Key take aways from the Gartner Symposium 2013

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Gartner Symposium 2013: The superhero of business politics

Source:  Cliff Saran

CIOs have to master power, manipulation and warfare, just like a superhero.

According to Gartner, CIOs should get comfortable using power and growing it, manipulating and sometimes dealing with issues of honesty and stealth or lack thereof and running disciplined warfare-like campaigns that use every weapon in their arsenal to get large groups of people on board.

"CIOs must become comfortable with the idea of power, gathering it, and using it wisely as it is an essential leadership tool," said Tina Nunno, vice president and Gartner fellow.

Just like Batman, "CIOs must resort to craft, subterfuge and more subtle tactics to achieve success, ideally without alerting their opponent," she added.

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