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- Print Length: 144 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933750650
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pacelli Publishing (November 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077CF2YFT
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Six-Word Lessons to Think Like a Modern-Day CIO: 100 Lessons CIOs and Tech Leaders Must Embrace to Drive Business Velocity (The Six-Word Lessons Series) Kindle Edition
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The revolutionary aspects of this book are simply that it’s not revolutionary in concept, only in its sheer honesty of experience. Absent are many of the buzzwords and phrases (in case, like me, you enjoy playing a rousing game of ‘buzzword bingo.’ It also works as a drinking game for the uninitiated…) and instead the points are clearly made, with the concepts supported by the opinions and lessons lived. This is not a Microsoft-centric book, even though the emphasis of the lessons are from Jim's learnings while in various chairs within the organization. These lessons apply...everywhere. And by being absent of the many platitudes and empty phrases other books rely on to sell copy or create shadowboxes for catchphrase, this emphasizes the commonality in struggle we all have, and does so from someone who's lived the mistakes and made the adjustments.
Culture. Process. Security. People. These are not Microsoft-specific areas for focus. These apply broadly across IT, and even more beyond tech if one takes a look. The actual industry matters little. The core challenges exist whether you work in retail, apparel, manufacturing, or tech. As Jim says in the book he starts with culture to set up the ultimate discussion on people; we should all pay attention to that message in how we approach driving - ultimately - seismic change within our own organizations. This is not a snowflake book. "But in my industry we're different..." No. No you're not. We all have the same problems, and with this guidebook we have someone who has articulated a series of thoughts to shift a mindset for the better.
I spent most of my time nodding my head, muttering, "see? I knew I'm not crazy" and "exactly how I perceive that to work." When I put the book down, the smug satisfaction of feeling that long-held opinions were validated by someone I respect were shifted to the question, "so....how can I change my approach to be more effective?" I feel like Jim has given me homework, and I'm not even enrolled in his class. But good leaders teach, and they teach even outside of classroom hours.
This book should make you uncomfortable as much as it should inspire you. Inspire how? To be, simply put, better. The discomfort should be forcing oneself to look at the areas where you may not be fostering positive growth, or be "part of the problem, not the solution." This can sometimes seem insurmountable because we can change only what we can change. The guidance on culture is appropriate here; drive what you can, let positivity become infectious to where it can no longer be ignored. And if in your own particular organization you end up finding that there's too much resistance to the right kind of change? Then you can evaluate for yourself whether or not you can invest any more time or effort in an org that fights the idea of progress. This book doesn't offer you guidance there, and it shouldn't - that's an individual choice we all should make.
I'm going to share my book with people in our org. But they can't have it. It's mine. They can get their own.