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The Transformational CIO: Leadership and Innovation Strategies for IT Executives in a Rapidly Changing World [Kindle Edition]

Hunter Muller
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Book Description

The Transformational CIO is chock full of stimulating thought leadership and useful knowledge that will help you leverage new and existing technologies to create business value, generate more revenue, increase profits and improve customer relationships in rapidly changing global markets. This book is a practical guide for senior executives seeking optimal returns on technology investments, now and in the future.

Hot-button issues and essential topics covered in the book include:

  • Vision and Organization
  • Culture and Change
  • Partnering with the Business
  • The Art and Science of IT Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Cloud Computing
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Executive Career Development

The Transformational CIO features real-world stories and revealing anecdotes from CIOs and IT thought leaders at leading organizations as Disney, Kimberly-Clark, Kaiser Permanente, Dell, Flextronics, Wipro, Boston Scientific,, General Motors, Shell Oil, Pitney Bowes, IBM, Cisco, Siemens, Citigroup, Microsoft, CVS Caremark, Frontier Communications and the U.S. Tennis Association.

Written in straightforward business language, The Transformational CIO is a concise guide for staying ahead of the competition and seizing opportunities for success in a turbulent global economy.

Editorial Reviews


'...compelling reading for both CIOs and fellow executives who feel they should understand IT's transformational potential.' (I, Global Intelligence for the CIO, July 2011).

From the Inside Flap

Unlike the CIOs of the recent decade, the modern CIO must take an active hand in developing and guiding the multiple processes required to achieve the company's strategic goals. This represents a sharp break with the past, when the primary responsibility of IT was serving internal customers and responding to the expressed needs of business units operating within the traditional boundaries of the enterprise.

The Transformational CIO serves as a helpful guide for CIOs, IT leaders, and IT suppliers, covering many of the critical topics that concern IT executives struggling to manage successfully in today's rapidly changing markets. It introduces Muller's four-step model—define, build, lead, and change—revealing a simple, practical framework for developing transformational projects, rolling them out smoothly, and making them operational within the accelerated time frames that have become the norm in business today.

Intelligent and visionary, The Transformational CIO explores real-world situations in which IT leaders successfully managed the types of challenges and issues that, sooner or later, you are likely to confront in your career, with invaluable guidance on:

  • Partnering with your business

  • How to think like a CEO

  • Your first 30 days on the job—what you need to do

  • How to prepare for the next steps on your career path

  • Attracting and keeping superior talent

  • Enriching customer experience

In this truly quantum universe, the CIO's portfolio of responsibilities includes hundreds of duties. Some of these duties are abstract, some are concrete; some are obvious, others are subtle. The right book for today's CIO, The Transformational CIO helps you brace yourself for the coming changes and deal successfully with the challenges ahead.

Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OC075S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended, with enthusiasm. If you are the CIO of a growing enterprise, or an emerging leader in IT, this book will be more than extremely helpful. In fact, it might even be indispensable. Hunter Muller deals with critical IT management issues including the cloud, virtualization, outsourcing, in-sourcing, talent management, contract management, leadership and vision. The interviews with CIOs from so many top companies alone make this book worth buying. Muller really highlights how the changing role of technology has put the CIO front and center in the modern global corporation. This book captures the moment we're all in, and accurately presents the multiple challenges facing senior technology executives in today's hyper-fast economy. No question that The Transformational CIO is necessary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all C-levels! May 23, 2011
Hunter Muller's "The Transformational CIO" hits the ball out of the park in so many ways. The book takes the reader through a journey of how CIOs have responded to a drastically changing market place. The bottom line in reading this book is that CIOs no longer can afford to be "order takers" from business stakeholders. The Transformation CIO is characterized as a business leader who understands how technology can enable business value.

The book outlines the contrasts between demand driven technology and that of utility driven technology operations. As the cloud has introduced us to numerous alternatives to hosting and operating traditional technology assets, CIOs are provided the opportunity to properly engage with the business for true value realization.

Finally, Hunter Muller includes citations from highly successful CIOs who clearly are talking from life experiences versus from an academic viewpoint. This adds integrity to the book and to the concept of the "Transformational CIO" and why this needs a new breed of technology leaders.

Great technology and leadership management book. I fully recommend this to everyone who is in technology or who depends on technology as part of their business model.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial to a Fault December 24, 2012
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This was extremely disappointing with very lightweight, soft, high-level recommendations that are not aligned to the complex and challenging expectations that a modern CIO must meet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strategy and Thought Leadership for CIOs March 3, 2011
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"The Transformational CIO" is more than just a great book for top executives. It's a field manual for success in the rough and tumble world of modern IT management. Let's speak plainly: Innovation drives business. Technology drives innovation. Successful CIOs drive technology. The CIO must be a transformational leader to provide the business with the right mix of relevant technologies.

In today's wild economy, however, markets change quickly, and that means that the technology has to change quickly to keep pace. So the modern CIO has to stay ahead of both curves -- the business curve and the technology curve -- to stay relevant.

Hunter Muller's book presents a new model for CIO management strategy. The old CIO management model was: "Wait until the business asks me to do it." The new model is: "I have to figure out what the business needs before the business even know that it needs it." In other words, the CIO has to the leader, not the order taker. Successful CIOs grasp this leadership principle intuitively. They use their energy to help the business achieve success -- and they reap the rewards.

In addition to presenting a new model for CIO leadership in the global economy, the book also contains dozens of richly detailed stories told by A-list CIOs at major global corporations. These valuable first-person stories and anecdotes make the book worth buying. I can't think of another strategy management book with this level of detail. I found it highly useful, and I am recommending it to my friends. It's a great investment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Transformational CIO February 13, 2012
As technology changes, corporations must constantly relearn how to operate in a complex information environment. Chief information officers (CIOs) can make the difference between success and failure for their companies. Few know the world of CIOs better than IT executive Hunter Muller, who presents an impassioned - if pedestrianly written - manifesto on the importance of CIOs as agents of corporate transformational change. He interviewed numerous CIOs and thoroughly presents their opinions and some rare, real-world guidance. getAbstract recommends this thought-provoking book to CIOs and other IT professionals and suppliers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aspiring to be on Top
Worth every cent. You get prctical knowledge, which is what I was looking for. You can use this book to get to the top or stay on top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Have an Aspiration to Become a CIO Then This is an Excellent...
For the IT Executive who has not yet obtained the official title of CIO, this is an excellent read! It lets you gauge how the challenges you face compare to those of a CIO; giving... Read more
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Published on August 16, 2011 by J. McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any IT professional
"The Transformational CIO" is a must read for any IT professional in any industry. The scope and breadth of what is covered is exactly what is on the minds of IT leaders. Read more
Published on July 28, 2011 by Sheila Jordan, Vice President, Communication and Collaboration IT, Cisco Systems
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More About the Author

Hunter Muller is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the fastest growing provider of innovative thought leadership and networking events for CIOs and senior executives across the IT industry. He is a globally respected IT strategist and thought leader, with more than 20 years of experience in IT leadership and organization performance research and consulting. His concepts have been used successfully by corporations worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of the CIO/ IT leader and align strategy across the enterprise.

His focus over the past five years has been observing and documenting top transformational executives at leading organizations around the world. He has built an extensive network of senior IT leaders at companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Hilton Hotels, Cisco, Siemens, Red Hat,, Verizon, VMWare and many more. He is the author of "The Transformational CIO" (John Wiley & Sons, 2011). His next book, "The Transformational CIO: On Top of the Cloud," will be published by Wiley in 2012.

Hunter Muller is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), and serves as the chapter's Vice President of Programs.

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