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Being pushed out of your comfort zone can make your IT career

Brian Watson | Sept. 13, 2016
Vanguard CIO John Marcante was working his dream job as the head of the company’s software development team. However, things were about to change.

Despite the innate organizational “paranoia” and dissatisfaction, Marcante remains confident that Vanguard will continue its legacy of both innovative breakthroughs and market leadership. Combine Vanguard’s long track record of success, customer loyalty and scale with speed, and Vanguard has, in Marcante’s words, “something that’s unbeatable.”

About 15 years ago, Marcante thought he reached the pinnacle of his career. Now he sits in the driver’s seat of bringing dramatic change and new competitive capabilities to the same company, using the leadership skills he further developed by stepping outside the comfort zone of IT.

“Looking back, I am so happy I did the things that I did, because I gained perspective,” Marcante says. “I benefitted immensely from the support and guidance of those who I’ve had the opportunity to work for and, as a result, I’m actually better qualified for this job today than if I had been left on my own.”

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