What the Best CEOs Know : 7 Exceptional Leaders and Their Lessons for Transforming any Business

 
9780071382403: What the Best CEOs Know : 7 Exceptional Leaders and Their Lessons for Transforming any Business

Leadership lessons from the best--Gates, Welch, Dell, Gerstner, Kelleher, Grove, and Walton

What are the traits, tactics, and strategies of the business world's most transformative leaders . . . and what can the rest of us learn from them? In What the Best CEOs Know, leadership authority Jeffrey Krames examines the careers of seven of history's most accomplished CEOs--including in-depth interviews with Michael Dell, Lou Gerstner, and Herb Kelleher--to get candid answers to many of today's most compelling business questions.

The result is a blueprint-like framework that instructs as well as it informs, and provides managers with the firsthand secrets of leadership giants. Proven learning tools--from cases and lesson summaries to selfassessment exercises--reinforce the book's methods and key ideas. Each chapter of What the Best CEOs Know provides innovative features including:

  • Assess Your CEO Quotient
  • Leadership Lessons of the CEO
  • What would Jack Welch et al. do?

A host of well-known and bestselling books have detailed the success formulas of specific CEOs. But until now, no single book has compiled the strategies of several CEOs--let alone the world's most well-known business leaders--into a handbook for achieving breakthrough corporate stewardship. What the Best CEOs Know does exactly that, combining the wisdom, strategies, and tactics of today's most accomplished CEOs into one powerful and one-of-a-kind business resource.

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Leadership Strategies and Secrets of Seven Extraordinarily Successful CEOs

What the Best CEOs Know looks at the careers of this generation's top CEOs, examining the beliefs and actions that propelled each to the top of the corporate world. By exploring what they did, why they did it, and what might have happened had they done it differently, this remarkable book turns the wisdom, strategies, and tactics of these business-world icons into a step-by-step handbook for the pursuit and achievement of breakthrough corporate leadership--at any level, in any industry.

Praise for What the Best CEOs Know:

"For those without the time to keep up with the flood of CEO biographies, this is the thinking man's encapsulated summary.  Krames distills the core insights from the elite of business leadership in our time.  He captures the powerful insights rather than the conventional wisdom, and he simplifies without dumbing down. But most of all, he presents a provocative, engaging read that will stretch the thinking of any practicing manager."--Christopher Bartlett, Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Business

"By capturing the unique traits and strategies of these seven leaders, Krames gives aspiring CEOs a valuable blueprint for success in an increasingly tough global market."--Klaus Kleinfeld, President & CEO, Siemens Corporation

Michael Dell ... Bill Gates ... Lou Gerstner ... Andy Grove ... Herb Kelleher ... Sam Walton ... Jack Welch ...

What the Best CEOs Know goes beyond theory and guesswork to look at how seven contemporary business icons carved their own paths to the pinnacles of corporate achievement. This no-nonsense guide isolates and examines the specific skills and styles that contributed to each CEO's well-documented achievements. Its straightforward, sometimes startling, but always battle-tested guidelines for achievement include:

  • How Bill Gates trusted the instincts of his employees and successfully transformed Microsoft into a leading Web driver and innovator
  • How Andy Grove fostered awareness in his troops--what he calls paranoia--to sense threats and turn them to Intel's competitive advantage
  • How Michael Dell created a computer juggernaut by placing customers at the epicenter of his enterprise
  • How Jack Welch created a learning infrastructure, aligning rewards with results to make GE an organization that harnessed the ideas and intellect of every employee
  • Herb Kelleher's rules for creating an exceptional small company culture, even as Southwest grew to more than 30,000 employees

Along with subject interviews and expert analyses, What the Best CEOs Know features interactive What Would (the CEO) Do? case studies, Assessing Your CEO Quotient self-tests, and other innovative features to help you apply these traits and strategies to your own career. Contributions from CEOs and leading business theorists, including Philip Kotler, examine the CEOs from different viewpoints and add insights to particular concepts. Each chapter concludes with additional suggestions for adapting and implementing industry-specific ideas to improve your own organization.

Bestselling business author Jeffrey Krames is renowned for identifying the essence of leadership and communicating it in terms that are easy to both understand and apply. In What the Best CEOs Know, he reveals the defining traits, strategies, and accomplishments of today's captains of corporate innovation--and delivers a vastly entertaining yet comprehensively researched framework for breakthrough success in virtually any industry or environment.

About the Author:

Jeffrey A. Krames is a vice president and publisher at McGraw-Hill, and has two decades of experience in business and financial publishing. He is the bestselling author of The Rumsfeld Way and The Jack Welch Lexicon of Leadership.

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