Surprisingly, it’s not about education or pedigree or even native smarts. Most of us are like jack welch, who started life as a lowercase guy, the son of a railroad conductor, but went on to become the most celebrated and successful executive of recent years. Sure, Jack Welch—and lots of other people like him—are smart and talented, but there are countless people even smarter and more talented who stall out on the way up. Something else is going on. What is it, and what can the rest of us learn from such people to improve our own chances of accomplishment?
Stephen Baum uncovers not only the business secrets of prominent CEOs but their inner stories as well. He ferrets out the real men and women behind the public personas, learning about life-shaping experiences they all have in common that turn out to be the foun-dation for true success in career and in life. Baum has gotten them to recall key moments that they hadn’t thought about for years, as well as the fears, emotions, and learning they’ve experienced during moments of challenge and doubt.
These seminal events are “archetypal shaping experiences”—critical and often unexpected learning moments when future leaders take advantage of challenges thrown in their path:
• When you take calculated personal risks without the safety net of specific instructions on how to proceed.
• When you are clueless about how to solve a knotty problem but dive in and prepare yourself to work through it.
• When you learn to swim in water over your head, make the tough choice, get good on your feet, or
are forced to take a hard look in the mirror. These character-building moments engender an inner core of toughness and confidence that is the real key to leadership in any business or endeavor—they are what made jack welch . . . JACK WELCH.
Stephen Baum provides an entirely new way of thinking about how to fulfill your dreams and aspirations. You’ll come away with the feeling that “if they can do it, so can I” . . . and that is the first step on the journey to becoming extraordinary, awakening the JACK WELCH that lives in each of us—just waiting to take us further than anyone could have predicted.
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About the Author
DAVE CONTI is a writer and editor specializing in business and self-help topics. Formerly, he was executive editor at HarperCollins Publishers, where he edited and published books by many distinguished authors.
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Must read for anyone interested in improving their leadership/management skills. Provides a lot of useful information and real life examples
The author had a brilliant and precious idea, what makes these leaders leaders and not posers? In a series of interviews, and reflections on a lengthy career with Booz Allen & Hamilton. he has succeeded in putting out a noteworthy book. In our Rocket Builders practise we talk about the 'school of experience' that practitioners need to have gone through to be leaders. Baum uses the term 'shaping experiences'. He has listed ten of these: * 1. Swim in the water over your head * 2. Make the tough choices * 3. Solve the Key Puzzle. * 4. Parent at Work. * 5. Sell Something/Get Others to Buy 1n. * 6. Connect with Others. * 7. Build a Team. * 8. Get Good on Your Feet * 9. Develop Your Crap Detector. * 10. Look in the Mirror. This book is useful to all ages and experience levels of business leaders, that is if you want to be one of the top 5. Posers need not apply. Good easy read, that lasts a lifetime. Lessons from those who have done it.
This book reads as an insider's look at the life shaping moments of CEOs and is a who's who of the 'C Suite' in American business. I found it to be a very engaging book that links the common threads of people's desire for leadership to the shaping experiences (good and bad) that motivated them to achieve. In the spirit of Harvey Mackay's 'How to Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive,' the book is written by an author who is an accomplished businessman and trusted advisor. The insights he shares about people behind the public personas are very real. I liked the variety of stories and the coverage of men and women in business-stories on Shelly Lazurus and Cathleen Black as well as Jack Welch and David Neelman. The personal stories of the leaders of businesses and the synchronistic experiences that landed them in their positions is very inspiring. The author Stephen Baum is a CEOs coach but this book is valuable reading to both current and aspiring leaders. With chapters on Integrity (Doing the Right Thing When No One is Looking) and Angels (If You Want to Climb Everest, Get Yourself a Sherpa)-it is a refreshing take on American business and a reminder of the good that great leaders aspire to. There is alot of wisdom here. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!