In my first blog post I shared with you my intention to write a book on Machiavellian politics and strategies for CIOs. As many of you know, I have few boundaries regarding what I will say, so some may believe this book project to be ill-advised. I am guaranteed to create headaches for our editorial team whom I will thank in advance for their patience and indulgence.
I also want to thank all of you who were generous enough to take the time to weigh in on the title of the new book. Quite a number of you cast votes and wrote in comments that were enormously helpful. You came up with choices that were more creative than any I could have come up with, and in many cases much more sinister. Special kudos to those you who went in the extremely sinister direction by the way…folks after my own heart! I couldn’t post most of the truly extreme titles to this blog (the editorial team is already stressed out), but they were highly entertaining and I’m pretty sure the title of a potential sequel is in there somewhere…
As a reminder, the two titles we asked you to vote and comment on were –
The Machiavellian CIO: A Radical Approach for Successful CIO Leadership
The Wolf in CIO’s Clothing: A Machiavellian Strategy for Conflict Management
Based on your votes and input, the final title is…
The Wolf in CIO’s Clothing: A Machiavellian Strategy for Successful IT Leadership
The title combines what you said you liked best, the Wolf imagery and the Machiavellian focus. And we added the broader view of “Successful IT Leadership” since, as a number of you pointed out, the content is intended to be useful for not only CIOs, but for aspiring CIOs and IT leaders at almost any level. I am very excited about the title and hope you are pleased with the result.
Your input has guided the development of my politics research over the years, so it seemed only fitting to me that it guide the title, and hopefully now, the cover of the book. The Gartner graphics team has been incredibly creative and done a phenomenal job of creating cover art. When they showed the art options to me, I was hoping there would be a clear and obvious winner. But I found it impossible to choose so hope I may please ask your opinion again. We’ve narrowed the many great options down to three great options which I hope you will like, and I invite your comments please. The options are:
Option One: This cover highlights the Wolf using a skillfully rendered mask, which symbolizes how CIOs must sometimes disguise the strategies, tactics and extreme behaviors they may need to call upon to succeed in the challenging world of leadership. The mask might also scare away potential enemies. Is this a mask you would aspire to wear?
Option Two: This cover features a CIO with a bright light cast upon him, which reveals a shadow in the form of a Wolf. In many ways this cover symbolizes the bright and sometimes harsh light of scrutiny often cast upon CIOs, and what they need to do to deal with it. Would you like to cast this shadow?
Option Three: This cover features the Wolf in digital form. It emphasizes that CIOs face special challenges that are sometimes unique to IT leaders. The Wolf has sharp, bright edges, as the CIO role often does. Dealing with the sharp edges often requires extreme approaches. Is this cover your Wolf avatar?
“The majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are even more influenced by the things that seem, than by those that are.”
So, how do the appearances of these Wolves seem to you?
I look forward to your comments on the covers. Thank you.
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