SOME MIGHT THINK THAT BY BECOMING CIO I’VE REACHED MY MAIN GOAL. BUT GAINING A FANCY TITLE WAS NEVER REALLY A GOAL OF MINE. I REQUIRE OTHER THINGS TO FEEL SUCCESSFUL AND PRODUCTIVE – SOME OF WHICH I WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS, NO MATTER WHAT POSITION I HAVE OR WHAT COMPANY I WORK FOR.
For me responsibility is not a burden but a chance – that’s why I’m never afraid to take over responsibility. It provides me with the opportunity to take action, exert influence and make sure tasks are fulfilled with adequate excellence, regardless whether I execute them myself or delegate them to somebody else.
Whenever I see a chance for improvement, I will seize it. Whether this chance presents itself in the form of potential cost savings, enhancements through smart process optimization, or increasing the productivity and profitability by implementing innovative workflow automization. It’s easy if one knows the right levers. I do.
I never do things halfway. Every endeavor I start and every effort I take will always lead to at least some kind of viable result. That’s a promise I give to myself. To me it would be a terrible waste of precious time to do it any other way. Besides, only the results really count in the end – and that makes every effort worthwhile.
Increasing the competitive edge of the company I work for is always one of my main goals. Gathering meaningful competitive intelligence is naturally part of the process – utilizing those insights to “our advantage” is exciting and fun for me. Succeeding in this aim is more like a hobby of mine – and actually mandatory, too…
My Priorities In The Job
Regardless whether I help a friend, co-worker or customer, the best long-term solution is all that counts to me. Even as a regular employee, I approach my job more like an entrepreneur – with the big picture in mind, and my eyes open for opportunities to improve and simplify, or save money – without compromising the mission.
In my book, commitment, integrity and loyalty are the main ingredients for success. Once I have committed myself – no matter whether to a company, a job, or a promise – I will stick to it, not matter what. My continuous commitment to everything I do: Always deliver the best performance I can.
Efficiency is king. A streamlined approach is always the preferred way to go. Once the goal is set and the objectives are clear, I rather start DOING than talking. Always thinking ahead, outside the box and around the corner to solve any issue, I want to get to it as quickly as possible. Only a productive day that shows tangible accomplishment is a good day.
Reaching the position of CTO a couple of years ago was a big achievement. But a title was never important to me. My real ambition is to help my team, department, or employer to stay ahead, and reach even the most lofty goals. Striving to achieve more and make progress in my job, automatically means personal success to me. “Excellence“ beats “mediocracy” every time.
While I love to multi-task, keeping the goal in mind at all times, all efforts should directly support reaching the particular objective, otherwise it‘d be a waste of time. I find it just as important to always go the whole nine yards – I won‘t settle for less than 100%, and I don‘t mind getting my hands dirty in order to get the job done.
I‘m still humbled when people seem to be amazed by how I‘m doing things. But no matter how often I hear “nobody was able to do this, let alone so quickly“, for my own expectations I‘m never good enough. That‘s why I love to challenge myself by pushing my own limits and learn new things wherever I can.
Not knowing something is no shame – but no excuse either. While I would never blame anyone for not being familiar with a particular matter, I will never understand why so many people don’t strive after knowledge. I always will.
Maybe it‘s my “partially digital DNA“ that makes it so easy and fun for me to adapt and internalize new issues. I love every (new) challenge, that’s why I always approach new issues fearlessly and intrepidly. Since I always know how to FIX things, I’m never afraid to “break” something.
I know, I don’t know everything (yet). Nobody does. However, I also know that with the right skill set, managing and maintaining any IT network, no matter how complex, efficiently and economically isn’t rocket science.
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