Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success

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Much as Good to Great described what separates top companies from the rest, The Next Level shows new, current, and future executives what differentiates success and failure at the executive level. Every day, high performers are tapped to be executives and then left alone to figure out how to function successfully in their new role. When this happens, most new executives rely on strengths that served them well earlier in their careers. As executive coach Scott Eblin explains, this is why 40 percent of them fail. ...

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Overview

Much as Good to Great described what separates top companies from the rest, The Next Level shows new, current, and future executives what differentiates success and failure at the executive level. Every day, high performers are tapped to be executives and then left alone to figure out how to function successfully in their new role. When this happens, most new executives rely on strengths that served them well earlier in their careers. As executive coach Scott Eblin explains, this is why 40 percent of them fail. Moving successfully to the executive level requires knowing which behaviors and beliefs to drop, as well as which new ones to pick up. Like having a personal executive coach, this confidence-building book outlines a program for success for new and future executives and offers frank advice from accomplished senior executives on what to do and to avoid.

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Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Advice for the Budding CEO From Fellow Insiders
Every executive had to start somewhere—that first big promotion that bumped them to senior management. The great ones knew what to bring with them to their new position and what to leave behind. This is the premise of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success by Scott Eblin, who describes himself as a "former Fortune 500 HR executive."

The book is divided into three main sections. The Foundations of Personal Presence covers topics such as maintaining confidence, sustaining your energy level and communicating effectively. The Foundations of Team Presence looks at effective delegation and issues of accountability. The Foundations of Organizational Presence offers advice on maintaining the proper perspective and presence within the organization.

All That You Should Leave Behind
Each of the three sections is further broken down into lessons presented according to what you should "pick up" and what you should "let go."

One chapter, for instance, advocates that the reader "pick up looking left and right as you lead" and "let go of looking primarily up and down as you lead." The goal, according to the author, is to create relationships with your peers and avoid what he refers to as "vertical tunnel vision," the tendency to only pay attention to what those above you and below you are doing.

Another chapter recommends that one "pick up defining what to do" and "let go of telling how to do it." This can be a particularly tall order for most managers. After all, promotions are generally given to people who excel at what they do. It can be tempting, therefore, to view your methods as the best and/or only way to accomplish a task. Eblin suggests, however, that the best leaders guide their employees by establishing clear and firm guidelines, then allowing them to do the work their own way.

Each chapter ends with 10 tips for putting Eblin’s advice into play. The tips range from practical observations to sage mantras. "Avoid the unintended consequences that stem from ‘thinking out loud’ in front of subordinates," the author advises at the end of his chapter on taking a "big footprint view" of your role. The chapter on accountability includes the tip, "Learn to derive satisfaction from the fact that the work got done, not that you did it."

The Right Tools for the Right Job
Perhaps the most useful tools, however, are the two appendices included at the end of the book. The first is a guide to creating an Executive Success Plan or "ESP." Eblin recommends the plan be used with the help of an "executive coach," but provides clear instructions for those who want to do it themselves.

He lists the principles discussed in the book and encourages readers to seek input from colleagues about how they fare in each area. Readers are then advised to analyze the results, identify areas for improvement and seek ongoing advice from the "feedback team."

Appendix B is the Situation Solutions Guide. This table contains various dilemmas common among those navigating new positions referenced against the corresponding chapter containing the appropriate advice.

Overall, Eblin’s book provides the advice that no one ever thinks to give you on taking the leap to the next level. And it’s good advice, from experienced executives, that’s useable today.

Why We Like This Book
The Next Level is full of practical advice that is clearly stated. It is designed to be referred to repeatedly, and Eblin’s use of lists and tables helps to ensure that the reader can quickly find the answers they are looking for. This book is excellent for individuals looking to make it to the next level, as well as executive coaches that want to use it as a reference tool with clients. Copyright © 2006 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891061939
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/25/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    Must read for a new executive

    Being new to the executive level, the first thing I noticed was being overwhelmed and uncertain. This book definitely help point me in the right direction. It was uncanny how many situations discussed in the book had already come up in some shape or form in my first weeks at the new position. The book is broken down into ten topics, laws if you will. They are very easy to read, just plain make sense after reading them, and have short stories to further drive home the point. This is a must read and a welcome edition to the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Execllent book for anyone wanting to climb the corporate ladder.

    This is an extremely insightful book in how to reach the Next Level in your job. With today's competiveness, we all need to try to hang on to the jobs we have but we should not sacrifice upper mobility - especially when jobs will be plentiful again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2007

    Strategies for the Executive Suite

    Scott Eblin's book offers valuable advice to the newly arrived member of the management team about how to navigate in unfamiliar, executive territory. He argues that your success will depend on how you operate at your peak level, and how you reach and maintain that optimal state, rather than on the actual nuts and bolts of getting projects done. He provides transcriptions of coaching sessions with executives in transition and each chapter ends with 'ten tips' ¿ a useful summary of the ideas and behavior you'll have to learn to succeed in your new role. We recommend this manual to managers who want to move up in the ranks, and to executives new and old ¿ for whom its tips will still be useful.

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    Posted September 13, 2010

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