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Another area is being able to evidence , monitor and report on the carbon overhead of the organisation . ESG agenda is extremely important to the board , investors and consumers , therefore building out a full range of sustainability solutions is extremely important .
If you could go back and change one career decision , what would it be ?
My brain doesn ’ t work that way – I truly believe every decision that results in perceived success or failure should be used as a learning experience – we make decisions based on what feels right at that time and embrace the lessons you learn !
What advice would you offer somebody aspiring to obtain a C-level position in your industry ?
What behaviour or personality trait do you most attribute your success to , and why ?
I work hard to build positive working relationships across the organisation , so that ’ s being open , honest and approachable , as well as delivering on promises .
What ’ s your go-to productivity trick ?
Not so much a trick but I find being organised and continually prioritising tasks is really important – especially working from a home office for over the last two years !
What changes to your job role have you seen in the last year and how do you see these developing in the next 12 months ?
BE TRUE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR COLLEAGUES , STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN AND DO THE RIGHT THING .
My advice is to be true to yourself and your colleagues , stand up for what you believe in and do the right thing . In a function such as information technology , it is incredibly important to ‘ speak the language of the business ’ and focus on how technology can provide business value , not the technology itself . Be a champion of your business , get to understand the drivers and challenges to revenue streams , cost management and risk mitigation .
There has been a shift in emphasis from IT being perceived as a support function to being real business enablers , architecting , driving and delivering the digital strategy that is now seen as critical for all parts of the organisation .
The digital agenda has certainly accelerated through COVID-19 and I do not see it slowing down .
Clearly , there are still pockets of the industry that perceive IT as a traditional support function , but to quote Albert Einstein : ‘ Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results ’. x
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