Even in the nuts-and-bolts world of tech execs, choosing a right-hand man (or woman, of course) can be as politically challenging as anything going on in the halls of Washington, D.C.

The right right-hand person can help a CTO’s high-tech projects soar to new heights today and take care of your legacy when you leave tomorrow. The wrong one, though, can blur your technology vision to the brass, rankle the rank-and-file, and, worst of all, under-deliver on sweeping technology projects and initiatives — in other words, make your life a living hell.

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