Where did it all start?
I’ve spent most of my career interacting with various professionals and non-tech savvy individuals and through each instance I’ve learned a little more of the type of leader I wanted to be. Those experiences were both good and bad. Some were professional and others were personal, some never truly understood the role technology plays in lives, while others did, but each were memorable. I remember the worst manager, who belittled his resources. I remember the best lead, that taught values and enabled progression, because he believed in the abilities of his resources and where they could go in life. I remember my failures and my accomplishments and how they both impacted my attitude and my expectations.
Perhaps the thing that I understood the most is that those outside the realm of technology, rarely understood or were even able to acknowledge the dedication, accomplishments, and sacrifices within our field. In fact, it was not until I entered my most recent career, that I learned those facts and how much the lack of support and acknowledgment impacted my progression. I remember the feeling of being supported and being enabled to accomplish much more than I ever had. Only those that receive continuous support for their efforts can really grow in their field.
That is the purpose of this society, to surround others with like-minded professionals that seek to succeed and accomplish, while understanding the hurdles upon their efforts and acknowledge them for their accomplishments.
That quote resonates with me. In almost all of my careers, I’ve been told what to do and how to do it, regardless of my knowledge or skill set. Imagine my empowerment when I finally joined an organization that enabled me to become a leader instead of a follower. The shackles were removed, and I began to develop a different mindset. I started approaching situations and tasks with an objective mindset. In terms of technology support, I no longer thought as a “fire fighter” and instead became a “fire preventer” approaching discussions with long-term value drivers. The organization I worked for started investing in IT and begun saving money, all because people believed in what I could do and acknowledged those accomplishments.