Lunch and Learn

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This week’s CertMag Web Poll asks how well you know your company outside of the IT department. Before clicking on “View Poll Results,” I thought to myself, “This oughta be good.” Unfortunately, IT folks are given the anti-social, tunnel-vision stereotype. Technology is what matters, and you’re keeping your nose to it, and only it.

 

The poll results don’t exactly prove that label wrong, but they don’t enforce its accuracy either. According to the results, about 15 percent of the respondents really need to get out once in a while. They claim that their work experience is confined solely to the four walls of the server room.

 

Kudos to the 75 percent of you who have at least some familiarity with your company’s functions—some of you even know your company’s functions like the back of your hand. That’s great and you’d be surprised as to how that can help you in the long run.

 

To those who are huddled in the server room listening to the sound of whizzing fans and machine crackles: Take a look at the big picture. If you want to advance in the company, make your presence known. Don’t be “the IT guy/girl.” Ask questions, go to lunches and give those soft skills (the ones we’ve been harping about) a whirl. Do you know the biggest challenges (outside of IT, of course) the company will face in the coming year? Are you familiar with the other C-level executives (aside from the CIO)?

 

Being familiar with your company’s successes, challenges, people and overall operations can mean the difference between an office with a view…and the windowless server dungeon.

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