What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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.
Information Technology (IT) Director in New York:
"You need to know everything."
Learn everything you can about how every facet of the business operates. In order to be successful you must provide solutions with real bottom-line impact to executives who do not want to know anything about the details. Phrase everything in terms of business benefit and never (visibly) do anything for the sake of technological purity.
Information Technology (IT) Director in Morton Grove:
"Be passionate, creative, and data driven."
Do not be afraid to think differently and break traditional IT molds. Be passionate about your work, drive creativity, and use data to show the value of your accomplishments.