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Welcome to my blog. Please Vote on the Title of My New Book!

By Tina Nunno | July 03, 2013 | 13 Comments

Hello and welcome to my blog. I’ve been meaning to blog for quite some time, but as I’m first generation Italian-American, one of my primary concerns has been that you won’t be able to see me waving my hands as I’m talking to you, so I won’t make any sense. In addition, my writing style can best be described as “sarcastic stream of consciousness”, so it’s just a dangerous exercise any time I start typing. My ethnic background and research coverage areas (more on that in a moment) have led some Gartner clients to refer to me as,  “The Mafia Hit-Woman Analyst”. I used to be a bit mortified by that, but then I learned to embrace it since well, I resemble that remark and one must accept what one is.

One of the topics I work with clients on is the issue of organizational politics. See where the reputation comes from? It’s a topic we don’t talk about in polite company, but it creates very real issues for many of our clients. So I have gathered strategies, tactics and techniques and shared them with clients who are having political challenges. Thus the blog. I am trying to use my political powers for good by sharing them with others.

As you might imagine, the tactics I have learned are of no use to me whatsoever since everyone who knows me monitors me very carefully, and are wise to do so. So I have done presentations on politics for others, now the blog, and next, a book. I figure if I can no longer deploy these tactics on my own behalf, hopefully I can help others use them for their own benefit.

Many of you have shared your challenges and your stories, and been gracious enough to participate in my research on this subject. Some of you may be familiar with my more radical work on this subject, a series of presentations on the theme of “Machiavelli’s Guide to IT”. It draws upon the extreme advice of Niccolo Machiavelli to help CIOs in the sometimes extreme circumstances in which they find themselves.

After many years of research, I have now collected the Machiavelli presentations and work I have done on “CIO Power Politics” and the “Politics of Powerful Partnerships” and written a book. The book collects all of the most popular research and advice from the publications and presentations and puts it in one place.

It also features the “What Animal Are You?” CIO self-assessment. Machiavelli urged leaders to “think like an animal”. So I created a scale of 12 Machiavellian-inspired animals that best describe CIO approaches to power, manipulation, love, and warfare. The scale includes the Owl CIO, Lion CIO and Wolf CIO to name a few. Some of you who have attended my presentations have approached me afterwards and said, “I am a Fox, but I work for a Snake.” You know who you are!

The book is now almost done, and I would greatly appreciate your input into the title of the book.

We have narrowed the choices to two:

 The Machiavellian CIO: A Radical Approach for Successful CIO Leadership


The Wolf in CIO’s Clothing: A Machiavellian Strategy for Conflict Management

Please Vote Here and let me know which title you like better, and please feel free to submit a comment. As soon as we have a title, I will be back to share it with everyone.

Thank you for your help and I look forward to sharing more with you through this blog.

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  • Nate Angell says:


    I like those titles (I voted for #1), but was thinking something like “The IT Prince: Machiavellian Strategies for Today’s Technology Leaders” or something similar might be a good choice too.

    Also, have you read @anniemurphypaul’s posts on talking with your hands?


  • Tina Nunno says:

    Hello Nate,

    First of all, I love the fact that someone with name “Angell” likes the concept of a Machiavelli book. Outstanding.

    Thank you for voting and for your suggestion on the title. I will definitely add your ideas to our discussions.

    And I had not seen those posts on talking with your hands. I appreciate your sharing them with me and know I will enjoy them. You can’t see it, but I’m giving you a thumbs up!

    Many thanks!


  • Matt Selheimer says:


    Love the idea of asking for input from the wisdom of the crowd.

    Of the two titles, I prefer “The Machiavellian CIO: A Radical Approach for Successful CIO Leadership”. However, while catchy and likely to sell a lot of copies just based on the title, “Machiavellian” in the title may be limiting to the subject matter you cover based on the details you provide in your blog.

    Here are a few other ideas:
    – “The Social IT Contract: A Radical Approach for Achieving Political Leadership in IT” (a take off on the title of the famous work by Rousseau – all politics is social after all)
    – “Political Prince or Pauper: How CIOs Can Master Political Leadership”
    – “Taming the Political Leviathan in IT: A How-To Guide for CIOs (and aspiring CIOs)

    Good luck with the book and I look forward to reading it!


  • Tina Nunno says:


    Thank you very much for voting, and for all your great suggestions. I completely agree with your Rousseau inspired comment that all politics is social.

    One of my favorite quotes on politics is, “You know you have politics when you have more than one person in the room.” Any more than that, and it starts to get really complicated!

    Thank you again for participating in the naming of the book.



  • David Kenny says:

    I voted for #2. The prince would embrace the subtle, and alluding to the Wolf strokes a more ‘primal’ fear…

    En virtù e prudenza.

  • Lisah Maupin says:

    I am so excited for your book! These sessions have been my favorite at Symposium. If we are limited to the 2. I like the Machiavellian CIO: A Radical Approach…The other one sounds too negative. Plus, your strategies aren’t just about overt conflict management. They are successful ways to maneuver when you are in a rock and a hard place.

    I am not a CIO and I have learned from your sessions and see application in my role and personal life. 🙂

  • Lisah Maupin says:

    PS: I do like some of the other suggested titles. Like:
    The IT Prince: Machiavellian Strategies for Today’s Technology Leaders or Political Prince or Pauper: How CIOs Can Master Political Leadership

  • Tina Nunno says:


    Spoken like a true Chameleon! Which is a very good thing…

    Many thanks for your vote!



  • Tina Nunno says:


    Thank you so much for following the presenations over the years. I am very glad you have found them useful. I promise not to ask any questions about which techniques you have applied :o)

    It is very true though that many of the techniques I talk about in the book are about dealing with tough situations – between a rock and a hard place – that CIOs didn’t choose to be in. The situations found them and they have had little choice but to deal with them as best they could. Other techniques are about being proactive and preventing the tough situation from occuring.

    Thank you again for your feedback and all of your support. I greatly appreciate it!



  • Alan Hesketh says:


    I agree with Lisah’s comment that including conflict resolution is too negative and I don’t think it represents the full range of relationships that your research covers. But I do like the reference to the wolf in the title so have you considered a combination:

    “The Wolf in CIO’s Clothing: A Radical Approach for Successful CIO Leadership”


  • Tina Nunno says:


    Thank you very much for your vote and comments. Yes, we are absolutely considering mixing and matching the title and subtitle. This is a very possible option.

    We are also considering some possible rewording based on all of the very creative feedback we are receiving.

    I greatly appreciate your input.

    All the best,


  • Edgar Morrobert says:

    I vote #2.

  • Tina Nunno says:

    Thank you Edgar, greatly appreciated!