Useful Information for CIOs



Recommended Reading

Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (Author), Richard E. Boyatzis (Author), Annie McKee (Author) Business leaders who maintain that emotions are best kept out of the work environment do so at their organization's peril. Bestselling author Daniel Goleman's theories on emotional intelligence (EI) have radically altered common understanding of what "being smart" entails, and in Primal Leadership, he and his coauthors present the case for cultivating emotionally intelligent leaders

Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life by Stewart D. Friedman (Author) Most leadership development books focus only on your professional skills, while books about personal growth concentrate on your needs beyond work. Total Leadership is different. It's a unique and long-awaited resource that shows how to win in all domains of life

StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup's Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath (Author)DO YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT YOU DO BEST EVERY DAY?  Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.  To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself -- and the world around you -- forever.

The Four Elements of Success: A Simple Personality Profile that will Transform Your Team by Laurie Beth Jones (Author) Based upon the elements of Earth, Water, Wind and Fire, the Path Elements Profile helps determine both individual and team behavioral tendencies that affect everything from career choice to daily "to do" lists

The New CIO Leader: Setting the Agenda and Delivering Results by Marianne Broadbent, Associate Dean, Melbourne Business School & Gartner Fellow and Ellen Kitzis, Group Vice President, Gartner Executive Programs (Authors)

Introduction: The Crossroads

 “Two paths diverged in a wood…and I took the one less traveled.” —Robert Frost Chief information officers today stand at a crossroads. The role of each CIO is inevitably changing, because of two perspectives on information technology (IT). On the one hand, there is the lingering disaffection with IT from the Internet bust, the technology capital spending overhang, the popular press’s assertion that IT is now irrelevant in discussions of competitive advantage, and the hysteria about IT jobs moving overseas. On the other hand, IT is gaining renewed interest for several reasons. The global economy seems to be finally escaping the doldrums, and business executives are desperate for innovation. Additionally, the regulatory environment has put far more emphasis on the timeliness, completeness, and accuracy of corporate information. Finally, technology is playing a foundational, if not a central, role in virtually every product and service.

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