- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (16 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857885139
- ISBN-13: 978-1857885132
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Secrets of CEOs: 150 Global Chief Executives Lift the Lid on Business, Life and Leadership Hardcover – 16 Sep 2008
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A timely book in which leading chief execs share their wisdom and concerns about getting through the current rocky period. -- City A.M.
At the heart of their analysis lies a series of profound observations about corporate leadership and its evolution. -- Paul Myners, Management Today
Teams hold the key to a leader's success ... in a corporate world digging in for hard times, a little bit of fellowship might go a long way. -- Financial Times
This stimulating new book ... there is plenty of substance here to inform and inspire future bosses. Punchy case studies and pithy conclusions. -- Director
This stimulating new book ... there is plenty of substance here to inform and inspire future bosses. Punchy case studies and pithy conclusions.See all Product Description
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Andrew Cave, a British journalist, and Steve Tappin, an executive headhunter, have devised a "CEO Health Warning" for those who would be corporate kings: "Even if you succeed in this role, you may ultimately be forced to leave it prematurely. There is a high risk that while in the role you will have a limited life outside work and that the job will put tremendous strain on your health, happiness, and close family relationships and friendships." As the saying goes, if you want a friend, get a dog.
The book is full of great anecdotes. One (alas, unnamed) FTSE chief executive told Cave and Tappin that he used an actress once a month to teach him how to act out the chief-executive role. "I am a very shy individual," he reveals. "I would not naturally engage with people. It's just a management style I have developed over the years. We all put on a show. We are all actors and I have learnt to act. The actress comes in and coaches me in body language, presentation style, and public speaking. I am an introvert and introverts get drawn in. I don't need to have a high regard for friendships or closeness. I can retain my intellectual distance with people who work for me."
So why do the job, given it is so lonely and miserable? And why cling to it so hard? After all, rare is the chief executive who gives up the throne without a fight.Read more ›
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Famous chief executive officers (CEOs) have an aura of invincibility. But scandals and failures have engulfed many infamous CEOs who ultimately lost their powerful jobs. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2009 by Rolf Dobelli
I was pleasantly surprised my the versatility of this book both from the very wide array of CEO personal insights, projections on the future of business and practical tips for... Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2008 by Wordsworth