…this fast-paced, enjoyable book dives headfirst into the key strengths that highly effective CIOs possess, such as an ability to inspire others and to demonstrate that you value their ideas.
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Books to Boost Your CIO IQ
CIO Insight
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Public CIO
With recent shifts in the political landscape and several newly appointed CIOs entering the scene, many of these CIOs will seek best practices or a handy reference book to help deliver on IT promises. Those already thinking about the work ahead should read The CIO Edge: Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results, which says soft skills yield hard results.
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IT World Canada
In a new book about essential leadership skills for chief information officers, three authors look at a negative attitude they say is plaguing the profession.
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CIO Magazine
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Dallas Examiner
Based on years of data-driven research and field work, the co-authors (i.e. Waller, Hollenbeck and Rubenstruck) identified those behavior patterns and key skills that will enable a CIO (or equivalent) to gain a competitive “edge” that differentiates them as leaders.
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Wisconsin Technology
CIO’s Vitally Important in Defining and Executing Business Model Strategy
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To be sure, CIOs should have a good understanding about technology and strong business acumen in order to be successful in their roles. But to truly be an effective leader, CIOs must have solid people skills, communicate well and be great at developing partnerships with employees, business peers and other constituents, according to the authors of a new book on the topic.
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CIO Magazine
In the new book The CIO Edge: Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results, the trio of authors argue that CIO’s leadership and people skills re the biggest determinate of their success—or failure.
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Must read book
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BCS: The Chartered Institute of IT
The way the book is split into seven chapters means it is approachable and a very enjoyable read.
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For IT execs whose career seems unfulfilling and nerve-racking, “The CIO Edge” offers a prescription for developing those oft-neglected interpersonal skills that can be the gateway to renewed career success.
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"This inspiring book proves that no amount of technology can replace the power of motivated and energized people. It’s a very insightful read for anyone looking to grow leadership."
Filippo Passerini, President Global Business Services and CIO, Procter and Gamble

"In The CIO Edge, Waller, Hallenbeck and Rubenstrunk prove that the importance of well-honed leadership skills is just as important as technical skills—very often more so. Their examples and models offer compelling evidence that leaders succeed because of, rather than on the backs of, their people. And don’t let the title fool you: While set in the IT realm, this book is not just for CIOs, and it’s not just for IT. It is for anyone, anywhere in the company, who has the awesome responsibility of leading."
Marc J. Rosenberg, management consultant, Marc Rosenberg and Associates, and author, Beyond E-Learning

"The CIO Edge will give you just that—the edge on leadership. The authors lay out the tools and skills that will set you miles above the rest. Read it and learn what it is to be a CIO and deliver the best results!"
Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach and author of New York Times bestsellers Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

"This book is a well-developed road map for leaders who want to learn how to win personally and professionally. It shows how a CIO or any leader can achieve lasting results by cultivating extraordinary people and mastering communications. Get ready to be inspired and change the way you think about leadership."
John Hinshaw, CIO, Boeing

"The central theme of The CIO Edge is one that we embrace at FedEx: Our people are our greatest asset. Through research and case studies, the authors demonstrate the power of driving results by putting people first. We believe this principle is universal and applies across the entire business spectrum, including information technology."
Robert B. Carter, Executive Vice President and CIO, FedEx

"The CIO Edge is a practical and conceptually sound guidebook for moving CIO leadership from a reactive, ‘support the business staff’ role to a fully transformational leadership partnership with the business side. The book is a must-read for both the CIO and the CEO as they craft their global competitive strategies."
Noel Tichy, professor and director, Global Citizenship Initiative at the University of Michigan, and coauthor (with Warren Bennis), Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls

The CIO Edge will give you just that—the edge on leadership.
Marshall Goldsmith
Executive coach and author of New York Times bestsellers Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There