A few years back, I wrote an article for CIO on how to handle the blow-up meeting and create breakthroughs.\n\nNow almost three years later, I share one of my blow-up meeting moments in my new book, Digital Trailblazer: Essential Lessons to Jumpstart Transformation and Accelerate Your Technology Leadership.\n\nIn this short excerpt from the book, published with permission from Wiley, I show how these blow-up moments often happen when you least expect them:\n\nIn this story, I elected to respond to the blow-up moment by helping my colleagues realign our visions and open everyone\u2019s minds to alternative solutions. The blow-up exposed the executives\u2019 true feelings, and with just one supporter in the room, I got the program back on track. \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\n\n5 tips for beating the blow-up\n\nYou will have blow-ups and other awkward moments when driving digital transformations. Sometimes, people will react emotionally to the changes you\u2019re driving. Other times, they may be confronting your vision, strategy, or priorities and are trying to persuade others on a new course. You will also face detractors attempting to slow down or stop transformations.\n\nFollow these tips to steer blow-up moments toward productive outcomes, whether you are responding to a blow-up or creating one.\n\nMaking the most of mentoring\n\nDigital Trailblazer is full of stories about transformation experiences that CIOs can relate to, including addressing technical debt, leading P1 incident management bridge calls, handling transformation detractors, and answering questions at Board of Director meetings.\n\nI tell these stories because I believe every CIO must mentor aspiring leaders. This generation of digital trailblazers is hungry to drive transformation, innovation, and growth\u2014for their businesses, customers, and themselves. They are invested in developing their breadth and depth of skills, and CIOs should take advantage of that by helping them develop the confidence and experience to lead through transformational moments.