Recommended Reading For IT Leaders

A co-worker of mine (Rick Kierner) challenged me to read 24 books this past year. I completed the challenge with just a few days to spare in 2018. I ended up reading some great books that offered valuable perspective. Here’s a brief list of some of the books that I think other IT leaders might find interesting…

  • The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox – The Goal came highly recommended by a coworker of mine. It chronicles a fictional character’s struggle to save a factory in his home town. I found myself fully vested in the book’s main character as he looked to find balance in both his personal and professional lives. Despite the fact that the book focused on a manufacturing plant, a lot of the lessons learned applied to leading technology teams.
  • 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni – This book is a fictional account of a CEO that takes over a struggling technology company. The main character quickly finds out that they need to work through some core personnel issues if they are going to succeed. The book offers lots of practical advice on how to overcome dysfunction and build a high-performing team.
  • Phoenix Project by Gene Kim – I can’t say that everyone would be enthralled by a novel about an IT Operations leader struggling to stabilize his company’s core systems. However, I really enjoyed this book and found that it outlined a lot of great methodologies for streamlining and optimizing IT Infrastructure.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – I’ve read this book several times and always manage to learn something new. Despite being written in 1936, Dale Carnegie’s lessons still offer a lot of value today.

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