5 business books CIOs have and must read

One of the most revealing questions posed in CIO’s regular Questionnaire is “Which business books have been influential in your career?”. The responses from the UK’s top CIOs are eclectic to say the least. Here are our top five:

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu: It is not known whether the author actually existed but this ancient book, believed to date back to 400 BC, suggests that he made his name as a general when, as a test, the king asked him to train a harem of hundreds of concubines. His tips for successful leadership include the ability to exploit others’ vulnerabilities, maintain a healthy suspicion of motives and act quickly — as well as the qualities of serenity, diplomacy, self-knowledge and diligence.

Classic quote: “Seizing the enemy without fighting is the most skilful way.”

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