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11 Best Business Books for CIOs in 2011

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-16-2010

11 Best Business Books for CIOs in 2011

Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile LeadersBy Jurgen AppeloPearson/Addison-Wesley Professional/Available Dec. 30For too long, managers have ignored the "agile" software movement. But not anymore. This book explains why - and how.

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The Elements of Power: Lessons on Leadership and InfluenceBy Terry R. BaconAMACOM/Available in January Bacon explains why people obtain, use - and lose - power, providing a framework for CIOs and other managers to self-assess and understand how power works within their organizations.

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Leadership, Teamwork, and Trust: Building a Competitive Software CapabilityBy Watts S. Humphrey and James W. OverPearson/Addison-Wesley Professional/Available Jan. 7The authors illustrate how knowledge work is critical to the success of modern organizations. CIOs and other leaders will learn know how to transform knowledge work into competitive advantage to reap the rewards.

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Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your PeopleBy Ned HallowellHarvard Business Review Press/Available Jan. 13Psychiatrist and ADD expert Edward Hallowell combines new research into "brain science" with performance-management theories. The result is a blueprint for leaders to get the best from their teams and their people.

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As One: Individual Action, Collective PowerBy Mehrdad Baghai & James QuigleyPortfolio/Available in FebruaryQuigley, who is CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and his co-author Baghai contend that there are alternatives to the traditional styles of "command-and-control" and "collective" leadership. This guide to alternative management models can help you find the right fit for your teams.

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Jumping the S-Curve: How to Beat the Growth Cycle, Get on Top, and Stay ThereBy Paul F. Nunes and Tim BreeneHarvard Business Review Press/Available Feb. 24Two Accenture execs use examples from Apple and top-performing organizations to explain how to get ahead of business curves - and dominate them.

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Breaking AwayBy Jane Stevenson & Bilal KaarfaraniMcGraw-Hill/Available in MarchThis book is a how-to guide on inspiring a culture of innovation within your workplace. Among other topic points, the book explains how great ideas often come from failure.

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Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough IdeasBy Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. CoynevHarperBusiness/Available March 1Brainstorming doesn't work, according to these former McKinsey consultants. Instead, idea-generation needs to be properly steered for the most productive outcomes.

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Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade and Triumph with the Hidden Power of StoryBy Peter GuberCrown/Available March 1CIOs and other leaders need to boost their storytelling power to get needed results, according to Guber, who is chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group.

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Fully Charged: How Great Leaders Boost Their Organization's Energy and Ignite High PerformanceBy Heike Bruch and Bernd VogelHarvard Business Review Press/Available March 10Just one team member's negative energy can impact an entire organization. Fully Charged reveals strategies to help leaders shift their companies into a state of high, positive energy in which everyone is emotionally engaged, mentally alert, and working productively toward critical goals.

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Managers, Can You Hear Me Now?By Denny F. StriglMcGraw-Hill/Available in AprilRetired President/COO of Verizon Communications, Strigl elaborates on the leadership traits that served him best during a 20-year tenure in which he transformed the company from a regional carrier into a powerhouse of U.S. wireless telecommunications.