I'm a big proponent of the saying that knowledge is power. I spend alot of my time reading books and educating myself on what is going on in the IT industry and in business in general. I have a library full of books that range from Six Sigma for Dummies to Handbook of Financial Analysis, Forecasting, and Modeling. I have books that cover management, sales, and technical references like the Advanced Concepts guide for Citrix, Access Gateway Enterprise Edition 8.0 Admin guide, just to name a few. So to say that I'm a book worm, would be true. My industry colleague Jeff Muir from Citrix did a great series on Good to Great by Jim Collins.
I was reading some articles over at CIO Insight and I noticed the list of 15 must-read books for Spring. I have some of these and I can say that this is a pretty good list. There are some snoozers in there, but for the most part they are all good reads. As I talked about in a past post, one way for you to get from IT-Business alignment to IT-Business integration is to understand how the company makes money. One book that I will highly recommend is Financial Intelligence for IT Professionals; What you really need to know about the numbers.
Here is the list:
- Total Leadership
- Change the Way You Lead Change
- The No-Complaining Rule
- Talent on Demand
- Divide or Conquer
- The Business-Oriented CIO
- The New Age of Innovation
- Offshore Outsourcing of IT Work
- Invisible Engines
- IT Compliance and Controls
- The Game-Changer
- Operational Risk Management
- Financial Intelligence for IT Pros
Here you can read it from the source.