13 books recommended by the Navy Department:
David Wennergren, the Navy's chief information officer, has put together a list of recommended books for the Navy's information technology workforce. Here is a selection of what's on the list and why:
"Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done" by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan and Charles Burck. This book helps people understand how to deliver on the promise of IT.
"Leadership is an Art" by Max Dupree. Anything truly creative results in change, and if there is one thing that an institution finds difficult to handle, it is change.
"Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't" by Jim Collins. Executives who ignited transformation first got the right people on the bus — and the wrong people off — and then figured out where to drive it.
"DNA Leadership Through Goal-Driven Management" by James Ball. This book is a comprehensive guide and reference for setting and achieving goals.
"First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently" by Marcus Buckingham. Great managers share one common trait: They do not hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom.
"The Power of Story Telling" by Howard Gardner. A successful leader is a good storyteller. [tk cannot find]
"Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. This book presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.
"Leading Change" by John Kotter. This book provides a comprehensive eight-step framework that can be followed by executives at all levels.
"The Power of Alignment: How Great Companies Stay Centered and Accomplish Extraordinary Things" by George Labovitz and Victor Rosansky. Misaligned companies, like cars out of alignment, can develop serious problems if not corrected quickly.
"The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry" by Sue Annis Hammond. In every organization, something works and change can be managed through the identification of what works and the analysis of how to do more of what works.
"Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life" by Spencer Johnson. The message here is that all can come to see change as a blessing, if they understand the nature of it and the role it plays in their lives.
"The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow" by John Maxwell. 'Nuff said.
And finally, straight from the Navy's CIO team:
"The Power of Team — The Making of a CIO" by Dan Porter, Alex Bennett, Ron Turner and Dave Wennergren. This book, straight from the leaders of the Navy CIO organization, shares their experiences with and insights about constructing and implementing an agenda for the newly formed Chief Information Office. It serves as a reference for organizations that are charged with the responsibility of implementing IT, managing IT or leading change in an IT organization.