Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Information Technology (IT) Director in Los Angeles:
"Actively Listen, enlist participation from subordinates."
Indecision will create chaos, change may be good, own you accomplishments and mistakes. Enjoy what you do.
Information Technology (IT) Director in Seattle:
Wish I knew just how behind everything was, and that the stress level would be enormous.
Information Technology (IT) Director in San Antonio:
"The stresses of working in the IT industry."
Learn to be very patient and never take anything personal.
Information Technology (IT) Director in Indianapolis:
"Size Up Expectations."
Evaluate your predecessor's work practices and habits to understand expectations across job functions and constituent groups.
Information Technology (IT) Director in Fort Worth:
"Its not as hard as it seems initially."
Talk with your superiors often; get clear on your responsibilities; and work with your boss to design the first 6 months of goals/priorities; work hard daily, but always make time to cultivate relationships.
Information Technology (IT) Director in Roseville:
"Slow to change, fast to adapt."
One of the biggest things I learned was the need to adapt to new issues quickly, and resolves issues yesterday, but not to force blanket changes on my staff quickly. Don't let people try to push you around. Be understanding and considerate, but stand firm on your principles.
Information Technology (IT) Director in Santa Clara:
"Do it the right way the first time."
There are a lot of ways to accomplish a goal in IT. However, there is typically only a handful of ways that is right for YOUR business. Don't get stuck in what you've done "in the past" as it might not be right for your current employer. Do what is right, and do it the first time. Cutting corners will only cost the company (and you) later in your career.