The Wisdom of Titans: Secrets of Success from Entrepreneurs Who Rose to the Top

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Becoming a successful entrepreneur takes energy and drive. Less than 20% make it beyond the first three years. Achieving the next level, the status of business titan — the upper echelon of leadership — takes an unrelenting commitment to turn an idea into a plan, a plan into a startup venture, and a venture into a successful business. The chances of getting to the top are slim at best, relying on a particular set of skills and attributes. In The Wisdom of Titans, William Ferguson shares how 10 famous titans, from...
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Overview


Becoming a successful entrepreneur takes energy and drive. Less than 20% make it beyond the first three years. Achieving the next level, the status of business titan — the upper echelon of leadership — takes an unrelenting commitment to turn an idea into a plan, a plan into a startup venture, and a venture into a successful business. The chances of getting to the top are slim at best, relying on a particular set of skills and attributes. In The Wisdom of Titans, William Ferguson shares how 10 famous titans, from Bill Marriott to Julia Stewart, made it to the top, for every entrepreneur to learn from and follow. The book describes the challenges of leading service organizations, in particular, where managing and motivating thousands of people can make or break the business. The book provides advice for those just starting out as well as business leaders looking to take their enterprise to the next level.
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Being your own boss is the great American dream, but only 1% of entrepreneurs are truly successful. Ferguson, chairman and CEO of Ferguson Partners, interviewed some of the world’s best-known entrepreneurs in order to instruct a wide audience: entrepreneurs whose businesses have stalled; corporate leaders who want to take a more entrepreneurial approach; budding entrepreneurs; and M.B.A. students. His 30 years of experience recruiting and advising CEOs, senior executives, and board members have given him both insight and connections, and the interviews with movers and shakers create an upbeat, if superficial, guide to empire building. Ferguson’s interviewees instruct the reader to have fun at work, be a student of the business, make a mark outside the mainstream, grow the bottom line, mentor others, create value out of a vision, take risks, measure progress, maintain integrity, and leave a legacy. There’s some filler on how the likes of J.W. Marriott of Marriott International got his start, and on essential problem-solving skills, bolstered by “tips from the titans” and rallying quotes from business leaders. Though the overall message is strong—that titans are defined by their ability to scale businesses utilizing all the talent at their disposal, having built strong teams—the advice is run-of-the-mill and the presentation lackluster. Agent: Doris S. Michaels, the DSM Agency. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937134587
  • Publisher: Bibliomotion Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,390,212
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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William J. Ferguson serves as Chairman and CEO of Ferguson Partners Ltd. and as the Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of FPL Advisory Group. Bill conducts senior management recruiting assignments, with a specialization in president/chief executive officer searches and recruiting assignments for Boards of Trustees/Directors. He also conducts CEO succession planning assignments and facilitates public company Board assessments and senior management assessments. Bill is a widely respected author and speaker on the topic of leadership. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. in marketing from the Wharton Graduate School of Business.

Christopher J. Nassetta is President and Chief Executive Officer for Hilton Worldwide.

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