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In today’s hype-driven world, the words “visionary” and “thought leader” are overused and often applied without merit. But, once in a while you do meet someone who has actually earned this description. Marc Schiller is that person. His compelling programs are rich in content, insight and practical applications.

CIOs who are serious about quickly building a business-aligned strategy and who want to grow their people, would do well to try Marc’s methods. Once you are exposed to his fact-based, critical-path approach, it’s hard to go back to doing things “the old fashion way”.

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Dr. Charles Popper, former CIO, Merck

 

Rain Partner’s help in expressing our digital strategy, and in particular with regard to the digital experience of our stakeholder and the creation of a new operating model, has helped our organization transform itself, and each of these elements make up critical components of our IT vision and strategy.

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Ofer Zelmanovich, VP Global IT Operations

 

Marc’s workshops are engaging and entertaining, yet at the same time deadly serious and content rich. It’s like he’s packaged up 25 years of experience just for you.

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Todd Williamson, Vice President

 

…a phenomenal mentor, who raised my game, and quite literally changed the course of my career.

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Dave Harrington, Senior Program Manager and Consultant, T3 Worldwide

 

Marc’s rich background provides fuel and great inspiration for the creation of vision and ideas.

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Dr. Bernhard Spiegel, Global Vice President

When I presented the project you helped us with at our national sales meeting I was interrupted by applause three times.

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Douglas J. Koch, Director, Information Technology, MGK

 

I got more out of 45 minutes with Marc than I have from any of the strategic professional development programs I have attended in the last 18 months.

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Amy Wang, Executive Director, University of Michigan

 

… someone who deeply understands technology, yet who also grasps critical business imperatives. This combination is indeed scarce.

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Tony Calanca, Former Executive Vice President, Exhibitions

 

Marc’s creativity and insight is tightly coupled to the real-world needs… He translates vision into real value for clients.

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Adam Klaber, CEO, Performance Matters, LLC

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The 11 Secrets get to the heart of what matters most for success in IT. In today’s hyper-speed technology environment, IT managers need to accelerate their learning curve about what works and what doesn’t. The 11 Secrets can get you to success faster.

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Jonathan Reichental, PhD, CIO, City of Palo Alto

If you are an IT project manager or team leader that wants to advance and to avoid the stumbling blocks that trip up so many in this field, then read The 11 Secrets. Your journey to success will be faster and less stressful.

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Kate Bass, Former CIO, Valspar (Computerworld 100 Premier IT Leader)

 

I picked up The 11 Secrets to read on vacation thinking ‘Here we go with yet another IT book.’ I’m not sure who was more surprised at how much I enjoyed it, my kids or me. Suffice it to say, within a few pages I found myself underlining, dog-tagging, and highlighting key messages and thinking ‘this is definitely not the typical IT management book.’ The unique value of this book, and the system Marc presents, is the tangible road map it provides for aspiring professionals and managers to follow in order to succeed in this demanding field.

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Lori Beer, Managing Director Global Technology, JPMorgan Chase

 

Marc provides a literal road map to success as an IT leader. The 11 Secrets is filled with content that you think you may know but when you read it you will find a refreshingly challenging new approach to solving the critical challenges IT leaders face today. It didn’t just get me thinking, it got me to quickly take some important steps to raise my group’s game one notch higher.

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Shaun Braun, Vice President, Group Information Officer

 

The 11 Secrets of Highly Influential IT Leaders is a must read for anyone who aspires to be a respected, trusted, and listened-to leader in IT. Marc provides practical step by step advice borne from a career spent counseling IT professionals.

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Paul Papas, Global Smart Commerce Leader

 

What makes this book stand out as a particularly valuable resource for IT managers and leaders are the many real-life, no punches pulled examples that fill the pages. It’s these real-world experiences that bring the concepts to life and provide an anchor for really learning from them.

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Andrew Kelemen, Senior IT Executive – Chief Technologist, Atos

 

There are plenty of IT management books that talk in generalities. What makes The 11 Secrets stand out is the very tangible and practical method it presents. In particular, Marc delivers on the most important (and usually the most difficult) task for IT managers, i.e., how to build effective relationships with business stakeholders.

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Ken Corless, Principal, Deloitte Consulting

 

Inspiring. I threw The 11 Secrets into my bag heading out on vacation, not really expecting to get to it. I ended up reading it cover to cover— even fighting off much-needed sleep on the plane to soak up every last page.

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Jessica Carroll, Service Operations Executive, Alliant Technologies

 

The 11 Secrets are especially valuable for wrestling with the problem of how to effectively market IT to your stakeholder community. Phenomenally insightful; this is EQ for IT leaders. Whether for strategic decision making or guiding day-to-day operations, I’m already putting it to work.

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Jim Korcykoski, Enterprise Chief Technology Officer, Nationwide Insurance

 

This book will take you on a journey that will not only validate and make sense of your experiences of the past, but will lay out a path for you to achieve your career goals of the future. Extremely relevant for aspiring IT managers and professionals. I plan to give a copy to all of my direct reports.

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Joe AbiDaoud, CIO, HudBay Minerals Inc. (Computerworld 100 Premier IT Leader)

 

If you are an IT leader working to have demonstrable impact with your business partners, this book is a great handbook. It will provide you with the skills you need to succeed.

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Greg Valdez, Former CIO, CA Technologies

 

By far the best IT-related content I have read in a long, long time; presented in a simple, lucid and effective style.

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M. Mukherjee, General Manager IT, ArcelorMIttal UAE

 

Building the right skills in senior IT managers is an important job for the CIO. This road map provides a clear set of steps for building those skills and achieving the influence IT leaders need to be effective with their stakeholders.

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Dan Rainey, CIO/Information Technology Director, City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

 

This book addresses one of the most important root causes of success or failure for IT professionals: the ability to influence peers, customers, stakeholders, and executives in IT-related matters. Whether you are a CIO today, hoping to be one tomorrow, or just want to do great work in our field, you will find this book to be a very valuable resource.

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Edward D. Ricks, Senior VP and CIO, Beaufort Memorial Hospital

 

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