Tough Calls from the Corner Office: Top Business Leaders Reveal Their Career-Defining Moments

Tough Calls from the Corner Office: Top Business Leaders Reveal Their Career-Defining Moments

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by Harlan Steinbaum, Michael Steinbaum, Dave Conti
     
 

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Tough Calls from the Corner Office offers invaluable insight into the mind of the CEO.” —Bill Steere, President, Chairman, and CEO of Pfizer

“The stories in this book should inspire and give confidence to the many people looking to make their mark in business, or for that matter life.” —General Richard B. Myers,

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Tough Calls from the Corner Office offers invaluable insight into the mind of the CEO.” —Bill Steere, President, Chairman, and CEO of Pfizer

“The stories in this book should inspire and give confidence to the many people looking to make their mark in business, or for that matter life.” —General Richard B. Myers, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Fortune 500 executive Harlan Steinbaum collects the wisdom of America’s most successful business leaders in this powerful and inspiring guide to decision-making for your life and career. Thirty-nine of America’s top executives, from ESPN’s Bill Rasmussen to United Airlines’ Gerald Greenwald, along with many other, relate the most important decisions of their careers, sharing why they struggled, how they decided, and what the lessons are they learned along the way—enabling you to achieve more, today.

Editorial Reviews

Evelyn Williams
“Mr. Steinbaum captures the fundamental critical moments of an executive’s life and packages them in a comprehensive and very accessible way. His commentary frames these moments within the larger context of an executive’s life - and the executives’ stories he shares are both rich in their diversity and their relevance.”
Bill Steere
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office offers invaluable insight into the mind of the CEO. Harlan Steinbaum’s book reveals how companies are only as good as the instincts, and the guiding principles of the people who run them.”
Thomas S. Robertson
“Harlan Steinbaum has developed a fascinating account of how senior executives faced their single most important decision. His notion of Tough Calls from the Corner Office provides insights rarely derived on management decision-making under difficult conditions.”
General - Richard B. Myers
"This book is wonderful. I enjoyed every story — every part of it. The stories in this book should inspire and give confidence to the many people looking to make their mark in business, or for that matter life."
Jessica Bibliowicz
“Refreshingly intimate and candid, these personal reflections from some of America’s top business leaders offer insight into their choices and decisions. CEOs and those aspiring to lead will find inspiration here.”
Jim Gold
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office is a treasure of a book. Stories from a wide array of remarkable and wise business talent reward the reader with invaluable insight into what it means to follow one’s dreams, lead people and maintain a moral compass.”
Mahendra Gupta
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office provides a unique opportunity to witness—and learn from —decision-making in action at the highest levels of business in times of crisis.”
Cindy Brinkley
“This collection of defining moments offers key insights into the birth of some great strategies. Very interesting. What struck me is the diversity and breadth of some of those decisions and how each one became a driving force. This is a great read.”
Bill DeWitt III
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office” is a great read for anyone who is interested in the interplay between character, luck, and talent in the lives of successful people. ”
Francis Fraenkel
“This compilation of business success stories will engage anyone looking for inspiration. The stories are varied but the storytellers all share a common characteristic - the instinct to recognize a significant career opportunity”
Murray L. Weidenbaum
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office is a unique casebook of management decision making. Each case is incisive, authoritative, original . . . and short. Harlan Steinbaum’s new book can usefully be read by both students and managers.
General Richard B. Myers
“This book is wonderful. I enjoyed every story — every part of it. The stories in this book should inspire and give confidence to the many people looking to make their mark in business, or for that matter life.”
Library Journal
Business is often complex, and many business leaders have faced major crises or life-changing experiences that led to pivotal developments. These events shaped them profoundly, often making them better leaders and decision makers. Steinbaum, a former CEO, has compiled short stories of "defining moments" in the lives of 39 professionals across different industries and organizations. The stories are organized into nine chapters focusing on different themes, such as career choices and organizational culture changes. A conclusion provides key ideas the author identified in writing this volume, and a distinctive appendix offers "Executive Advice and Wisdom" from 30 contributors. VERDICT Since many insights are the outcome of personnel decisions, this is suitable for human-resource and other management professionals and can be used as an alternative to textbook readings in business and human-resource programs. Although the book deals with major upheavals in business figures' lives, it is also an inspiring and enjoyable read, suitable for public libraries, too.—Caroline Geck, MLS, Newark, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

A former pharmacy CEO asks 39 successful business executives to reflect on their careers and recall the defining moment of their careers.

With the exceptions of famed restaurateur Danny Meyer, ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen and game-show host/creator Monty Hall, most of those interviewed here are little known outside business circles. The other participants in Steinbaum's exercise are all decidedly less glamorous, but all have achieved wealth or eminence directing major enterprises, selling everything from bread to airplanes, vitamins, shoes, dolls, newspapers, commercial furniture, real estate, cars, chemicals and candy. They have run insurance companies, health programs, advertising outfits and architectural firms. All appear delighted to assess their business lives. Steinbaum offers a brief, folksy introduction to each of his interviewees and, then, permits them to speak in their own words. He divides the answers into chapters that correspond roughly to predictable passages in many business lives: the initial choice to enter a particular field, become an entrepreneur, find the right partners and abandon the wrong ones, reshape the corporate culture, change a company's business model, reposition or renew a business and, finally, decide when to leave. Unsurprisingly, the answers are as varied as the individuals and the specific challenges they've confronted. For this reason, apart from an appendix, in which Steinbaum assembles some words of advice and wisdom also gleaned from his subjects, nothing here can be read strictly as a success manual. In fact, many of Steinbaum's respondents readily acknowledge the degree to which luck, accident or emergency shaped their choices. One person's decision to stay and transform a business is not inherently smarter than another's call to strike out on her own. One maxim cautions a man to look before leaping, while another warns that he who hesitates is lost. Which to follow? Well, these judgments are labeled "tough calls" for a reason. Other companies represented include Monsanto, Verizon, Time Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, United Airlines and Chrysler Corporation (both represented by one executive, Gerald Greenwald).

Comfort food for business enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061802492
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/08/2011
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.98(d)

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Francis Fraenkel
“This compilation of business success stories will engage anyone looking for inspiration. The stories are varied but the storytellers all share a common characteristic - the instinct to recognize a significant career opportunity”
Bill DeWitt III
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office” is a great read for anyone who is interested in the interplay between character, luck, and talent in the lives of successful people. ”
Jim Gold
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office is a treasure of a book. Stories from a wide array of remarkable and wise business talent reward the reader with invaluable insight into what it means to follow one’s dreams, lead people and maintain a moral compass.”
Thomas S. Robertson
“Harlan Steinbaum has developed a fascinating account of how senior executives faced their single most important decision. His notion of Tough Calls from the Corner Office provides insights rarely derived on management decision-making under difficult conditions.”
Bill Steere
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office offers invaluable insight into the mind of the CEO. Harlan Steinbaum’s book reveals how companies are only as good as the instincts, and the guiding principles of the people who run them.”
Cindy Brinkley
“This collection of defining moments offers key insights into the birth of some great strategies. Very interesting. What struck me is the diversity and breadth of some of those decisions and how each one became a driving force. This is a great read.”
Mahendra Gupta
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office provides a unique opportunity to witness—and learn from —decision-making in action at the highest levels of business in times of crisis.”
Jessica Bibliowicz
“Refreshingly intimate and candid, these personal reflections from some of America’s top business leaders offer insight into their choices and decisions. CEOs and those aspiring to lead will find inspiration here.”
Murray L. Weidenbaum
“Tough Calls from the Corner Office is a unique casebook of management decision making. Each case is incisive, authoritative, original . . . and short. Harlan Steinbaum’s new book can usefully be read by both students and managers.
Richard B. Myers
“This book is wonderful. I enjoyed every story — every part of it. The stories in this book should inspire and give confidence to the many people looking to make their mark in business, or for that matter life.”

Meet the Author

Harlan Steinbaum has had a long and successful career in business as an innovator and leading executive in the retail drug industry. He was chairman and CEO of Medicare-Glaser, one of the largest retail pharmacy chains in the United States. He was also chairman of Express Scripts, Inc., a leading pharmacy benefit management company that has grown into a multibillion-dollar public corporation ranked number 135 on the Fortune 500.

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