CIO and SVP at WellCare Health Plans in Tampa, Fla.
Vacation plans: "Given that I've just started with WellCare, I'll probably take a 'staycation' and get to know the Tampa-St. Petersburg area where I now live. I have a lot to learn about the area, but it looks like a fun place. I'll also try to sneak in a short trip to Traverse City, Mich., this fall. I love that place."
Reading plans: The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value
by Richard Hunter and George Westerman (Amazon price). "In my opinion the CIO is managing the business of technology to solve business challenges. It requires critical thinking beyond managing the complex infrastructure and day-to-day demands."
Also, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. "I sent this book to my new team, and it has been a while since I've read it, so this will be a refresher for me." And Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker. "My friend bought me this book on trying to stay real and balanced in life. I find that I have many of the same beliefs as Tony Dungy."
And Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots by David Fisher. "I think O'Reilly's books and television series contain a great mixture of history and intrigue. He makes me think outside the context of my job and more about America and our place in the world."
Medium of choice: "When I choose something to read, I still like to turn the page manually. And I prefer hardbacks, so I can read them again in the future."
Top recommendation for techies: "You'll laugh at this one, but for the past several years I've introduced myself to my new teams by sharing a book that takes about five minutes to read from cover to cover. But in my opinion it leads to a great deal of conversation and provokes a great deal of thought with people in the IT industry. It's called The Dog Poop Initiative
by Kirk A Weisler (Amazon price). I've received great response by sharing this book with my teams, and I've found it's best if read aloud to the group (although it does create some interesting looks when you start this process).
Beyond that, I recommend The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey. To me, it's a staple in the IT delivery industry."