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The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership by Martha Heller

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The CIO Career Path Paradox

Sometimes, especially as my daughters move into their teens, I think back on my days in college. As I rummage through memories of keggers and coffee, courses and Kahlua, I worry that I could have done more. Did I make the most of every learning opportunity? Did I push myself as hard as I could have? Did I capitalize on my parents’ investment in those expensive four years? Or did I privilege partying over pedagogy one too many times? Would I be a better person if I had embraced every learning opportunity that college had to offer?

If we try hard, we can create an analogy here to the CIO role. CIOs are uniquely positioned to move into different chairs around the executive table, but only if they seize on the opportunities ...

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