Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives

Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives

by Ron A. Carucci, Eric C. Hansen


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As featured in the hit HBR Article “A 10 Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do”

Rising to Power is a time tested, wisdom-packed guide for executives desiring to be exceptional leaders as they navigate their ascent to the highest levels of their organization.

Nearly two-thirds of all leaders entering executive roles lack sufficient understanding of what is required and are unprepared for what they will face, which explains why 50 percent of them fail within the first eighteen months.

For decades we have known that failure rates among transitioning executives are too high, causing exorbitant costs, damaged organizations, and stalled careers. Still, little has changed in the way organizations prepare leaders to assume executive positions. Three-fourths of new executives say their organization did not adequately prepare them for the executive office. It doesn’t have to be this way.

If you are an executive—or you’re aspiring to be one—and considering how you will navigate the ascent in your organization, Rising to Power will serve you like no other resource can. Odds are high you have watched a promising executive fail on their way up. Like many, you scratched your head, wondering, “Why didn’t they see that coming?” Now you’re hoping not to be the next one that falls. Rising to Power will guide you on a predictable journey of ascent, through the transitional moments and issues most common in executive failure. It will bolster your confidence, open your eyes, deepen your insight, and if you let it, reveal your own proclivities for failure that you may not even recognize. Based on a ten-year longitudinal study, Rising to Power offers a profoundly new way of looking at an executive’s rise in an organization, and offers an approach to significantly increase your odds of success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626341081
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,239,999
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ron A. Carucci, Managing Partner at Navalent, is a seasoned consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50 to start-up in pursuit of transformational change. He has taught at the graduate school level, and is the author of seven other books, including the acclaimed Leadership Divided: What Emerging Leaders need and what you Might be Missing.

Eric C. Hansen, managing partner at Navalent, has thirty years of business management, executive leadership and consulting experience having worked for The May Company, Intel Corporation, AT&T Capital Corporation, Hallmark Cards, Inc., and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business, and a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword xv

Pre-Flight (Huntington Industrials) xxiii

Introduction: Wing Walking-An Executive's Sudden Rise to Power 1

In Flight (Huntington Industrials) 20

Section I Ascend

Chapter 1 Altitude Sickness: Acclimatizing to the Realities of Executive Leadership 27

In Flight (Huntington Industrials) 41

Chapter 2 Distinguishing Your Organization's Different Altitudes: Transitioning to the Strategic System 47

In Flight (Huntington Industrials) 61

Section II Adjust

Chapter 3 Planning Your Shift to the Strategic System: Separating from What You Left Behind 67

In Flight (Huntington Industrials)p87

Chapter 4 Altitudinal Distortions: How You and the World Look Different from Up Here 91

In Flight (Huntington Industrials) 117

Section III Assert

Chapter 5 Executive Power: Perversions, Abuses, and the Greater Good 123

In Flight (Huntington Industrials) 155

Chapter 6 Managing Expectations: Translating Chronic Failure and Unrealistic Demands into Kept Promises 159

In Flight (Huntington Industrials) 173

Section IV Affect

Chapter 7 The Exceptional Executive: Powerful Leadership in Action 181

In Flight (Huntington Industrials) 211

Chapter 8 Powerful Organizations that Build Exceptional Executives: The Systemic Levers of Breadth, Context, Choice, and Connection 215

Epilogue: Controlled Burns: Committing to Your Rise by Leaving Behind What Got You Here to Create Something Exceptional 231

Final Approach (Huntington Industrials) 239

Appendix 243

Notes 253

Index 257

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