CIO Leadership Lessons: 56 Things That Matter


Strategy is an engine-less car. The engine of any organization is its people empowered by a leader. So, work on an IT Strategy but if you want one that will work, read this list of pointers, provided by Tom Peters, to "create a “winning strategy” that is inherently sustainable." The first advice? Learn how to say "thank you." And then, measure the number of times you say it in a day!!

"I believe that the number one “strategic strength” of any organization is superiority in talent, execution and systemic relationships i.e., with everyone we come in contact with," says Tom Peters.

Increasingly, CIOs are falling into the trap other business leaders have lived in for decades - focus on strategy (or "strategery" if you are a Harvard MBA.). CIOs are being told to focus on "Business IT Alignment" or "IT Alignment" or "IT Strategy" or "Information Systems Planning" or ... and they are jumping on the bandwagon in droves. Good for you. However, it turns out that an inherently sustainable, winning strategy is one built on much more than a brilliant "strategy." People matter. Leadership - of people that is - matters the most.

Strategy is an engine-less car. The engine of any organization is its people empowered by a leader. So, work on an IT Strategy but if you want one that will work, read this list of pointers, provided by Tom Peters, to "create a “winning strategy” that is inherently sustainable." The first advice? Learn how to say "thank you." And then, measure the number of times you say it in a day!!

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