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CRN Exclusive: Cisco Americas Sales Chief Gleeson On Her Spiritual Journey, The Power Of The Channel And Her Decision To Leave Cisco

Alison Gleeson, a 22-year Cisco veteran with a sterling reputation as an advocate for the channel, announced in late May that she would leave the company. She spoke with CRN about what led to that decision.

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What are the most important things you've learned at Cisco that you'll undoubtedly bring to your next job?

We focus on really not taking anything for granted. Our partners have had a lot of choices, and many of our partners have been with the company for as long as I have. One of the most important lessons is you can learn as much from your partners and your customers, if not more, than what you learn just in your own organization. I would call it a little bit of healthy paranoia. Never taking anything for granted. Our customers and partners are incredibly loyal to us, and we're loyal to them. But they still have choices because there are many, many, many great companies out there today.

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