IT Management Slideshow: You're (Not) Fired: What Every CIO Can Learn from Donald Trump

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-14-2011

You're (Not) Fired: What Every CIO Can Learn from Donald Trump

* "You're generally better off sticking with what you know."The CIO version: Don't let IT stray from serving your department and organization's core competencies.

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* "I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement."The CIO version: Don't go on autopilot, collecting a check. Think of ways to establish a legacy around your sense of innovation.

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* "I'm a bit of a P. T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone."The CIO version: You're only as good as the talent you "coach up."

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* "If you're interested in balancing work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."The CIO version: Find something about running the IT department that excites you every day. When you're engaged in your work, those around you will follow suit.

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* "In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish."The CIO version: Measurable results—as opposed to effort alone—truly determines your value.

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* "Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that's more productive."The CIO version: Pick your battles and know when you've been outgunned. Don't hold grudges.

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* "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war."The CIO version: It's through defeats that we often learn the most useful future practices.

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* "Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make."The CIO version: Don't fall for every new tech solution that comes along. Carefully evaluate impact upon organizational objectives.

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* "What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."The CIO version: You best serve today's corporations by demonstrating agility in day-to-day business management and remaining calm under pressure.

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* "If you have to lie, cheat, and steal, you're just not doing it right ... My career is a model of tough, fair dealing and fantastic success—without shortcuts, without breaking the law."The CIO version: Maintaining integrity is part of the complete package that makes you a formidable executive.

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