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The Secrets of CEOs: 150 Global Chief Executives Lift the Lid on Business, Life and Leadership Hardcover – 16 Sep 2008

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  • 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)

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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

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This stimulating new book ... there is plenty of substance here to inform and inspire future bosses. Punchy case studies and pithy conclusions.

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According to "The Secrets of CEOs", an entertaining and enlightening new book based on interviews with over 150 current and former chief executives from around the world, "being a CEO should be one of the best jobs in the world. It offers the chance to make a real difference. However, real life for most CEOs is tough and many are not enjoying it."

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.
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This is right up there with the best business books. There aren't many books that can claim insightful contributions from 150 leading CEOs. It's not theoretical but draws on their practical experiences of a whole range of topics including the internet, recruitment, organisation structure, leadership and strategy. Its a great read.
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I've always enjoyed reading Andrew Cave's articles in the Telegraph (apart from City Life, that is) with his profiles of chief execs being the best of a decent archive. That ability to explain what makes CEOs tick is readily apparent in this book, which is a manual for anybody with aspirations of getting to the top (or an entertaining read for those who merely enjoy watching others who do). Well worth having in your library.
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The indepth interviews that Andrew Cave and his associate Steve Tappin have drawn together leave you in no doubt that these 150 CEOs know more than the politicans about our current capital crunch, what a wonderful analysis of how to manage our present problems.
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