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How to Become CEO: The Rules for Rising to the Top of Any Organization [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey J. Fox
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How to lead and succeed in business – the surprising secrets of success brought together in one book

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Vision, persistence, integrity, and respect for everyone in the workplace--these are all qualities of successful leaders. But Jeffrey J. Fox, the founder of a marketing consulting company, also gives these tips: never write a nasty memo, skip all office parties, and overpay your people. These are a few of his key ways to climb the corporate ladder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1031 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (1 Sep 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JJ9QZ3Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I had a hard time rating this book. I gave it a 5 for its dedication to Leigh Knowles, deceased chairman of Beaulieu Vineyards, a truly terrific guy and talented CEO. I gave it a 1 for having a misleading title. The book has little to do with becoming CEO. I gave it a 4 for generally useful advice about workplace do's and don'ts. I gave it an 7 for self promotion. I rounded that to a 4. Decide for yourself what rating to give this book.
I write an article for Chief Executive Magazine each year about the best practices of the most successful CEOs. As part of this work, I have met and interviewed hundreds of the most envied corporate leaders. The subject of how each became CEO and what the lessons are usually comes up. Based on their experiences, you would write a substantially different list than Mr. Fox has provided. Key elements would include learning to do important tasks that the company needs done that no one else is doing; having a great relationship with shareholders and the board of directors; having massive integrity that is frequently demonstrated to others; making and keeping your promises; and establishing an environment in which other people perform very effectively. There's a lot more. If you are interested in more, read my article in the May 1999 issue on The Helpful Habits of the CEO... -- click on the leadership file folder to find the article).
The second problem with this book is that Mr. Fox acknowledges that most CEOs in companies get their jobs by either starting or buying the company. He then goes on to provide no direct advice on how to do either one.
The third problem with the book is that it provides general advice rather than specific advice about you and your own organization. Many of the rules he describes will vary from company to company.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What you need to do to succeed 3 Jan 2001
Format:Hardcover
This book is written as a short guide to achieving CEO level with very short and to the point advice. I expected this book to be a longer in content than it actually is. However if you are a budding executive you will find some useful, rules for success in the competitive, octane fuelled world of business. It's filled with advice and a short description of such things as: think for one hour every day, never write a nasty memo, don't get buddy-buddy with your superiors, always take holidays, look sharp and be sharp and make allies of your peers' subordinates. Once you've read this then try the 'Psycology of Achievement' audio series by Brian Tracy. That should really get you moving on towards success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Should Be Retitled: How To Win Raises and Promotions May 7, 2000
I had a hard time rating this book. I gave it a 5 for its dedication to Leigh Knowles, deceased chairman of Beaulieu Vineyards, a truly terrific guy and CEO. I gave it a 1 for having a misleading title. The book has little to do with becoming CEO. I gave it a 4 for generally useful advice about workplace do's and don'ts. I gave it an 7 for marketing. I rounded that to a 4. Decide for yourself what rating to give this book.
I write an article for Chief Executive Magazine each year about the best practices of the most successful CEOs. As part of this work, I have met and interviewed hundreds of the most envied corporate leaders. The subject of how each became CEO and what the lessons are usually comes up. Based on their experiences, you would write a substantially different list than Mr. Fox has provided. Key elements would include learning to do important tasks that the company needs done that no one else is doing; having a great relationship with shareholders and the board of directors; having massive integrity that is frequently demonstrated to others; making and keeping your promises; and establishing an environment in which other people perform very effectively. There's a lot more. If you are interested in more, read my article in the May 1999 issue on The Helpful Habits of the CEO... -- click on the leadership file folder to find the article).
The second problem with this book is that Mr. Fox acknowledges that most CEOs in companies get their jobs by either starting or buying the company. He then goes on to provide no direct advice on how to do either one.
The third problem with the book is that it provides general advice rather than specific advice about you and your own organization.
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Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be very good! It is quick and easy to read. I finished it on one plane trip. It is motivating and presents its ideas in 75 tips. I passed it along as a "must read" to peers in an executive roundtable group. Although all 75 tips are great, I had my own top six favorites including: 1. Do not get discouraged by the idea killers. 2. Never panic or lose your temper. 3. Always take a vacation. 4. Do something hard and lonely. 5. Think for 1 hour a day. 6. Arrive 45 minutes early and leave 15 minutes late. The author's validity in compiling this list added to my satisfaction of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There are only 75 steps to (corporate) heaven! 6 April 1999
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Format:Hardcover
A little gem of a book. Very easy to read and full of interesting ideas. Unfortunately a bit American-centric and I am not sure about the reading list. Also this is based on past research. With all the changes happening as a result of the internet, are all these 75 'solutions' future proofed? Anyway the thoughts that grabbed me include: In business, money is the scoreboard. The more you make, the better you are doing. Jobs that do not get and keep customers are redundant. Your responsibility is to acquire that experience needed at the top of your industry. There are no barriers between anyone in the company and the customer. To know your customer is to know your future. Do something few others are willing to do. Make one good ally in your company every month. To run the company, you must be invited in. Elephants grow larger on the hormones of panic and deception. Creativity without implementation is irresponsibility. Demonstrate your ability to grow by adding one big new thing to your life every year. Practice being presidential all the time. Overinvest in people. Cynicism about one's own company is the hallmark of a loser. Success in projects is anticlimactic. Homework preordains it. "Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances." (Jefferson.) If you have ten seconds to make a decision, think for nine. Think for three hours, write for one. It does not matter who thought of the idea. What matters is who implemented it. Teach without preaching. Tight budgets promote creativity. Mistakes are milestones. They indicate action in new areas. Mistakes are the exhaust of active people. Your family must be an ally in your future plans. Goals beget goals. A spouse is either an important ally for a company or a virulent enemy. It is the manager that does more with less that is most needed by the company. Monthly reports are stupid. Idea killers help you work harder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars House-training For Managers
Obviously this book doesn't tell you how to become a CEO. That's just a catchy title. What Jeffrey J. Read more
Published 23 months ago by T. T. Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars Practical if a little superficial
Some good insights, and common sense advice that can be easily forgotten in the daily work routine. Some advice seemed a little dated for these times, and the book may need a... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2009 by Ms. V. Ozkaya
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview
This book provides a good general overview of what it takes to be a CEO. It's a path for us to use. I think it would stimulate good ideas for readers. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple is the best
Coming from an Asian culture, I found this book's approach similar to Zen. No details, but simple, clear, and deep suggestions are found in this book. Read more
Published on 16 July 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Trivial Advice in a Skinny Book
To become a CEO, I think you'll need more than what is in this book. There are some interesting tidbits here and there, but a CEO will not emerge once this book is read. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational in climbing into the role of a Corp. CEO.
These are important trueisms in decision making processes as you climb your way up the corporate ladder. Read more
Published on 20 May 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Easy to Read but Not enough "Depth"
Its a good book, it is simple and easy to read(almost point form). It gives you a general idea on how to plan your career but it doesn't have enough "depth", For the... Read more
Published on 18 May 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A Career Investment
Excellent book. Short and simple advice that is essential for anyone in any business. From Finance to the Arts, this book will help you become a dominant figure in any industry. Read more
Published on 14 April 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
There were some interesting tips in the book, but nothing you haven't heard before. Advice on how to disable a rival with one statement was lame. Save your money.
Published on 12 April 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars You can do better
I bought this book in a rush to have something to read on the plane. I am CEO of my company so I think I might have some insight into what it takes. Read more
Published on 11 April 1999
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