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Top 10 books to inspire CIOs and IT professionals in 2018

Do you love business and technology? These 10 books are good for people who is CIO or management/leadership position in tech field. These books are recommended by CIOs and IT professionals.

1. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today's dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. Give and Take illuminates what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton's highest-rated professor, examines the surprising forces tha shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom.

In professional interactions, it turns out that most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return. Using his own groundbreaking studies, Grant reveals that these styles have a dramatic impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries.

Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, this landmark book shows how one of America's best networkers developed his connections; why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity; how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner; and how we could have anticipated Enron's demise four years before the company collapsed--without ever looking at a single number.

2. Think Wrong: How to Conquer the Status Quo and Do Work That Matters

Over the years, we have partnered with some of the most radical, outrageous, experimental people in the world, and we've witnessed first hand the power of thinking wrong.

We've seen seemingly crazy ideas yield incredible results, and we have endeavored to study and understand the secrets and actions of those who successfully operate outside the predictable expectations of business and of culture. We began to see a connection in how these people behave and make decisions, in how they communicate their work, and in whom they deflect from the status quo.

Our gut told us something was going on here. Wrong Thinkers were able to overcome obstacles both in themselves and in the culture at large to achieve exceptional results. We have since identified important moments when, for the rest of us, the flame of possibility gets extinguished.

We have developed six Think Wrong Practices that simultaneously advance compelling solutions while defending them from attacks by well-meaning Right Thinkers.We also see tha conviction, determination, and persistence alone are not enough to escape the status quo, or those hell-bent to protect it. Thinking right already has its language and its tools; it's already got its best practices, defenses, and case studies. In the think-right world of brainstorming, focus groups, marketing surveys, number crunching, bottom -lines, and ROI-focused agendas, it's hard to defend something nebulous and new. Wrong thinkers need their own language, frameworks, tools, and techniques to counter the existing norms. This book is our attempt to arm you--and people everywhere--so you may conceive the inconceivable and bring along others to help implement your status-quo-busting solutions.

In the coming chapters, you'll learn about the six Think Wrong Practices that we have developed over the past two decades. These practices are particularly effective at key moments when right thinking tries to stop you.

3. Precision: Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things

You may not be sure why your coffee pot should talk to your toaster, but precision technology powering an Internet of Things has the potential to reshape the planet.

To help clarify, Dr. Timothy Chou has created Precision to introduce us to the basics of the Internet of Things (IoT) for the enterprise. The first part - Precision: Principles and Practices - introduces a vendor-neutral, acronym-free framework. Dr. Chou then discusses the framework's fundamental principles and these principles put into practice. The second part - Precision: Solutions - puts Dr. Chou's IoT framework into practice highlighting 12 real world solutions for manufacturers who are building precision machines and companies utilizing these machines to receive precision enhanced business outcomes.

Case studies discussed span a number of industries such as power, water, healthcare, transportation, oil & gas, construction, agriculture, gene sequencers and mining.

4. Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will

As technology races ahead, what will people do better than computers?

What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, identify faces, scurry helpfully around offices and factories, even perform some surgeries, all faster, more reliably, and less expensively than people?

It's easy to imagine a nightmare scenario in which computers simply take over most of the tasks that people now get paid to do. While we'll still need high-level decision makers and computer developers, those tasks won't keep most working-age people employed or allow their living standard to rise. The unavoidable question--will millions of people lose out, unable to best the machine?--is increasingly dominating business, education, economics, and policy.

The bestselling author of Talent Is Overrated explains how the skills the economy values are changing in historic ways. The abilities that will prove most essential to our success are no longer the technical, classroom-taught left-brain skills that economic advances have demanded from workers in the past. Instead, our greatest advantage lies in what we humans are most powerfully driven to do for and with one another, arising from our deepest, most essentially human abilities--empathy, creativity, social sensitivity, storytelling, humor, building relationships, and expressing ourselves with greater power than logic can ever achieve. This is how we create durable value that is not easily replicated by technology--because we're hardwired to want it from humans.

These high-value skills create tremendous competitive advantage--more devoted customers, stronger cultures, breakthrough ideas, and more effective teams. And while many of us regard these abilities as innate traits--"he's a real people person," "she's naturally creative"--it turns out they can all be developed. They're already being developed in a range of far-sighted organizations, such as:

* the Cleveland Clinic, which emphasizes empathy training of doctors and all employees to improve patient outcomes and lower medical costs;
* the U.S. Army, which has revolutionized its training to focus on human interaction, leading to stronger teams and greater success in real-world missions;
* Stanford Business School, which has overhauled its curriculum to teach interpersonal skills through human-to-human experiences.

As technology advances, we shouldn't focus on beating computers at what they do--we'll lose that contest. Instead, we must develop our most essential human abilities and teach our kids to value not just technology but also the richness of interpersonal experience. They will be the most valuable people in our world because of it. Colvin proves that to a far greater degree than most of us ever imagined, we already have what it takes to be great.

5. The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge (Harvard Business Review (Hardcover))

Companies can’t survive without innovating. But most put far more emphasis on generating Big Ideas than on executing them--turning ideas into actual breakthrough products, services, and process improvements.

That’s because "ideating” is energizing and glamorous. By contrast, execution seems like humdrum, behind-the-scenes dirty work. But without execution, Big Ideas go nowhere.

In The Other Side of Innovation, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble reveal how to execute an innovation initiative--whether a simple project or a grand, gutsy gamble.. Drawing on examples from innovators as diverse as Allstate, BMW, Timberland, and Nucor, the authors explain how to:

* Build the Right Team: Determine who’ll be on the team, where they’ll come from, how they’ll be organized, how much time they’ll devote to the project, and how they’ll navigate the delicate and conflict-rich partnership between innovation and ongoing operations.

* Manage a Disciplined Experiment: Decide how team members can quickly test their assumptions , translate results into new knowledge, and measure progress. Give innovation leaders a tough but fair performance evaluation.

Practical and provocative, this new book takes you step-by-step through the innovation execution process--so your Big Ideas deliver their full promise.

6. Zone to Win: Organizing to Compete in an Age of Disruption

Over the last 25 years, Geoffrey Moore has established himself as one of the most influential high-tech advisors in the world--once prompting Conan O'Brien to ask "Who is Geoffrey Moore and why is he more famous than me?"

Following up on the ferociously innovative ESCAPE VELOCITY, which served as the basis for Moore's consulting work to such companies as Salesforce, Microsoft, and Intel, ZONE TO WIN serves as the companion playbook for his landmark guide, offering a practical manual to address the challenge large enterprises face when they seek to add a new line of business to their established portfolio. Focused on spurring next-generation growth, guiding mergers and acquisitions, and embracing disruption and innovation, ZONE TO WIN is a high-powered tool for driving your company above and beyond its limitations, its definitions of success, and ultimately, its competitors.

Moore's classic bestseller, CROSSING THE CHASM, has sold more than one million copies by addressing the challenges faced by start-up companies. Now ZONE TO WIN is set to guide established enterprises through the same journey.

"For any company, regardless of size or industry, ZONE TO WIN is the playbook for succeeding in today's disruptive, connected, fast-paced business world." --Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce

"Once again Geoffrey Moore weighs in with a prescient examination of what it takes to win in today's competitive, disruptive business environment." --Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

"With this book, Geoffrey Moore continues to lead us all through ever-changing times...His work has changed the game of changing the game!" --Gary Kovacs, CEO, AVG

"ZONE TO WIN uses crystal-clear language to describe the management plays necessary to win in an ever-disrupting marketplace. Regardless of your level of management experience, you will find this book an invaluable tool for building long-term success for your business." --Lip-Bu Tan, President and CEO, Cadence Design Systems

7. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the epic New York Times bestselling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic national hero.

Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon—even Robert E. Lee—he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. In April 1862, however, he was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. But by June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future.

In his “magnificent Rebel Yell…S.C. Gwynne brings Jackson ferociously to life” (New York Newsday) in a swiftly vivid narrative that is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict among historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson’s private life and traces Jackson’s brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.

8. Essential Robert-Houdin

All the classic works of the great master of magic, Robert - Houdin, under one cover, lavishly illustrated with hundreds of beautiful prints, engravings, and photos. Robert - Houdin (1805 - 1871) revolutionized the art of magic with his incredible stage mysteries and lifelike automata, and he thankfully left a number of books recording his philosophy and techniques.
 
In Essential Robert - Houdin, youll find:
 
The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic:Considered one of the finest magic books ever, featuring coin sleights and effects; card techniques including palming, false shuffles, cuts, and stacked - deck work, with twenty card effects;
 
Cups and Balls methods and routines; stage effects including the the Linking Rings, and Robert - Houdins performance theories and essays on gimmicks, stagecraft, and psychology.
 
Card - Sharping Exposed:Robert - Houdins pioneering work on card handling, with dozens of card techniques and routines. The Secrets of Stage Conjuring: A dozen great stage pieces plus the inside techniques of Robert - Houdins theatre and optical theories.
 
The Memoirs of Robert - Houdin:The most complete version of Robert - Houdins wonderful autobiography ever published, with material previously omitted from earlier editions. You can now enjoy the complete work that Robert - Houdin envisioned.
 
The Priory:The unbelievable secrets of Robert - Houdins automated house, with remote - control gates and automatic timers. Plus selections from Robert - Houdins never - before - translated scientific writings, a complete bibliography, and full index. Pages 664 - HardboundOver 350 illustrations

9. The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics

What's happening in global politics, and is there a thread that ties it all together? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, in a stunning rebuke; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican Party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win election after election in countries like Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece.

John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to understand the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s and whose politics have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. The Populist Explosion is essential reading for anyone hoping to grasp a global political system that is only just beginning what will be a long-running and highly consequential readjustment.

Featured as one of "Six Books to Help Understand Trump's Win" by The New York Times
A Fareed Zakaria GPS Book of the Week: "An intelligent guide to a phenomenon by no means over." -- Fareed Zakaria, CNN
"Well-written and well-researched, powerfully argued and perfectly timed." -- The Economist
"Sharp and engaging." -- The Wall Street Journal

Named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Bloomberg
"Far and away the most incisive examination of the central development in contemporary politics: the rise of populism on both the right and the left. Superb."- Thomas Edsall, New York Times columnist

 

10. Outliers: The Story of Success

From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary?

In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined.

He reveals that it's as much about where we're from and what we do, as who we are - and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone.

Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique.

'Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain' Guardian

'Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon ... he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure' Observer

'He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius' The Times

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