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Getting to the top table by letting go of the past
on 26 November 2008
Chris Potts is a brave author, his new book - fruITion: Creating the Ultimate Corporate Strategy for Information Technology is a novel written around the story of a CIO and his IT strategy. Notwithstanding the dryness of the subject matter, this is an encouraging tale of courage and growth.
fruITion tells the story of Ian, a CIO suddenly faced with a very different future when the Chief Executive rejects a carefully crafted IT strategy and "suggests" that Ian needs to make some serious changes, not only to the strategy but also to his own role within the organisation. And quickly.
Ian has only a fortnight to sort himself out so this very readable book moves swiftly through a sequence of meetings and reflections that begin the transformation of Ian from IT-centric boardroom bystander to key business player. His biggest challenge is letting go of the past - and letting go of the boxes.
For many years a large proportion of CIOs and directors have expressed their deep frustration at not being at the top table, or who feel that their management talents are overshadowed by the routine pressures of simply "keeping the lights on."
I recommend this book because it offers a much brighter future for any directors and managers trapped in the bowels of the business. Read fruITion and resolve to be braver.