What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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.
Information Technology (IT) Director in Los Angeles:
"Be ready to wear lot of hats."
As IT Director of a SMB corporation, be ready to play multiple roles in your company. The key is as you take on multiple roles try find people who can work in your department and eventually take on the roles you acquire during the tenure. If you don't do that, you'll eventually stop growing and will be stuck with day to day repetitive tasks.
Information Technology (IT) Director in Overland Park:
"Does your employer value your services?"
Be sure that your employer values IT at the level you are comfortable. You don't want to be viewed as a "necessary evil" but as a part of the strategic planning for the future of the entity you are employed by.