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What are the top books that IT leaders are reading in 2021?

Leadership

October 11, 2021
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We asked top IT leaders in Pulse what books IT leaders should read. Here are some of their top recommendations for 2021.

We asked top IT leaders in the Pulse executive community what books IT leaders should be reading. Here are five of their top recommendations for 2021.

1. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni is a leadership handbook that covers practical advice on how organizational health and culture can be a competitive advantage. The book outlines how a leadership team can develop cohesion in vision, mission, goals, strategy, and objectives through developing trust, effective communication, and establishing clarity.

2. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, George Spafford, and Kevin Behr is a novel about a fictitious company's new IT initiative that runs late and over budget. The story teaches a lesson on why it's important for companies to prioritize security and eliminate traditional silos between development and operations teams and how to do so.

3. Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, faculty members at the MIT Sloan School of Management, provides a primer on the transformational technologies that will transform our world. The book is broken into three parts: (1) machine, which includes developments in artificial intelligence; (2) platform, which discusses the economics of platforms like Uber and Facebook; and (3) crowd, which covers decentralized networks such as blockchain.

4. Although Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson was written in 1998, IT leaders find the short book helpful in dealing with unexpected change change and adapting. One IT leader shared that this book was very helpful with adjusting to the pandemic and that he’d "recommend it regardless of the department they were in.”

5. Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity by Kim Scott, author of New York Times bestseller Radical Candor, provides guidance on how to recognize workplace injustice and take proactive steps to transform organizations to be more inclusive.


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