IT Management Slideshow: From Darwin to Jay-Z: Eight Leadership Insights to Inspire Any CIO

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-10-2011

"I'm not a businessman. Im a business, man."

&#151Jay-Z, rapper/actor/entrepreneur

The CIO Takeaway:

Think of yourself and your career as a corporation. Are you improving core strengths and assets? How are you establishing yourself as a brand?

The CIO Takeaway:

"An army everywhere is an army nowhere."

&#151Sun Tzu, military general/philosopher (Art of War)

"An army everywhere is an army nowhere."

The CIO Takeaway:

Don't spread your resources too thin or overwhelm your teams. Focus on core strengths and exploit opportunities accordingly.

The CIO Takeaway:

“Life is theater; everyone is an actor—some in the lead, some in the supporting cast.”

—Ryan Blair, entrepreneur

“Life is theater; everyone is an actor—some in the lead, some in the supporting cast.”

The CIO Takeaway:

A successful department is one where roles are clearly established and supported.

The CIO Takeaway:

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking down your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks ... ”

&#151Mark Twain, author

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking down your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks ... ”

"I'm not a businessman. Im a business, man." - Page 8

The CIO Takeaway: Encourage teams to tackle tough, massive projects by outlining them in incremental, compartmental stages.

“Don’t fear your competitor; they’ll never send you money. Fear your customer.”

&#151Jeff Bezos, founder/CEO, Amazon

“Don’t fear your competitor; they’ll never send you money. Fear your customer.”

The CIO Takeaway:

Lose your customers and you're finished. Think constantly about ways to best demonstrate your awareness and devotion to their needs.

The CIO Takeaway:

"Its not the strongest that survive ... Its those most responsive to change."

&#151Charles Darwin, scientist

"Its not the strongest that survive ... Its those most responsive to change."

The CIO Takeaway:

Agile companies thrive in today's rapidly shifting economy. What was dominant yesterday may be "done" tomorrow.

The CIO Takeaway:

“If you spend too much time polishing your image, you’ll tarnish your character.”

&#151Dale Brown, former basketball coach, LSU Tigers

“If you spend too much time polishing your image, you’ll tarnish your character.”

The CIO Takeaway:

Work on your reputation from within&#151focusing on rock-solid values&#151 and your image will take care of itself.

The CIO Takeaway:

"There is no finish line"

&#151Bob Goergen, entrepreneur

"There is no finish line"

The CIO Takeaway:

Success is about savoring the journey, and realizing that your career and personal growth are always works in progress.

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