This is the time of year when the CIO will reflect on the passing year and then set a plan for the upcoming year. I’ve often been asked the question, what are the top 3-4 books that a CIO should read ? … I’ve also been asked the same question for new CIO’s as they begin their tenure. The answer to the question certainly depends on the philosophy of the IT Executive as well as the culture of the IT organanization. But, let me point out a few books that that should be on the must read list for both the new CIO and the seasoned veteran.
This is an easy to read book for Leaders who are either new to the job or attempting to reinvent themselves or their organization. Of course, the new CIO will like this because it will help the leader take charge quickly. However, don’t think of it as only being applicable during your first 90 days in the job.
This is a great book for a CIO who wants to be a transformational leader, or for a leader who finds themselves in a situation where transformation of an IT shop is needed.
An indispensable book that defines how the CIO adds business value and how they best communicate what is being done — in business terms. This was critical to my own personal ability to generate a business centric suite of metrics for my own IT Organizations over the years; and helped remind me how to talk about IT to the greater organization.
A book that can help you think about how to excel at communicating and working with internal customers. This is a book that should be read by the CIO and all members of an IT leadership team.
For all IT Executives … enjoy the reading, and best of luck as you set your 2011 strategy!