The following is a condensed excerpt from the new book Confessions of a Successful CIO: How the Best IT Leaders Tackle Their Toughest Business Challenges (Wiley CIO Series, 2014) by Dan Roberts and Brian P. Watson. The book tells the stories of nine world-class CIOs, focusing on the most daunting challenge they ever faced—and how the lessons they learned have shaped their leadership styles and philosophies.
I know Dan and Brian. This is solid work that deserves a good reading and then a re-reading. Congratulations to them both for making this happen.
Most books in this category focus on a theory—very smart people espousing their ideas about the CIO role, how it will change, what current and aspiring IT leaders must do to succeed. Those books are valuable, and they provide an inordinate amount of useful, actionable ideas for today’s IT leaders. Continue reading