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Manager Insights, Career Tips, Astronauts and Admirals

Manager Insights, Career Tips, Astronauts and Admirals

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Q8: Managers are continually looking for insights that will save them time and enable success. What defining problem/solutions can you share from your prior roles?

A:

  • Build a good team of employees; they should be smart, enthusiastic about their job, resourceful and up to speed with technology, markets and trends. The most important word in this phrase is "team"; you have to feel you have a real team, that you are part of it, and your team is happy to be part of it.
  • Enjoy your work, so that, like me, you can consider yourself fortunate to have viewed a career not as a job, but a hobby.
  • Do not reinvent the wheel - if somebody has already found a solution to a problem and you can use that solution, go ahead. This will bring you one step ahead.
  • If something has worked well for twenty years it is time to change and improve on it, not to sit back and vegetate.
  • Look outside of the box.

Q9: I have a unique opportunity to drill into the accumulated wisdom from an accomplished executive. If you could sum up your life experiences with career tips for the ICT professional, what would be your tips and the reasons behind them?

A:

  • See above, plus work well with others, appreciate their work and tell them so. You never know where the next helping hand will come from; today you can be working with the individual who could nominate you for the Nobel Prize.
  • Volunteer to speak at local schools and universities, your experience can be an inspiration for young minds and it will help you in presenting your ideas to audiences you rarely encounter on the job, but as critical and curious as they can be, they will be a fantastic boost for your self confidence.
  • Help other to be the best they can be - be a mentor.
  • Never stop learning something new, be it in your field or in something completely different, you can find ideas to improve yourself and your job in places you less expect.

Q10: If you were conducting this interview, what three questions would you ask, and then what would be your answers?

A:

  • Q1: If you should start all over again what would you do different?
    A1:I probably would do it all again, but knowing what is available now, in my next life I will take Bio-medical engineering and nano-technology.
  • Q2: Which two people you met whom you remember with respect and admiration?
    A2:Astronaut Judith Resnik and Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.
  • Q3: Have you ever thought about going in politics?
    A3: No. In my field of work I prefer to deal with challenges and their solutions, rather than compromises.

Closing Comment: Fiorenza, you provide a thought provoking perspective on business, technology, and leadership. Thank you for sharing your valuable time and deep insights with our readers.

A: Thanks to you, you made me think about some concepts I have not addressed for quite some time.

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