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The CIO Paradox

Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (192 ratings)

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Regardless of industry, most major companies are becoming technology companies. The successful management of information has become so critical to a company’s goals, that in many ways, now is the age of the CIO.

Yet IT executives are besieged by a host of contradictions: Bad technology can bring a company to its knees, but corporate boards rarely employ CIOs; CIOs must keep costs down at the very same time that they drive innovation. CIOs are focused on the future, while they are tethered by technology decisions made in the past.

These contradictions form what Martha Heller calls The CIO Paradox, a set of conflicting forces that are deeply embedded in governance, staffing, executive expectations, and even corporate culture. Heller, who has spent more than 12 years working with the CIO community, offers guidance to CIOs on how to attack, reverse, or neutralize the paradoxical elements of the CIO role. Through interviews with a wide array of successful CIOs, The CIO Paradox helps listeners level the playing field for IT success and get one step closer to bringing maximum value to their companies.

Gildan Media and Bibliomotion are proud to bring you another Bibliomotion Audiobook. Featuring exceptional content for today’s listener, these notable audiobooks contain the essential tools that can be applied to every facet of your life.

©2012 Martha Heller (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

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“In The CIO Paradox, Martha Heller has clearly articulated the many contradictions that permeate the CIO role. But more than that, she includes rich examples of how successful CIOs have managed to break through these contradictions. IT leadership is a balancing act, as Heller demonstrates in this entertaining and insightful book.” (Carol Zierhoffer, VP & Global CIO, Xerox)

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Must Read for anyone in IT

For anyone looking to gain a "place at the table" for IT and the relationship with the business customers. This book lays out great strategic tips and examples where IT has been successful in driving business objectives. If you lead any aspect in IT or strive for leadership positions, this book is a great place to start.

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Very good and relavant

I recently relistened to this book when taking a new director position. It was as good if not better the second time around.

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Solid insight into what it takes to be a great CIO

Would you listen to The CIO Paradox again? Why?

The story was great. However, the narration by Sean Pratt with his excessively long pregnant pauses between each and every sentence almost made me stop listening. If the book was not as great as it was I really would have stopped. Had to move it to 2X speed just to get his pauses to seem normal. I am literally going to check who is reading the book from now on to avoid this if possible.

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Not as expected

The first hour was ok, but it failed to be interesting. It wants to focus on the soft part of being a CIO, but I think it is interesting mainly for people who did not do any technical manager job so far.

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intriguing and well resonating

intriguing and well resonating depiction of IT and the Business relationships, which are often at odds though driving towards success of the company.

story telling doesn't offer the first person story telling of the likes of the Goal nor the lessons learned, hence might get less interested in following up

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Narration is so poor hard to really rate

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No emotion, no inflection, same pace, so mind numbing I could not listen anymore. I tried multiple times and gave up.

What did you take away from The CIO Paradox that you can apply to your work?

The business does not understand IT and never will, so get use to it. Chapter 1, what other chapters have to say I could not bear to even attempt it.

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  • 09-25-18

Why male narrator?

I was so pleased to see a good title in IT by a female author. Why a male narrator for a female author when there are so many good female narrators? I found the content good but the narration weird.

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Great read for any budding CIO

I found this book a great read, insightful and a very good summary the paradoxes and challenges a CIO faces, and practice advice and examples of how other CIOs have successfully overcome these.

I particularly like how the final chapter has a summary of the key points which will make a good reference to return to.

I have to say I also enjoyed the narrator, I found he was easy to understand and the narration

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