Quick before summer’s over: a reading list for IT leaders

  • The right books can help refresh your vision for your organization.

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Summer is that time of year when people take time off to recharge their mental batteries. It is also an opportunity to take a step back and think. As Oscar Wilde told us, “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

This summer reading list differs from others, since it is not just about books but about refreshing your vision of the future.

1. Dark Territory — The Secret History of Cyberwar

A book that I’ve recently read is Dark Territory — The Secret History of Cyberwar by Fred Kaplan.

The book examines some of the ways the United States government has responded to the ever-changing security environment that we live and work in. It provides insight into the debates, actions, and, in some cases, failures of the United States government’s security efforts.

Dark Territory is entertaining in its own way but also an education on the security concerns of large organizations.

2. Thinking, Fast and Slow

Another area crucially important to business leaders is understanding how people think, as well as how and why they react the way they do to events. The book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is full of stories, entertaining surprises, and value. It can change how you think about thinking, as well as how you work and live your life.

This summer break is also an opportunity to understand the emerging technologies that are cresting on the horizon. You can read one of the many books and stories about those, read an IT blog, or take an online course from one of the many Massive Open Online Courses (MOCCs) out there. Even if you don’t finish the course, you’ll still learn something along the way.

3. Ready Player One

These recommendations have been pretty serious up to this point, but everyone needs some fun and escapism, so I had to include the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

The story is based on the use of virtual reality and the possibilities of a global MMORPG that is so “real” it becomes the world for many. When the creator dies and leaves a winner-take-all puzzle, it disrupts both the real and virtual worlds.

This book may make you think differently about the possibilities of your work environment. Every person I have ever recommended this book to has called me up complaining because they just couldn’t put it down. Ready Player One is also scheduled to be released as a movie in 2018.

So, if you’re still planning a vacation, you’re probably going to need a hat, swimsuit, sunscreen, and something to read. Hopefully this post will help out a bit on that last part.

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