Truth From the Trenches passes on the hard-won leadership lessons that seven-time CIO Mark Settle gained over years of working in IT management. Settle describes the key constituencies that an IT leader needs to influence, seduce, leverage, and manage to be successful. His practical recommendations will allow readers to improve their organizational impact and accelerate their career advancement.
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I’ve watched Mark Settle interact with hundreds of IT leaders. He has an instinctive ability to put his finger on the people, process, and technology issues that undermine the credibility and derail the business impact of IT teams. This book really does contain truth from the trenches of everyday experience that can benefit leaders at all levels of an IT organization.
Adam Aarons, Chief Revenue Officer, Okta
Truth from the Trenches is a no-nonsense blueprint for building and managing effective IT teams. Mark’s experience as a seven-time CIO across multiple industries makes this a must-read for aspiring IT leaders.
Chad Moss, Vice President, Global Information Technology, IHS Markit
Too many IT leaders sabotage their personal reputations and limit their career opportunities by making many of the missteps that are humorously illustrated in Truth from the Trenches. Leaders who master the fundamental management practices described in this book will earn a seat at the table where strategic business initiatives are planned and implemented.
Lisa Jasper, Founder and Managing Partner, Thought Ensemble
Mark Settle has successfully incorporated emerging Silicon Valley technologies into the day-to-day operations of multiple enterprises. In doing so, he’s established himself as a trusted partner to venture capitalists and start-up entrepreneurs. It’s hard enough to manage a global IT team that keeps employees, customers, and partners happy. But injecting disruptive technologies into the internal operations of successful IT teams is a true art form. In this book, Mark gets to the root of how continuous innovation can become part of the intrinsic DNA of best-of-breed IT organizations.
Arif Janmohamed, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners.
It takes a lot more than technical skills to become an effective IT leader. I had the good fortune of working for Mark in the past and have personally benefited from many of the less obvious, but all too true career lessons presented in Truth from the Trenches. I only wish that Mark had written this book sooner!
Ash Brooks, Global CIO, LKQ Corporation
Mark Settle understands that successful IT leaders must be able to capture the imagination of many stakeholders both within and outside their organizations. Mark helps his readers understand how to unleash the potential in their teams and in themselves - by encouraging curiosity, articulating a clear vision, skillfully exerting influence, and enabling determination by giving individuals the freedom to try, fail, and learn in the process.
Trent Aulbaugh, Houston Office Leader, Egon Zehnder International