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CIO Wisdom: Best Practices from Silicon Valley's Leading IT Experts by Dean Lane

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Chapter 4. The Tao Perspective

by George Lin

In this chapter George Lin notes that nothing affects the success of a CIO and the strategic value of the IT organization more profoundly than the CIO's ability to lead and manage. For a fortunate few, this is a gift. Others develop this ability through careful observations of successful leaders while making leadership and management their highest priorities.

Tao means “the enlightened way.” Tao IT leadership is the enlightened way in which CIOs can enable business success through wisdom rather than brute force. Mr. Lin developed the concept of the Tao of IT Leaders to deal with challenging leadership, management, and alignment issues surrounding IT.

The Tao of IT Leaders is comprised of ...

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