The Wolf in Cio's Clothing

By Tina Nunno

Machiavellians are few in number in IT. The massive pressure on CIOs continues to increase as the opportunities to use technology in business become more prevalent and more competitive. As CIOs often find themselves at the center of business conflict, they must not only familiarize themselves with Machiavellian tactics as a defensive weapon, but also learn to use them as an offensive weapon in extreme situations so that they can increase IT's contribution to their enterprises.

As Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli implied, you're either predator or prey, and the animal you most resemble determines your position on the food chain. In The Wolf in CIO's Clothing Gartner analyst and author Tina Nunno expands on Machiavelli's metaphor, examining seven animal types and the leadership attributes of each. Nunno posits the wolf -- a social animal with strong predatory instincts -- as the ideal example of how a leader can adapt and thrive.

Technology may be black and white, but successful leadership demands an ability to exist in the grey. Drawing on her experience with hundreds of CIOs, Nunno charts a viable way to master the Machiavellian principles of power, manipulation, love, and war. Through compelling case studies, her approach demonstrates how CIOs and IT leaders can adjust their leadership styles in extreme situations for their own success and that of their teams.

"Tina Nunno is a true visionary in CIO leadership. "The Wolf in CIO's Clothing" arms readers with the battle-ready skills needed to successfully turn a losing battle into a major victory - and to avoid playing defense in the first place. The Wolf in CIO's Clothing is a must-read for any aspiring technology leader. Moreover, it's highly recommended for anyone seeking to become a key influencer within their organization." - Brook Colangelo, SVP and CIO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ""The Wolf in CIO's Clothing" is an outstanding book for navigating organizational politics. Throughout this quick read, Nunno presents specific ideas on how and when to take extreme measures for the good of the enterprise! This is the one leadership book you will quote, and reference, time and again." - Linda Kinder, SVP and CIO of Kellwood Company "Tina Nunno has captured the essence of skillful IT leadership in "The Wolf in CIO's Clothing." Our jobs are challenging - managing to find that artful balance between 'being nice' and 'being offensive' is difficult. Tina clearly articulates why it is important to achieve that balance - it is the key difference-maker for our own IT organizations and ultimately the businesses for which we work. A must-read for any CIO." - Edwina Payne, VP and CIO, Zimmer Holdings, Inc. "It may have taken IQ to get to the CIO position, but it takes a killer EQ to be effective once you are there. Tina brings out the animal instincts every CIO needs to know and keeps you panting for knowledge straight through to the book's last gasp." - Beverly Tramontelli, consultant and former CIO "When you read "The Wolf in CIO's Clothing" you can easily pick up Tina's passion and extensive experience of working with CIO's across the globe. " - Tshifhiwa Ramuthaga, CIO Financial Services Board (FSB), South Africa


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Publisher Routledge
Publish date 03/03/2015
Pages 232
ISBN-13 9781629560878
ISBN-10 1629560871
Language English

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