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What CIOs Read!

No one can argue with the tenet that reading is essential for self-development.  Yet many of us struggle with finding the time to devote to such an important endeavor.  

Amazon of course has made it easier for us to sample or even “try before we buy” with its invaluable “Send a Free Sample” button.  Give it a try and I promise you will be hooked!

But where should one start?  Which books are considered the building blocks of development for an established or emerging leader?

The National CIO Review, in our interviews with leading CIOs, has compiled a list of recommended books worth sharing.  But of course, we would love to hear your favorites as well.  Drop me a line at with any books that you think should be at the top of the list. And of course, don’t forget to check out our CIO Bookstore to find even more good reads!

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” 


Dave Finnegan, Chief Experience Officer for Orvis

Marty Smith, CIO for GreenSky

Bill Gates reading an assortment of suggested reads

Sarah Naqvi, Chief Information Officer for HMSHost

Jodi Eddy, SVP and Chief Information and Digital Officer for Boston Scientific

Gene Berry, Former CVP & CIO for One America

Beth O’Rorke, Former CIO for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Phil Crawford, Former CTO for Godiva

Calvin Rhodes, CIO for the State of Georgia

Tim Ryan, CIO for Aegis Sciences Corporation

Happy Reading!​

H. Michael Burgett, TNCR Contributing Writer
H. Michael Burgett, TNCR Contributing Writer
H. Michael Burgett has more than 30 years of experience in the technology sector. He is the founder of CIO Partners, a nationally recognized executive search firm with a niche in the technology sector specializing in top-level leadership engagements.
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