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10 tips to help IT leaders to succeed during tough economic times

Managing your business and your career during tough times requires you to focus on the right stuff, both professionally and personally. Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior recently shared her tips for leaning into the current economic headwinds. Take a look and then add your advice to the discussion.

Managing your business and your career during tough times requires you to focus on the right stuff, both professionally and personally . On Twitter, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior (right) recently posted her tips for leaning into the current economic headwinds. She gave us her permission to reprint these tips. Take a look and then add your own advice to the discussion.

  1. Prioritize products that solve relevant problems. What are people willing to pay for?
  2. Make sure your solution has sustainable differentiation. What is unique?
  3. Focus on quality and reliability. It works each and every time.
  4. Share best practices and lessons from failures.
  5. Innovate. What will you be ready with in five to ten years time?
  6. Listen with a global perspective. Be there for friends and partners.
  7. Get involved in your community. Contribute time and expertise.
  8. Deflect stress to avoid negative physiological effects. Do what you enjoy: sports, meditation, music, theater or art.
  9. Prioritize. Don't start what you can't finish
  10. Pursue your passions. Spend time on what you really care about. Laugh (at yourself, too) and have fun.

Padmasree Warrior is responsible for driving technological strategy and innovation at Cisco. Photo by Crane's Chicago Business. 

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3 comments
Deepak_Goel
Deepak_Goel

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Steve Romero
Steve Romero

Other than item #8, this is a great list for ALL times - as opposed to tough times. My advice would be to review and revise your strategy to reflect the current economic conditions. Make the appropriate adjustments and most importantly, ensure everyone is on the same page. Effective governance and the resulting improved decision-making is most valuable during tough economic times. Steve Romero, IT Governance Evangelist http://community.ca.com/blogs/theitgovernanceevangelist/

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