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December 03, 2013
CIO Holiday Reading List

What are leading CIOs reading this holiday season? We asked our Enterprisers Editorial Board for some of the titles they enjoyed most in 2013, and the answers ranged from the interesting (Automate This) to the unexpected (Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power) .

Conscious Capitalism

by John Mackey

Recommended by Merv Tarde , CIO, Interstate Batteries

" This year the best book I read was Conscious Capitalism. The book looks at capitalism in a different way. Companies define their Purpose and Core Values to determine what they’re going to do to drive their company’s growth."

Inside Apple

by Adam Lashinsky

Recommended by Cliff Tamplin , VP of Technology Support & Risk Management, Hyatt Corporation

"It’s all about the philosophy of Apple, how a large corporation can be successful, and how Jobs stamped his personal philosophy on the company."

Automate This

by Christopher Steiner

Recommended by Tim Elkins, EVP, CIO, PrimeLending

"The best book I read this year was Automate This by Christopher Steiner. It is an insightful read on how many things in today’s world are automated and the average user/consumer is not even aware. It was very inspiring and motivated me to look in areas I had never thought of before for automation opportunities."


by Jeff Stibel

Recommended by Aaron Stibel, EVP Technology, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp

"Besides having been written by my brother, it should be required reading by anyone in the Internet space. Using easy-to-follow and sometimes humorous analogies in biology and nature, it is a shocking wake up call to social networks and other land grab businesses as to the effects of hyper growth and knowing how best to react to all points on that growth curve."

The Signal and the Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t

by Nate Silver

Recommended by Lee Congdon, CIO, Red Hat

"One can’t focus on data that tell us how we would like the world to be, one must focus on the data that describe the world as it is. As we have more and more data to analyze, we must avoid the trap of assuming false positives are real. These and many other insights make this book an excellent perspective on why predictions are so hard to get right."

Thomas Jefferson

The Art of Power

by Jon Meacham

Recommended by Lee Congdon, CIO, Red Hat

"A thoughtful and entertaining biography of the great man. Jefferson’s understanding of how people are motivated and how to use that knowledge led him to greatness. His passion for family, books, his home, science, and Paris are evident throughout. It is fascinating to compare and contrast today’s political climate to the climate in Jefferson’s time."

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