IT Management Slideshow: CIO Fantasy League: 11 Coaches Who'd Be Great IT Leaders

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-26-2010

John Wooden

His "Pyramid of Success"&#151 focusing on industriousness, alertness, initiative, poise and other needed skills&#151 would provide a foundation for IT innovation and results.

John Wooden

John Wooden
Quote-worthy:

"Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all." (Wooden)

John Wooden<br/>Quote-worthy:

Vince Lombardi

Capable of leading diverse skillsets&#151 from the stoic Bart Starr to "work hard/play hard" types like Paul Hornung&#151 and molding them into one great team.

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi
Quote-worthy:

"Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." (Lombardi)

Vince Lombardi<br/>Quote-worthy:

Pat Summitt

Nothing could keep "Lady Vols" coach Summit&#151 who's won more than 1,000 games&#151 from getting maximum value out of her IT employees. Summitt didn't even allow going into labor stop her during a recruiting trip.

Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt
Quote-worthy:

"(Players) don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." (Summitt)

Pat Summitt<br/>Quote-worthy:

Bill Walsh

Arguably pro football's greatest offensive mind. Certainly, he'd cultivate many future "CIOs" under his tutelage, just as the real-life Walsh has mentored so many modern-day head coaches.

Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh
Quote-worthy:

"Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise. And nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment." (Walsh)

Bill Walsh<br/>Quote-worthy:

Joe Torre

He'd have a calming effect even during the worst of times, such as the current economic downturn. He'd instill a sense of loyalty among his IT teams by conveying trust in their abilities.

Joe Torre

Joe Torre
Quote-worthy:

"When we lost, I couldn't sleep at night. When we win, I can't sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better." (Torre)

Joe Torre<br/>Quote-worthy:

Phil Jackson

Jackson would encourage tech employees to think "outside their comfort zone" by providing to them philosophical books that may&#151 or may not&#151 have anything to do with IT. He'd also allow team members to work out problems on their own, without meddling.

Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson
Quote-worthy:

"In basketball&#151 as in life&#151 true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way." (Jackson)

Phil Jackson<br/>Quote-worthy:

Jim Valvano

His legendary sense of humor would be infectious in winning over employees. His team's performance would provide the substance behind the style.

Jim Valvano

Jim Valvano
Quote-worthy:

"No matter what business you're in, you can't run in place or it will pass you by." (Valvano)

Jim Valvano<br/>Quote-worthy:

Bill Belichick

Belichick would recruit IT not based upon talent, but character, intellect, work ethic and a unified vision. Then he'd create an atmosphere that allows talent to grow.

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick
Quote-worthy:

"It's more than about having the best players that we can have on the roster You have to be cognizant of the overall makeup of your team." (Belichick)

Bill Belichick<br/>Quote-worthy:

Pete Carroll

Carroll would make sure his IT teams pursued great innovation - he was college football's foremost offensive thinker for much of last decade. But, like Valvano, he'd make for a lively, fun office atmosphere.

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll
Quote-worthy:

"I can't ask the offense to score slower." (Carroll)

Pete Carroll<br/>Quote-worthy:

Pat Riley

He'd nimbly adapt his CIO "game plan" to shifts in business climates. Look at how he built championship "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers teams, then bruising winners in New York and Miami.

Pat Riley

Pat Riley
Quote-worthy:

"Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't, management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission." (Riley)

Pat Riley<br/>Quote-worthy:

Sean Payton

Payton would walk into workplace decimated by hard times, and turn it into a positive, winning operation. He's brought the New Orleans Saints back from years of failure - not to mention local devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

Sean Payton

Sean Payton
Quote-worthy:

"I think this area, this community, this region is tough, and our team better reflect that, too." (Payton)

Sean Payton<br/>Quote-worthy: