Navigating This Book
Figure 1.2 outlines the alchemy principles as they relate to each chapter. Chapters 2 through 5 focus on the SALT of IT leadershipworking on self-alignment. This is an important starting place, and we encourage you to begin with these chapters. They provide a cornerstone for growing IT leadership competency.
Chapters 6 through 9 focus on the SULPHUR of IT leadershipworking with others. There may be chapters about competencies with which you already feel comfortable, and you may want to prioritize your time here. Remember, you can use the techniques, or teach them to your team.
Chapters 10 and 11 focus on the MERCURY of IT leadershipworking on creating a vision for your team, and helping them through the accelerating change and transition that defines the world today.
Chapter 12 focuses on creating your own Action Plan, helping you define concrete and measurable goals. As you read through the earlier chapters, you might mark the location of Chapter 12, and jot down your ideas as they occur to you. It might be a good idea to share your finished plan with someone else for reinforcement and accountability.
Chapter 13 details books, articles, journals, web sites, and other resources that will help you continue your journeyand tell you how you can share the details of your journey with us.