How to sharpen your career development skills

Why CIOs must learn to plan more strategically for their futures

It is easy to lose sight of your long-term objectives as you cope with the day-to-day challenges at work. But to build the kind of career that will allow you to achieve your goals, you need to think strategically about where you want to go, and how you’re going to get there. Naked ambition is not an attractive quality, but there is nothing wrong with planning ahead. In fact, it is crucial to do so.

To reflect on both personal and professional matters, the key for CIOs (and for aspiring CIOs) is to think about both their short- and long-term goals.

It’s also important to take the opportunity to recharge your batteries, and think about how you’ll stay fresh over the coming months and years. Many CIOs find it very difficult to get away from work, even when they’re out of the office. But CIOs who don’t manage to secure at least some downtime are likely to regret it eventually.

Making resolutions at any time of the year can be a good way to start thinking about where your career is headed. But it is also important that you think strategically about the future: making the right choices today in order to meet tomorrow’s objectives.

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