A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us.

—Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia

In the beginning, there was technology. The company’s technologists knew things that the rest of the enterprise didn’t. They needed a leader, one who could communicate with the laypeople and yet represent the geeks. The CIO role was created—some 35 years ago as I write these words.1 But the role was without form and void. It needed maturing and definition. It was not enough to say that the CIO was the geek ...

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