The most important thing Judith taught me is that I need to spend time teaching the people I work with. She explained that people who lead in companies sometimes try to do everything on their own because it seems easier than letting someone else do it, but it is a trap I shouldn’t fall into. My efforts as a CIO would be completely wasted unless I took the time to teach employees how to do things for themselves. And she was right. I would go a hundred times again for that precious time I had with her, and I wish everyone could have the same opportunity.
There’s nothing I like more than business trips to sunny places where I can learn from the best in the industry. And that is exactly what I got to experience when I travelled to Florida. The beaches in Florida were absolutely beautiful, and the nightlife is everything you see in the movies. I even got a chance to hold a baby alligator and go on an airboat tour through the everglades. But what I got most from my trip was an opportunity to spend a few hours with Judith Haddad getting some advice on how to better succeed as a CIO.