Publisher: Prentice Hall, 2008, 150 pages
CEO reveals the secrets of the corner office.
You've probably wondered what it's like to be one of the headline-leading CEOs. But most of us don't have any real idea what the job actually involves. What makes a great CEO? What do CEOs actually do all the time? What do real CEOs think? How do you land the top job?
Who better than Kevin Kelly, CEO of one of the world's best-known executive search firms, Heidrick & Struggles, to answer these questions and to give you the insider's view on what it's really like at the top? CEO opens the door of the corner office and lets you eavesdrop on conversations with some of the world's top CEOs. It reveals the common issues that preoccupy every CEO: the people issues; the communication issues; the complexities of satisfying all your stakeholders; adapting to change; finding time for a life outside work; working effectively. And what makes it such a fascinating read is that it explores these themes through the author's own personal reflections and through his conversations with CEOs from some of the world's leading companies. From the revealing but exhausting 'A Day in the Life of a CEO' to discussions of working with the board , this is a book that will keep you enthralled from start to finish.
If you've ever wondered what it takes to succeed in the top job, now's your chance.
Yet another one…
Yet another book that reiterates the old advice that the most important parts of being a CEO is People & Communications! This is a book that promises you insights, but unfortunately, it fails to deliver them, even though the author claims to have read a vast number of his competitors. Yet he manages to deliver a Yet-Another-Book of becoming CEO. The most disappointing aspect is that the author in theory should have an impressive research-base (being a long-timer in head-hunting), but he fails to deliver anything, except the usual stuff.
In the books defense, he manages to put some spark into chapter 10, but that can't compensate for the rest of the book.