The Edge: How Ten CEOs Learned to Lead--And the Lessons for Us All

The Edge: How Ten CEOs Learned to Lead--And the Lessons for Us All

by Michael Useem
The Edge: How Ten CEOs Learned to Lead--And the Lessons for Us All

The Edge: How Ten CEOs Learned to Lead--And the Lessons for Us All

by Michael Useem


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“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” Jim Whittaker, first American to climb Mt. Everest
A leader’s job—in a radically changing world—is standing on the cliff edge, getting a grip on unfamiliar landscapes, and acquiring the skills for leading the enterprise into new territory. In a world facing the unprecedented challenges of global pandemic and economic distruption, every leader needs to find the edge for leaping across the breach and breaking new ground on the other side.
Michael Useem provides rare insight into how ten leaders confronted hard realities. He looked close-in at the lide and work of people such as Bill McNabb of Vanguard, Jeffrey Lurie of the Philadelphia Eagles, Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson, and Tricia Griffith of Progressive Insurance. His “you are there” profiles chronicle fateful decisions such as:
  • Meeting the concerns of a next-generation workforce that considers inclusiveness an integral part of business
  • Developing a strategy for growth in a market that is cratering
  • Escaping the confines of an insane, always-on, 24/7 world to learn about the real, granular changes happening in the marketplace
Useem’s profiles of leaders on the edge provide the inspiration and the guidance we all need for adapting and thriving in an era of massive disruption and continuous transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541774117
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 06/22/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,075,220
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Useem is William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, faculty director of the Leadership Center and the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-anchor for a weekly program "Leadership in Action" on SiriusXM Radio Channel 132 and co-director of the annual CEO Academy. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Prologue The Greatest CEO of the Century 1

1 Finding Your Edge 11

2 Building a Growth Engine When the Chips Are Down 29

3 Inclusion as a Leadership Imperative 49 1

4 Staying Ahead of the Game in an Always-On/24-7 World 63

5 Recruiting a Partner to Lead Change Before You Have To 81

6 Completing an Incomplete Résumé to Think Like a Chief 101

7 Doubling Down on the Right Talent 115

8 Triage or Transformation 129

9 Reinventing the Culture 147

10 Mastering the Field to Win It All 173

11 Overcoming Doubts to Take Command 193

12 Break the Bubble 207

Epilogue Leading in Our Times 223

Acknowledgments 229

Notes 235

References 245

Index 267

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