Recommended Books for the CIO / IT leader for 2012

2012_happy_new_year-widew By Ludie Cochrane on flickrWow…2011 went by fast didn’t it?

In Dec 2010, I put together a list of Recommended Books for the CIO / IT leader for 2011. That list was a good list with many CIO/IT related books as well as many non-IT related books.

When I sat down to think about a list of books for 2012, my first inclination was to mix it up again this year with some CIO/IT related books + some non-IT books.  But then…I realized 2 things: 1.) There aren’t that many CIO/IT leadership books on the market and 2.) most CIO’s don’t need help being told how to be a CIO the in traditional sense.  CIO’s today (and tomorrow) need to understand what the rest of the business is doing and how they are working.

With my main focus in my recent consulting being in the areas of helping IT groups work better with Marketing, PR and Communications teams/groups, I thought I’d put together a list with a wide-range of topics that would be good for IT professionals and CIO’s to read this year. Topics include IT, content, marketing, PR, leadership and business in general.

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It’s Not About You: A Little Story About What Matters Most in Business by Bob Burg

Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization by Olivier Blanchard

Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business by Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman

Real-Time Marketing and PR, Revised: How to Instantly Engage Your Market, Connect with Customers, and Create Products that Grow Your Business Now by David Meerman Scott

The Role of Technology in Today’s Marketplace: Leading Technology Executives on Adapting to Changing Business Needs, Harnessing Innovation, and Increasing Organizational Efficiency (Multiple Authors)

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors by Patrick Lencioni

Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard P. Rumelt

The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge by Vijay Govindarajan

The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clayton M. Christensen

Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World by Jamie Notter, Maddie Grant

The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen by Andy Boynton, Bill Fischer, William Bole (contributor)

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

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