What the Best CEOs Know: 7 Exceptional Leaders and Their Lessons for Transforming Any Business

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jeffrey A. Krames
Narrator: Unknown
Genres: Business & Economics, Management & Leadership
Publisher: American Media International
Published In: March 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Michael Dell ... Bill Gates ... Lou Gerstner ... Andy Grove ... Herb Kelleher ... Sam Walton ... Jack Welch ...

What the Best CEOs Know goes beyond theory and guesswork to look at how seven contemporary business icons carved their own paths to the pinnacles of corporate achievement. This no-nonsense guide isolates and examines the specific skills and styles that contributed to each CEO's well-documented achievements. Its straightforward, sometimes startling, but always battle-tested guidelines for achievement include:

* How Bill Gates trusted the instincts of his employees and successfully transformed Microsoft into a leading Web driver and innovator
* How Andy Grove fostered awareness in his troops--what he calls paranoia--to sense threats and turn them to Intel's competitive advantage
* How Michael Dell created a computer juggernaut by placing customers at the epicenter of his enterprise
* How Jack Welch created a learning infrastructure, aligning rewards with results to make GE an organization that harnessed the ideas and intellect of every employee
* Herb Kelleher's rules for creating an exceptional small company culture, even as Southwest grew to more than 30,000 employees

Along with subject interviews and expert analyses, What the Best CEOs Know features interactive What Would (the CEO) Do? case studies, Assessing Your CEO Quotient self-tests, and other innovative features to help you apply these traits and strategies to your own career. Contributions from CEOs and leading business theorists, including Philip Kotler, examine the CEOs from different viewpoints and add insights to particular concepts. Each chapter concludes with additional suggestions for adapting and implementing industry-specific ideas to improve your own organization.

Bestselling business author Jeffrey Krames is renowned for identifying the essence of leadership and communicating it in terms that are easy to both understand and apply. In What the Best CEOs Know, he reveals the defining traits, strategies, and accomplishments of today's captains of corporate innovation--and delivers a vastly entertaining yet comprehensively researched framework for breakthrough success in virtually any industry or environment.

Reviews (3)

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Written by Dave Paulson on July 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent resource on the practices of several of the best business leaders of our time. There's something to learn from the story of each CEO, and even more in the contrast between some of these great leaders. This is a great book. I found it easy to listen to and quite interesting, though, in my opinion, the case studies did more to detract from the message than add to it.

Exceptional Leadership

Written by APDS4 on April 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent treatise on modern leadership and corporate knowhow. Anyone who desires to actually learn and practice the skills of leadership should put this book on their must read list. It was well written and easy to listen to.

What the Best CEO's know

Written by Richard Zdanis on June 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I believe that this is the first book of the many that I have reviewed that I have given 5 stars to. What a great resource! I had no problem listening a 2nd and 3rd time to it before returning it. As you go through each of the CEO's, you realize underlying similarities, as well as an understanding of how their philosophies span into other areas. Definitely a must read (listen)!!

Author Details

Author Details

Krames, Jeffrey A.

Jeffrey A. Krames is publisher and editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill's trade division. The editor of four previous books on Jack Welch, including the national bestseller "Jack Welch and the GE Way", Krames has written for "The New York Times", "The Wall Street Journal", "Barron's", and other publications. He has appeared on CNN and PBS and been quoted in "Time", "Newsweek", "BusinessWeek", and other periodicals.