Give This Book to Your CEO: A Six-Step Approach to Business Alignment

With a title that heads straight for the heart of the CIO quest to be "managing IT as a business," you might think Mark Lutchen wrote this book with IT leaders in mind. But even though the CEO is the target of this clearly written, highly sensible book, any executive involved with IT can glean some great ideas from its pages.

Former CIO Lutchen, now a partner and practice leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, lays out his six-step "simple and radical" approach to business alignment. He believes IT organizations should be viewed as stand-alone business units that are "not about projects and processes, but about relationships, execution to plan, measurable outcomes and people/skills development." Every chapter ends with a detailed "What the CEO can do" list of specific ideas, preceded by multiple case studies and step-by-step explanations of IT and business concepts.

Once you've read this book, make sure to leave it on your CEO's desk.

(John Wiley & Sons, 256 pages, $34.95)

Maryfran Johnson, is the founding editor in chief of CIO Decisions. To comment on this story, email

This was first published in August 2005

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