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Just perused The New CIO Leader: Setting the Agenda and Delivering Results, by industry experts Marianne Broadbent and Ellen Kitzis. Here’s a typical blurb from the back cover: “Taking time to read The New CIO Leader was the most valuable few hours I’ve spent looking after my career.”—CIO, Sainsbury.

I think it’s a fine book because it’s a fine book that evaluates the “missing 90 percent”—the part of the “staffer’s” job that’s not technical but involved with actually getting the work implemented and into the corporate culture, and using the work to enhance or even redirect the enterprise vision and strategy. But I also like it because, as you know, I think “the PSF/Professional Service Firm idea” is central to value added in the age of success based on creative intellectual capital. And this is one of the rare books on running a “PSF,” such as, in this case, the IS department. I wish there were dozens more like it for HR groups, Purchasing departments, R & D, etc.