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The Secrets of CEOs: 150 Global Chief Executives Lift the Lid on Business, Life and Leadership
Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave
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Format: Hardcover, 256pp.
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Pub. Date: October 1, 2008
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What is it really like to be a CEO? In this fascinating and authoritative book, 150 of the world’s top chief executives lift the lid on business, life and leadership – and talk about the health warning that goes with the job. They share their advice for getting to the top and, once there, how to be a successful leader and still have a happy life.
The Secrets of CEOs reveals frank discussions with some of the West’s most influential CEOs, such as Tesco’s Sir Terry Leahy, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP Group, former BP chief executive Lord Browne and Ben Verwaayen, formerly of BT. It also incorporates radical and thought-provoking comments from the heads of new corporate champions of India like Infosys, Tata and Wipro, leading Chinese and Russian companies such as Lenovo and Severstal, and US corporate giants including Google, Dell and News Corporation.
Discover what it’s really like to be a top CEO, what motivates and drives the world’s top business leaders, how they really lead their businesses, the leadership skills and experience that you need to succeed in the new world of work, and how businesses and leaders are going to have to evolve in the future.
Being a CEO should be one of the best jobs in the world, offering the chance to make a real difference. But real life for most CEOs is tough and many are finding it very demanding. Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave have interviewed over 150 of the world’s leading CEOs at length to discover their thoughts on the reality of leadership, life and business.
The Secrets of CEOs gives fascinating insights into where today’s top leaders have come from and what motivates and drives them, as well as the best kind of apprenticeship to become a global leader. It also explores the secrets of dealing successfully with the five facts of life that will be critical to business success in the coming decade:
• Profiting from hard globalization
• Decoding sustainability
• Surfing the third wave of the web
• Coping with a capital crunch
• Waging the first world war for talent
How do chief executives really run their businesses? How do they need to change to ensure that their companies are successful and sustainable in the 21st century? And is it possible to have career success and a happy personal life? Discover the answers to these questions and much more in this provocative and stimulating book.
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About the Authors
Steve Tappin is a Managing Partner in the Global CEO & Board practice of Heidrick & Struggles, a leading executive search firm. A recognized international authority on the CEO agenda, and himself a former CEO, Steve has over 20 years’ experience of acting as an adviser, coach and talent partner to Global 500 companies. A sought-after speaker and commentator on the CEO agenda, he spent the early part of his career with ICI and as a partner at PA Consulting and KPMG.
Andrew Cave is a financial journalist who has written for the Daily Telegraph since 1996, including three years in New York as US Business Correspondent and five years as Associate City Editor. He writes the weekly business profile in The Sunday Telegraph as well as other regular features for the Daily Telegraph.
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