Laughing at the CIO: A Parable and Prescription for IT Leadership

Available in print from Information Today.

Available online as part of the Metatorial Services Information Leadership Series.

This is a book for people who want to care about information but don't entirely know how. I wrote it because I have met too many executives and other "information leaders" who say they care about information but aren't doing anything about it. Obviously someone named the "Chief Information Officer" ought to care about information. But even among the information chiefs, precious few actually take charge of information. Despite their title, they avoid information like the plague. Some redefine "information," to be just more data. Some consider information to be no more than a side show to the technology initiatives they really care about. Others hire staff with appropriate sounding titles such as "information architect," and "content manager" and then leave them to figure out what information is and what to do with it. This book helps information leaders lead. However, to appreciate what I have to say, you don't need to be a chief or even an executive; you just need to believe that information is power. And believing that information is power, you have to want to harness some of it for your organization.

Part of the Metatorial Services Information Leadership Series

In addition to Laughing at the CIO, we are proud to offer two additional eBooks on information leadership:

  • Leading Information Strategy. This eBook details the strategy process introduced in "Laughing at the CIO." To lead information, you must be able and willing to form simple propositions about what information should do for your organization. You must also be willing to reiterate your propositions over and over again. The book takes you step by step through a process that marries business goals with information needs to create a complete information strategy. You can use the strategy to spur consensus on initiatives and drive projects, set measurable success metrics and lead wi ht information. It includes a fully worked through example of a completed strategy, annotated with tips and ideas. More ...

  • Leading Information Departments. This eBook extends the leadership principles from "Laughing at the CIO" into the IT departments that implement systems. It helps you establish your leadership position in an IT group. It gives you a central but not time consuming role in IT projects. It also helps you establish your group as the holder of an enterprise information strategy and the final source on how that strategy apples to projects. This eBook helps you transform enterprise strategy into a systems strategy that delivers on enterprise goals. More ...

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