Top reads for the progressive CIO


Last year, CIO South Africa discovered some of the interesting reads that keep South Africa’s leading IT minds motivated and inspired.

The results were an eclectic mix, with Karl Fischer recommending Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Joshua Raphael enjoys Atomic Habits by James Clear, and Itumeleng Makgati’s favourite being, Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo.

ChatGPT also had some suggestions when prompted with the question: What are the top 5 books progressive CIOs should be reading?

As an AI language model, I can suggest five books that could be valuable for progressive CIOs to read. These books cover various aspects of technology, leadership, and innovation that are relevant to the role of a Chief Information Officer. Here are my recommendations:

  1. "The Innovator's Dilemma" by Clayton M. Christensen: This classic book explores the challenges of disruptive innovation and provides insights on how established companies can adapt to technological change and maintain their competitive edge.

  2. "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries: This book introduces the concept of the lean startup methodology, which focuses on rapid iteration, experimentation, and validated learning. It can help CIOs drive innovation and foster a culture of continuous improvement within their organizations.

  3. "The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford: This fictional story provides an engaging narrative that highlights the importance of collaboration, agile practices, and DevOps in managing IT operations and driving business success.

  4. "The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership" by Martha Heller: In this book, the author explores the complex role of the CIO and offers practical advice on how to navigate the challenges and paradoxes faced by IT leaders. It covers topics such as innovation, governance, and building effective relationships with business stakeholders.

  5. "Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs" by John Doerr: This book introduces the concept of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) and provides examples of how organizations have successfully used this framework to set goals, align teams, and drive results. It can help CIOs implement a goal-oriented approach and foster a culture of accountability and execution.

    Remember, these are just a few recommendations, and there are numerous other books that can be valuable for progressive CIOs. The choice of books may also depend on specific areas of interest or challenges faced by the CIO and their organization.

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