Recommended books for the CIO / IT Leaders for 2011

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We are quickly coming up to the end of 2010.  Most people are winding down for the holidays….perfect time to grab a few good books during the down time.

Below are some books that I think would be perfect reading for everyone in IT, IT Leadership roles and any/all CIO’s. Heck…most would be good reading for anyone.

Some are IT / CIO related. Some have to do with Social Media while others are marketing related.  A few others are provided as a way to make us all think.

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The Practical CIO: A Common Sense Guide for Successful IT Leadership by Jose Carlos Eiras

Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders by Jurgen Appelo

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo

Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead by Charlene Li

UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. by Scott Strahan

Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business by Josh Bernoff

The CIO Edge: Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results by Graham Waller, Karen Rubenstrunk and George Hallenbeck

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers by Bill Conaty and Ram Charan

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition) by Michael Michalko

Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web by Brian Solis

What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

Enjoy and happy holidays.

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