Thomas H. Murphy
Company: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Years in IT: 16 years
Career advice: Learn to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, from the boardroom to the cubical. It’s the key to success.
Best career advice ever received: Hire people who are smarter than you are.
Career challenge: Making the leap from a relatively small hotel technology group of 60 people to a Fortune 500 company utilizing advanced technology with more than 300 people in IT.
Solution: Maintain the sound management style and philosophy that works in a small shop; don’t be intimidated by size; focus on the critical deliverables in the first six months.
Last two books read: Finding & Keeping Great Employees, by Jim Harris and Joan Brannick, PhD.; The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story, by Michael Lewis
Family: Wife Lisa, son Harrison (7), daughter Kate (3), son Thomas (1)–and one on the way!
Last vacation: Purgatory, Colo., ski vacation, 1999
Hobbies: Music, basketball, reading
Favorite saying and philosophy: People are our most valuable asset and should be treated as such; the most successful companies have the fewest rules.