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C-Suite Career Advice: Humberto E. Della Torre C., IT Manager, Grupo Calleja

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Name: Humberto E. Della Torre C.

Company: Grupo Calleja

Job Title: IT Manager

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?

My father inspired me with our family motto “Better be dead than tired!” since my early childhood. That piece of advice is valuable not only in professional life but in all other aspects of human relationships assuring high levels of productivity and personal satisfaction. Of course, the motto was reinforced by his exemplary behavior as a medical doctor and politician.

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What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?

I would share our family motto “Better be dead than tired!” Because it works. I would add another piece of advice recommending to keep always an open mind to explore new solutions and the will to continuously review, research, learn, evaluate and whenever possible practice new methods to optimize your work.

If you work hard in order to satisfy the needs of others, human relations will not be a problem with your career advance if you stay out of trouble with a little emotional intelligence.


What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?

Do not become a technical specialist. In C-level positions knowledge about finance and business related matters is more important. Be a generalist but try to keep the technical knowledge updated to the newest trends in your industry at the most convenient level to lead your team successfully.

Continuously review your organization, tasks and projects.

Cooperate with anybody that could use your help.

Promote change and back up your ideas with technical, economic and human reason but especially with business reasons.


Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?

All my team members have learned to live by my family motto and my career advice. Most adapted easily. However, I am more proud for the few that needed more time than the rest to conform.

Thanks to my continuous supervision and coaching all my teams have taken responsibility seriously in their assignments and learned to cooperate with anyone that needs help from our area.


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