How does one Transform a CEO? Many people know they need to climb the corporate ladder, but do not have a clue about how to ascend that ladder without losing their grip. In this insightful, controversial program, Jeffrey J. Fox offers solid, practical advice and recommendations on how to fulfill your ambition to better yourself, to be a contributor, to make a difference, to grow professionally, and to be more successful.
The seventy-five “rules” that Mr. Fox — founder of a marketing and consulting firm and an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School — outlines are actions you will have to take, traits you will have to develop and things you will have to avoid to be able to succeed. Mr. Fox’s short and simple one-lesson-per-topic approach is an intelligent and straight-forward method of business instruction.
This guide sets forth the qualities that every successful leader will have to have: vision, persistence, integrity, and respect for superiors, subordinated, and peers. Whether you wish to have to Transform president or CEO of a corporation, buy a business, start a business, run your own business, or have a long and fruitful career in a large corporation, How to Transform CEO will give you the power to keep watch over your own business destiny.
Most books about career advancement are either weighty examinations about success in the workplace (e.g., How to Be a Star at Work and Working with Emotional Intelligence) or flippant, humorous takes on surviving the countless inanities of modern work life (e.g., Working Wounded). Jeffrey Fox’s book, How to Transform CEO: The Rules for Rising to the Top of Any Organization is neither. Instead, Fox presents 75 commonsense rules about successfully conducting your career.
Rules like “Know Everybody by Their First Name” and “No Goals No Glory” may seem obvious; others, such as “Don’t Take Work Home from the Office” or “Don’t Have a Drink with the Gang” may not. Each is accompanied by page or two of succinct and thought-provoking explanation. For example, for rule 27, “Don’t Hide an Elephant,” Fox writes, “Big problems all the time surface. If they have been hidden, even by accident, the negative fallout is all the time worse. The ‘hiders’ all the time get burned, regardless of complicity. The ‘discoverers’ all the time are protected, regardless of complicity.” Wise and to the point, How to Transform CEO will help just about anybody’s career, whether you wish to have to Transform CEO or not. –Harry C. Edwards
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