I recently had forwarded to me a piece from Dimension Data. It was one of those marketing blurbs, highlighting their CTO. This is an excerpt:
So the bottom line of his comments are that a CIO's success has more to do with the business’ perceptions and expectations of IT, rather than the CIO type. It would be more appropriate to speak to this in terms of “types of organizations”, and recognize that the true CIO (type Z) knows how to manage with respect to his corporate culture, and has techniques to help companies move between the cultures.
Inherent in his analysis is that type C is best, while I would submit that there are companies that succeed (read: make a profit within the timeframe defined by the stakeholders) with all three types of companies. So to paraphrase:
The best CIOs have the skill
to accept the things they cannot change;
courage to change the things they can;
and wisdom to know the difference
That all said, given the context of the article I am reminded of a joke:
Did you know there are three kinds of people in the world? Those that can do math and those that can’t.