ever got. 
Alison Diana
Alison Diana,
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11/19/2013 | 9:50:53 AM
When speaking to solution provider CEOs, CIOs, and presidents, one good piece of advice they'll tell me is to fire bad customers fast. Sure, landing a big contract is exciting. But if it's outside your experience; the client is impossible to work with, or the goal post is constantly moving, you'll never meet expectations and that means you can't concentrate on those clients whose work you can do. At the end of the day, you'll have several dissatisfied customers. And that's not good for anyone. 
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11/19/2013 | 9:43:17 AM
Great Advice
Some really good advice for work and life in this slideshow. The best I ever got was from my first boss: Never Assume -- Because you make an A$$ out of U and ME. What was the best advice you ever got?
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