Sooner or later that plum position is going to become vacant at your workplace. You know you’ll want it, but can you get it? Ask yourself: What’s my track record? Am I smart enough in the right areas? Do people like working with me? Do they respect me? Would they follow me if I were in charge?
Am I CEO material?
Any aspiring ladder-climber should be able to answer these questions—because, without a doubt, the competition thinks it can.
In CEO Material, D. A. Benton shows you how to become highly visible and absolutely indispensable to your organization. You’ll learn how to project confidence, even when something hasn’t gone your way. You’ll recognize the value of being a generalist, able to comprehend every facet of your business’s structure and function. You’ll find out how to keep learning and growing so that you never feel stuck, much less appear so to decision makers. And most importantly, you’ll master four C’s that no true leader can be without:
- Constant Communication
- Coworker Collaboration
Inside, you’ll find a lifetime of top-level professional development advice that can make the difference. “CEO Whisperer” D. A. Benton is your guide to doing what must be done in order to make significant moves up the ladder. It’s not just about showing up;it’s about having integrity, taking charge, accepting challenges, and making an ally out of everyone you work with.
Conduct yourself like a CEO and you’ll be first in line for each new promotion in your field. Transform yourself from an average employee to an indispensable corporate player with the help of CEO Material.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction
- Make a huge investment in yourself
- Have an impeccable reputation
- Become a terrific communicator
- Get visible, early and often
- Grow, sustain, and use a global network base
- Get mentors; reverse mentor others
- Get as much feedback as early and as frequently as possible
- Be a bloody good leader
- Job hop but not too excessively
- Choose your bosses very carefully
- Get a foreign or multi-cultural assignment, ASAP
- Get a sponsor with influence who will stand up for you
- Be very nice to headhunters
- Get balance 'cause good leaders make good lovers
- Avoid career killers
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One of the greatest lessons is that each of us must take charge of life or life will take charge of us. Debra Benton once again delivers the primer on the knowledge and practical steps one must take to be in charge of one's own career and its success. CEO Material not only is for CEOs and those in the making, but for everyone who wants professional and personal success. And, at heart, every person wants to be his or her level best. Based on decades of research, insight, and study, Benton has written another indispensable book for grasping how to move ahead, differentiate yourself, and happily lead.
As the CEO of Maverick Systems Group, we developed a software program called E-SPIN, The Worldwide Business and Government Suggestion System. That alone demands that I have every possible piece of information necessary not only to lead our company but interact with other CEO's and Government officials. CEO Material is exactly what I needed. Being an entrepreneur I need every tool the big guns use in large organizations and I can refer to it for how other CEO's think and handle situations as they arise. CEO Material is the Rosetta Stone of employment and the Owner's Manual for Leadership. This is what they don't teach in school. CEO Material opens up the world of possibilities and I follow its advice like my career depends upon it because it does.
As a personal friend, and having been mentored by Debra Benton, I am adept to the value of her advice. I consider myself to be very lucky to have spent the last 10 years of my career development entrenched in her work. Her publications, professional speaking engagements and personal coaching are the reason the hiring manager for my last job interview described my communication skills as "Way, way, way above average" (complete with hand gestures)...Thanks Debra. It is no surprise that Debra's new book CEO Material is packed with a bunch of new information that she has never shared with me during our coaching sessions, so I am yet again, two steps ahead in my leadership ability as a result. I highly recommend CEO Material. This is definitely a great piece of work that holds true to the reputation Debra has as a world renowned Executive Consultant. Bravo Debra! Done good....