7 administration books each CIO should learn

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As with IT tools and resources, management skills and practices are constantly evolving. Unfortunately, many continue to rely on management philosophies and practices that were discarded and replaced many years ago as time-consuming IT executives struggle to keep up with a seemingly endless flurry of disruptive technologies.

Getting out of date management approaches and acquiring new skills requires openness and a willingness to embrace both new perspectives and practices that have stood the test of time. Here’s a look at seven management books CIOs should read to stay productive and relevant in an increasingly competitive IT and business environment.

1. Go on, by Daniel Pink

John Heveran, CIO, Global Risk Solutions at Liberty Mutual Insurance, agrees with Daniel Pink in Drive’s claim that many longstanding motivational lessons are, in fact, wrong, and often off-brand. “It offers a number of interesting stories and, most importantly, real experiments to back up its general premise that the way we thought about incentives and misdirected incentives is wrong,” explains Heveran.

The book suggests thinking about motivation in terms of autonomy, mastery, and purpose. “Apply this [lessons] The way tech teams organize and are encouraged is valuable, ”says Heveran. “This applies to a tech team or an agile cadre.”