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.