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Being a leader requires much more than just understanding how to run a business. Today’s executive is under a unique set of demands, coming from multiple stakeholders. In The Complete Executive, long-time executive coach Karen Wright introduces a unique 10-step system that takes all of these aspects of leadership development into account. Leaders not only need incredible physical energy and stamina, they need a support system, philosophy, plan, business acumen, a social network, and a brand and reputation that ...
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Overview


Being a leader requires much more than just understanding how to run a business. Today’s executive is under a unique set of demands, coming from multiple stakeholders. In The Complete Executive, long-time executive coach Karen Wright introduces a unique 10-step system that takes all of these aspects of leadership development into account. Leaders not only need incredible physical energy and stamina, they need a support system, philosophy, plan, business acumen, a social network, and a brand and reputation that will ensure they achieve their vision. Backed by an assessment tool, giving each leader a personal “report card,” this book provides aspiring leaders with a framework to address all aspects of leadership that translates to peak performance. Wright knows from experience that even when everything is going well for leaders, high achievers don’t stop there, which is why The Complete Executive is designed as a resource to return to again and again for continuous improvement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937134242
  • Publisher: Bibliomotion Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Karen Wright has coached top business leaders and helped individuals and teams from Fortune 500 companies manage change, increase productivity, integrate their personal and professional lives, and achieve their own definitions of success. Karen founded Parachute Executive Coaching, a coaching and consulting firm, in 1996. She is frequently in the media, including on CTV News, CBC Radio One, The Globe & Mail, CFRA Radio Ottawa, TalkRadio U.K., The Toronto Star, Kiplinger’s, and Computer World Magazine. Karen has an MBA from the Ivey School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. The first Professional Certified Coach (PCC) in Canada and now one of an elite group of Master Certified Coaches, Karen is a leader in the field of corporate coaching. Core to her coaching philosophy is the belief that personal happiness and professional fulfillment can be achieved all at once. Karen resides in Toronto, Canada.

Michael Bungay Stanier is Senior Partner at Box of Crayons and author of Do More Great Work.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Bungay Stanier xiii

Introduction xv

1 Make Health and Fitness Your Top Priority 1

1 Disciplined Eating Habits and a Clear Personal Philosophy About Food 3

2 Daily Activity and Energy Awareness 4

3 Weight Management 6

4 Goals and Metrics 6

5 Hydration and Supplementation 7

6 Cross-Training and Recovery Strategies 9

7 Sleep 10

8 Diagnostics 12

9 Support Mechanisms and Equipment 15

10 Social Support 15

2 Craft a Life Plan 19

11 Goal Alignment with Partner 20

12 Financial Plan 21

13 Career Goal 23

14 Mentors and Coaches 24

15 Retirement Lifestyle Vision 25

16 Social Service/Contribution 26

17 Legacy/Significance 27

18 Residence/Geography 28

19 Perfect Days 29

20 Will and Bequests 30

3 Invest in Relationships 33

21 Primary Relationship 34

22 Children 36

23 Extended Family 37

24 Neighbors 38

25 Community 39

26 Competitors 40

27 Peers 40

28 Direct Reports 42

29 Friends 43

30 Board of Directors 43

4 Be a Real Leader 47

31 Leadership Philosophy 48

32 Performance Review and 360 Degree Feedback 50

33 Values and Walking the Talk 52

34 Core Competencies 53

35 "Soft" Skills 54

36 Performance and Conduct Expectations 56

37 Innovation and Creativity 57

38 Synthesis 59

39 Personal Presentation and Communication Skills 60

40 Personal Story 62

5 Put the Business Basics in Place 65

41 Vision 65

42 Mission 68

43 Strategic Plan 69

44 Five-Year Targets and Goals 70

45 One-Year Operating Plan 71

46 Talent Review and Succession Plan 72

47 Measures of Success 74

48 Crisis Management Plan 75

49 Corporate Social Responsibility Plan 76

50 Technology Plan 76

6 Take Charge of Your Career 79

51 Career Plan 80

52 Personal/Professional Goal Alignment 80

53 Passion for the Business 81

54 Resumé 83

55 Salary and Market Value 84

56 Recruiter Connections 85

57 Lessons from Adversity 86

58 "Elevator Speech" 87

59 Skills Inventory 88

60 Role Models 89

7 Build a Valuable Network 91

61 Tools 92

62 Alumni Association 95

63 Professional Groups 96

64 Lunches/Casual Meetings 97

65 Introductions and Recommendations 98

66 Responsiveness to Requests 99

67 Requests for Information or Resources 99

68 Maintenance 100

69 Club Memberships 101

70 Network Management 102

8 Be a Lifelong Learner 105

71 Daily News 106

72 Reading 107

73 Target Topics 108

74 Current Business Climate 109

75 Openness to New Ideas 110

76 Development Plan 111

77 Continuing Education 112

78 Complementary Skill Sets 113

79 Expert Resources 113

80 Mastermind Group 114

9 Have Some Fun! 117

81 Hobbies 118

82 Social Activities 121

83 Romance 122

84 Travel 123

85 Laughter and Play 124

86 Affection 124

87 Brain Fitness 126

88 Openness to New Experiences 127

89 Spontaneity 127

90 Positivity 128

10 Pause and Reflect 131

91 Regular Practice 132

92 Gratitude 133

93 Daily Planning 134

94 Weekly Planning 135

95 Monthly or Quarterly Planning 136

96 Yearly Planning 137

97 Personal History Documentation 138

98 Goal Setting 139

99 Connected Conversation 140

100 Intuition 141

Afterword 145

Appendix: The Complete Executive Assessment 147

Bibliography 165

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    The Complete Executive: The 10-Step System for Great Leadership

    The Complete Executive: The 10-Step System for Great Leadership Performanceby Karen Wright provides actionable insights to developing the habits and practices necessary to succeed in high-level leadership positions. Karen organized her insights into ten topical collections covering:

    - Health and fitness
    - Life plan
    - Relationships
    - Being a leader
    - Business basics
    - Career plan
    - Network
    - Learning and growth
    - Fun and interests
    - Reflection

    Taken together, these collections focus on helping senior leaders create for themselves a life that fully supports health, stamina, reputation, skills, and relationships.

    The Complete Executive closes with a 100-point self-assessment that enables readers to discover the areas of development requiring the most attention.

    I like The Complete Executive because of its immediately actionable recommendations to building ‘the whole executive.’ Whereas most books focus on just one aspect of leadership or restrict themselves to ‘the office,’ Karen goes beyond the confines of corporate life to address the wellbeing of the whole person. She recognizes that success does not begin or end within the office but is rather a result of the whole of a person’s life.

    I found The Complete Executive to be an easy read; each insight accompanied by real world observations that highlighted the importance of the practice without being overly prescriptive or drawn out. As such, I believe Karen’s book would make a great compliment to any leadership development program, particularly one in which a key leadership principle is focused on each week.

    The Complete Executive echoes many of the principles espoused by StrategyDriven and the StrategyDriven Professional websites; making it a StrategyDriven recommended read.

    All the Best,
    Nathan Ives
    StrategyDriven Principal

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