From the Sandbox to the Corner Office: Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top

From the Sandbox to the Corner Office: Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top

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by Eve Tahmincioglu
     
 

When you think of how high-powered executives and CEOs end up in the lavish corner office, certain things probably come to mind, such as an Ivy League education, personal connections, or even a silver spoon. While these factors may sometimes play a role in making it to the top, in most cases there is something else that propels these individuals to the upper tier of… See more details below

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When you think of how high-powered executives and CEOs end up in the lavish corner office, certain things probably come to mind, such as an Ivy League education, personal connections, or even a silver spoon. While these factors may sometimes play a role in making it to the top, in most cases there is something else that propels these individuals to the upper tier of their careers. That something else is the ability to use their life experiences—and the lessons learned from them—to gain a competitive edge.

Author Eve Tahmincioglu is a regular contributor to the New York Times business section and for the past five years she has been one of the main writers of its popular "The Boss" column. It is here where she discovered how life's lessons have allowed some of today's best leaders to make it to the top of their profession. And now, with From the Sandbox to the Corner Office, Tahmincioglu looks to share these lessons with you.

Based on more than fifty interviews with some of today's top executives and leaders from all walks of life, From the Sandbox to the Corner Office offers key lessons for those looking to achieve success in today's world of business, nonprofits, and government. In each engaging chapter, CEOs who run major organizations, as well as entrepreneurs who have made a name for themselves, vividly recount the professional and personal experiences—as a child and an adult—that taught them lessons about life, work, and leadership. Along the way, these individuals talk about everything from their parents, first jobs, and career moves to seeking out mentors, overcoming adversity, and dealing with bad bosses.

Some of the people you'll hear from include:

  • Richard Parsons, CEO of Time Warner
  • Pernille Spiers-Lopez, President of IKEA North America
  • Brian Gallagher, President of the United Way
  • Ralph de la Vega, COO of Cingular Wireless
  • Christie Hefner, CEO of Playboy Enterprises

Filled with real-world stories and practical advice, From the Sandbox to the Corner Office offers valuable insights that anyone can use—whether you aspire to run a global organization, start your own company, or help your children get off on the right foot.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471788836
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/06/2006
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.91(d)

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