Landing in the Executive Chair: How to Excel in the Hot Seat

Landing in the Executive Chair: How to Excel in the Hot Seat

by Linda D. Henman
Landing in the Executive Chair: How to Excel in the Hot Seat

Landing in the Executive Chair: How to Excel in the Hot Seat

by Linda D. Henman

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In today's fast-paced, unprecedented, and unpredictable economy, many executives simply don't know what to do. Conventional methods—which many never entirely be understood in the first place—often don't work during economic upheaval. Executives, especially CEOs, need something better. They need a guide that identifies the roadblocks and points out the landmines.

In her more than 30 years of working with hundreds of executives, Dr. Linda Henman has observed the critical elements of success, both for the new leader and the one who aspires to the next level of success.

In Landing in the Executive Chair, you'll learn how to:
  • Avoid the pitfalls and identify a clear plan for personal and organizational success.
  • Leverage the first months in a new executive position—that time of transition that promises opportunity and challenge, but also often brings a period of great vulnerability.
  • Create a competitive advantage, set the right tone, make effective decisions, keep talent inside your doors, and establish credibility—all while navigating unfamiliar and turbulent waters.

    As organizations expand and grow, the skills that led to success often won't sustain further development in a more complex, high-stakes environment. Present and future executives need more. They need Landing in the Executive Chair.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781601631534
    Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
    Publication date: 05/15/2011
    Edition description: First Edition
    Pages: 288
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

    About the Author

    Linda D. Henman, PhD, the author of Landing in the Executive Chair, works with executives and boards of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses that want to think strategically, grow dramatically, promote intelligently, and compete successfully. Her clients include Avon, Kraft Foods, Edward Jones, BlueCross/BlueShield, and Boeing. She can be reached at

    Table of Contents

    Foreword Alan Weiss 11

    Chapter 1 F2 Leaders: Fair but Firm 15

    Chapter 2 Control the Hinges of Destiny: Decision-Making and Problem-Solving 43

    Chapter 3 Build Magnets to Attract Top Talent 71

    Chapter 4 Strategize to Leverage Your Competitive Advantage 101

    Chapter 5 Turn Great Strategy Into Great Execution 129

    Chapter 6 Plan Succession and Ensure the Leadership Pipeline 151

    Chapter 7 Lead a Team of Virtuosos 175

    Chapter 8 Become a Star on the Board of Directors 201

    Chapter 9 Become an Agent for and a Champion of Change 225

    Chapter 10 Ten Lessons for Leading During Crisis 247

    Appendix 269

    Notes 277

    Index 283

    About the Author 287

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