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5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant, helpful, and easy to implement, May 17, 2011
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This review is from: Lessons in IT Transformation: Technology Expert to Business Leader (Hardcover)
If you are looking for a book that will help you recognize very common obstacles faced by any organization, and get practical, easy-to-implement advice for how to overcome those challenges and be a leader in that organization, this will be an excellent choice. The focus is on IT, and how to make the technology organization a true partner with the business, but the advice is relevant to anyone who wants to be viewed as a leader. Larry's writing style is conversational, with many stories and analogies to help drive his points home. Highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book applicable to beginning and experienced IT leaders alike, May 5, 2011
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I have reviewed many books on IT as both a professor and IT professional. I knew within the first few pages that I could use this as a text in my IT leadership graduate course AND recommend it to my colleagues in IT leadership. Larry shares insights gained over his career in lessons that are applicable right away. The book is broken down into clear advice on leadership, change management, fiscal management, relationship management and more. Larry has experienced his share of bumps and bruises along the way but does a masterful job in sharing the events, what went wrong (and right), and lessons learned. If today's IT leader can avoid some of the same common pitfalls by taking this book to heart, it is worth the invested time and price of the book many times over. This book will help IT professionals to truly become business professionals with an expertise in IT. The writing is clear and engaging and the lessons are applicable and timely. I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You should read this book., June 22, 2012
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I just finished this book and it proved to be a beneficial read. I have read quite a few of these leadership books and it was easy to tell that Larry spoke from experience, some of it not so good. I especially liked the quote that Larry attributes to his mother - "You have two ears and one mouth, so use them in that ratio". I will never forget it.

To me, this book shows that Larry is passionate about what he does and that he still wants to learn. He is dead on when he says that IT leaders need to learn that IT is not just about the delivery of products and services. Implementation is part of it, but as he says, IT is about delivering what the customer needs to impact their bottom line or what items/projects they perceive as important.

This book is a must a must read for all leaders who want to take the next step from Transaction leadership to Transformation Leadership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical insights on leadership, September 13, 2011
This review is from: Lessons in IT Transformation: Technology Expert to Business Leader (Hardcover)
This book is clear, accessible and a quick read. The title "Lessons in IT Transformation", places the book in a market for IT leaders, but its content is much more appropriate to all leaders in business. This book should be a must read in companies which aspire to develop a culture of effective leaders who develop the best in all the people who work there. Larry speaks of many of the lessons described in the book as common sense, but they are only "common" because they are true and useful. While reading this book, it made me think about Ram Charan's book, "What the CEO Wants You to Know", where Ram lays out the most fundamental, basic and powerful principles of business. This book by Larry Bonfante lays out the most fundamental and powerful principles of leadership, every business leader, (including CIO's) should endeavor to master. I have been a business leader and CIO for over 18 years, and found myself being reminded of what works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another IT Leadership Book, June 13, 2011
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F. Wander (Hillsborough, New Jersey) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lessons in IT Transformation: Technology Expert to Business Leader (Hardcover)
Lessons in IT Transformation is a highly engaging book, written with an approachable style that was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Larry Bonfante has succeeded in disproving the old adage that "common sense is not so common". His book is loaded with thoughtful and common sense advice for improving employee engagement and enhancing ones leadership style to drive more effective outcomes all the way from the cubicle to the Boardroom. Most importantly, he concisely demonstrates that these successes come not by being a technologist, but by being a business leader who effectively leverages technology to create business value. Net, net, this book is a real winner. Just make sure you set aside some time - you won't want to put it down.
Frank Wander, CIO, Guardian Life Insurance Company
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read, September 8, 2011
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This book is for everyone who thinks he is a leader, wants to be a leader or who wants to help someone else be a leader. Although the title is about IT, Larry uses IT as the platform to describe leadership skills that are needed in all business units. Larry combines song lyrics, familiar sayings and motherly advice with his professional and personal experiences to review fundamental leadership skills and present new insights into today's corporate cultures. His humor and no-BS-style make this an enjoyable read on the train or on the treadmill. The end of chapter reviews are especially helpful for continuing refresher courses on how to truly be a leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One to read, and re-read!, June 6, 2011
This review is from: Lessons in IT Transformation: Technology Expert to Business Leader (Hardcover)
The heart of this book is all about teaching common sense that is not so common in the world of IT. It's about understanding that an IT leader must focus on what really matters to his or her organization and the people in it. I think the primary goal of the book is to prevent its readers from falling into the trap of running IT under the curtains of blissful techno isolation that is so tempting for many technical experts. The fact that there are more lessons to be garnered from this book than I could possibly absorb in one reading, means that as an aspiring CIO, this is a book that will be at arm's length for the years ahead as I continue along my journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book motivates!, September 6, 2011
This review is from: Lessons in IT Transformation: Technology Expert to Business Leader (Hardcover)
IT Transformation really personalizes the means necessary to foster truly engaged IT within your business. Larry Bonfante's energetic and positive persona jumps off the pages, pulling you into the conversation. Deep understanding of your business colleagues, outside of IT, is critical for the success of the company of today. This book wraps perspective and real-world methods around steps IT leaders can take to truly engage technology into crucial business strategies. Highly recommend the read - it's a feel good book, with tangible (and excellent) advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone in IT Management should read this, December 10, 2012
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Andrew Baer (Edgewater, MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Very practical, easy to read, great advice. You may not want to be everything this book describes, but it is important to understand how you are expected to act so you can make your own decisions about which skills you want to focus on - and the implications those decisions may have on your career.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!, December 16, 2011
This review is from: Lessons in IT Transformation: Technology Expert to Business Leader (Hardcover)
Buying today as a holiday gift for my staff. In a few pages Larry summarizes his many years of learning in a logical practical approach. An easy to read book packed with great advice and guidance for both established and developing leaders.
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Lessons in IT Transformation: Technology Expert to Business Leader
Lessons in IT Transformation: Technology Expert to Business Leader by Larry Bonfante (Hardcover - May 3, 2011)
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