10 management must-reads for CIOs

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For CIOs, books on management can quickly become outdated as technology quickly develops and is introduced into the market, says David Wagner, executive editor of community and IT life at InformationWeek.

"If you browsed the CIO literature from just a few short years ago, it would feature tips on running the data center with the fewest costs possible," he writes in an InformationWeek post.

However, some "classic" books on IT offer evergreen lessons for those steering IT departments. He offers the following 10 books as must-reads for CIOs.

  1. "The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't" by Robert I. Sutton, PhD
  2. "The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers" by Ben Horowitz
  3. "Burning the Ships: Transforming Your Company's Culture Through Intellectual Property Strategy" by Marshall Phelps and David Kline
  4. "The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done" by Peter F. Drucker
  5. "The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford
  6. "The Un-Bossy Boss: 12 Powerful Questions to Make You a Great Manager" by Gary Magenta
  7. "The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership" by Martha Heller
  8. "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" by Clayton Christensen
  9. "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies" by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  10. "Makers: The New Industrial Revolution" by Chris Anderson

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