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

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-14-2011
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You're (Not) Fired: What Every CIO Can Learn from Donald Trump

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.
Donald Trump may be best known for the words, "You're fired." But the ever-colorful real estate magnate has clearly had a lot more to say over the decades. In fact, many of his statements demonstrate a reflective organizational leader whose philosophies are readily transferable any CIOs or other senior IT leaders. Trump started working for his father's real-estate firm while attending Fordham University, and graduated from the Wharton School in 1968. Just three years later, he took over the family business, now known as The Trump Organization. He has successfully overcome adversity, such as his well-publicized bankruptcy filings in the early 1990s. He's enjoyed a lasting comeback since then, and Forbes now estimates his net worth at $2.7 billion. Given that Trump has also served as a highly entertaining, human sound bite over the years, we offer these 10 Trump pearls of wisdom—and how they make sense for today's IT organization.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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