"This is not a treatise on the CEO as the biggest jerk in the world, or about the simple ways to be a good leader—that’s all been done many times. Nor is it about etiquette or hygiene or how to succeed in your first 100 days. It is a book about the CEO you might know and see as he tries to do his job. And it’s about what you can learn from his efforts, whether he succeeds or fails. Nor ...
"This is not a treatise on the CEO as the biggest jerk in the world, or about the simple ways to be a good leader—that’s all been done many times. Nor is it about etiquette or hygiene or how to succeed in your first 100 days. It is a book about the CEO you might know and see as he tries to do his job. And it’s about what you can learn from his efforts, whether he succeeds or fails.
Nor is this a missive about the crimes of senior executives and how they have wrecked the economy or the environment or both. Far from it. I will not delve into the miasma of executive pay or those guys who are now in orange jumpsuits. Although some people are determined to perform in ways that make us scratch our heads and wonder, 'What were they thinking?', most CEOs want to perform better and upgrade their organization or company. My hope is this book contributes to better behavior, better performance, and an understanding that we all commit sins."
Moran identifies nine sins -- both sins of omission and sins of commission -- typically (and often unintentionally) committed by CEOs and other business leaders. He shares detailed examples of this "fallen" and human-oh-so-human behavior, and provides specific options of redemption and growth. The book is filled with crazy but true contemporary stories -- and much wisdom.
“I can think of a few hundred CEOs who will read this book to see if they are guilty as charged. I can think of a few thousand CEOs who could benefit from reading this book. I can think of a few million careers that could be improved by paying attention to Moran’s ideas on avoiding sins.”
“Rich Moran is the Will Rogers of the business world. He’s a highly experienced and credentialed professional and also a witty humorist... If there were such a thing as business vaudeville, Rich would be its star attraction. He has a gift for pointing out the absurdities of organizational life ... in a wry, down-home style, with a very keen eye for the bizarre details of the office ... Sins and CEOs is his funniest, most poignant book yet."
“The stories in Sins and CEOs are like parables. And like parables, there are important lessons here for everyone — including politicians. Pay attention people.”
Richard A. Moran is a nationally known authority on corporate leadership and workplace issues. He is a venture capitalist, former executive at software companies and a former Accenture partner. His clients have included News Corporation, AT&T, Apple, Hewlett Packard, American Airlines and Oracle. He is credited with creating the genre of “business bullet” books, based on the premise that business is often best directed by simple, rather than complex principles. He is the Vice Chair at Accretive Solutions and serves as a director on several boards.
Moran’s previous books include: National Bestseller Never Confuse a Memo with Reality; Beware Those Who Ask for Feedback; Fear No Yellow Stickies; Cancel the Meetings, Keep the Doughnuts; and Nuts, Bolts and Jolts. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, CNBC and also in Fortune, the Financial Times and other media discussing change and leadership. His radio show “In the Workplace” runs weekly on KCBS. He is the President of Moran Manor & Vineyards and lives in San Francisco with his wife and four children.