Ten Must-Read Books for Today’s CIO [Infographic]

The way we do business is consistently evolving. The primary driver of this evolution has always been advances in technology, and it’s likely to always be the main reason corporations will continue to transform. However, strategies and expectations aren’t the only components forced to adapt alongside changing technology. Our IT organizations are not only working to keep up with the latest and greatest but are striving to pull ahead of the curve – to anticipate what’s next and prepare for the effects. Success is easier achieved when you’re no longer subject to reacting after an event occurs, but instead, are able to respond when you first see the event approaching.

We are firm believers that every employee has a role to play and with the right leadership, a business can reap the rewards of proper alignment across all variables. We also believe in teaching people how to fish, which is why our team of IT strategists decided to come together and offer CIOs and IT leaders a fantastic resource to help you stay ahead of the curve. These ten books are all unique in the information and perspective they provide, as well as how it’s presented. Take a look and tell us what you think.

Ten Books Current and Aspiring CIOs and IT Leaders Should Read


Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers emphasizes the vital role that a sense of purpose plays in our success. Inspired by purpose, you’re more likely to work hard and put in the 10,000 hours to become a master at your craft. – Afnan Adam, Senior Analyst

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance
Deep insight into the driving forces behind of one of the most visionary and inventive minds of our time. – Jeremy Dunford, Senior Associate

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time – Jeff Sutherland
Detailed logic supporting the use of agile over legacy processes, told in entertaining stories that illustrate the value. – Jeremy Dunford, Senior Associate

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss
There will always be challenges as a leader, but with planning and courage, you will take your team to amazing places! – Domenic Sessa, Senior Analyst

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution – Walter Isaacson
The Innovators is a history of the digital revolution. It has some great examples of how creativity and success come from collaboration and that technological progress is a team sport. – John Kurth, Senior Associate

The Calloway Way: Results & Integrity – Charlie Feld
Based on one heck of a winning track record, Calloway provides a reminder to stick to the basic fundamentals: Set the agenda, create a strong culture, and deliver with consistency. – Patty Grambeau, Principal

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown
Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time…it’s about getting only the right things done. – Kevin Bonfield, Managing Partner

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni
Succinct yet sympathetic, a great guide to navigating the inherent difficulties and complexities of leading groups. – Kevin Bonfield, Managing Partner

The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness – David J. Rendall
What a fresh perspective! Through stories of real people who have soared to success by embracing their uniqueness, Rendall encourages readers to use those differences as a competitive edge. – Kevin Bonfield, Managing Partner

Meetings Suck – Cameron Herold
Herold gives you immediately actionable, step-by-step systems that ensure that you improve your meetings, right away.
Kevin Bonfield, Managing Partner

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