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From the Back Cover

When you’re CEO material, everyone knows it. But it has to start with you.

“Debra is the leadership Peter Drucker of the 21st Century.”
―John Bianchi, CEO, Frontier Gunleather

CEO Material is a practical, engaging, and people savvy instruction manual on how to dial up your leadership effectiveness and enhance your career.”
―Jim Goldman, CEO and president, Godiva Chocolatier

“Whether you are already part way up the organizational ladder or just on the first rung, if you only have time to read one book this year … this one is a must!”
―Gordon Peters, founding chairman, CEO, The Institute for Management Studies

“A great book for pausing, taking stock and asking: Am I developing all the qualities of character that will allow me to lead and achieve great things?”
―Rick O’Donnell, CEO and president, Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence

“One effective way to learn how to become a CEO is to spend years learning from the best. But, if you don’t have that much time, you can simply read CEO Material.”
―Rulon F. Stacey, Ph.D., president and CEO, Poudre Valley Health System, and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner

About the Author

D. A. (Debra) Benton is a bestselling author, speaker, and executive coach in high demand. Her client list reads like a “Who’s Who” of success stories, from Campbell’s Soup and Dell Computer to McDonald’s and Time Warner. She has been featured in Time, BusinessWeek, Fortune, and The New York Times and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and CNN. Her bestselling books include Executive Charisma and How to Act Like a CEO. Visit D. A. Benton at debrabenton.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071605452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071605458
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book from Debra Benton, the New York Times Best Seller author, does a fascinating job of telling us what a CEO is supposed to be, and what is meant by leadership.

Debra is the premier world class executive coach and educator who has created a monumental and real basis to judge CEOs. Her trademark extensive research and intensive fact finding interviews with CEOs and others, insight, and clear and easy to understand writing has made a masterpiece that out does her own previous work.

In my opinion, we are all CEOs of our own lives, therefore CEOs of our work and career. This book helps us regardless of where we stand in the corporate organization charts. It shows us the way up in clear and concise steps. This book empowers us to understand what it is to be a CEO and how to lead at any level of the organization.

You do not have to be a CEO to benefit from this book. This book is written for all of us who are working.

In view of all the negative images of CEOs broadcast in media in 2008-2009, this is a timely and productive insight to tell us what is right and what is not right. It helps CEOs understand and implement highest levels of integrity and profitability as two interdependent processes and procedures.

In fact, the entire media is telling us what a CEO and leadership at any level of organization is not supposed to be. This book single-handedly tells us how to be an outstanding CEO, and more importantly, how to lead. As a senior management consultant in Silicon Valley, CA I found the material in this book to be the authoritative confidence builder that many CEOs, leaders, management, and workers have been looking for to find better success in the work place.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the greatest lessons is that each of us must take charge of life or life will take charge of us. Debra Benton once again delivers the primer on the knowledge and practical steps one must take to be in charge of one's own career and its success. CEO Material not only is for CEOs and those in the making, but for everyone who wants professional and personal success. And, at heart, every person wants to be his or her level best. Benton has written another indispensable book for grasping how to move ahead, differentiate yourself, and happily lead.
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Debra has a real gift for taking a complex topic and turning it into both an entertaining and yet personally challenging adventure. There is much here from her earlier work but with a slightly different twist, including lots of challenges like "If you choose to... (because it is your choice)" and solid, tested, and trusted recommendations in nearly every paragraph.
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I would say this book is best for entry to mid-level managers in an organization to understand what it takes to be successful at an executive level. I don't think the book describes the CEO job particularly clearly but I do think it gives great advice for younger people trying to understand what leadership is all about. I would give it to high potential managers as a way to refine their game.
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If all you did was read the chapter headings, you would gain much of the wisdom of the ages when it comes to working with others. I believe that the simple, elegant writing and stories will resonate with people in ALL facets of their life.

I have made Debra's other books suggested reading for years. This book is the best one yet, and I will be getting a copy for each of my management team. No longer suggested, this will be required reading.
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I was given an advance copy of this book by my boss to read. Usually, I am not a huge fan of these kinds of books. However, this book is different so I decided to purchase it. Debra Benton describes the practices and attitudes of many of today's leaders. As a recent graduate who is new to the working world, I have already had some success incorporating her suggestions into my daily routine. These practices have not gone unnoticed by my superiors and colleagues who now to turn to me when they need something done.

While it will take me years to master, I recommend this book for anyone who is looking to succeed as a leader in business or any other setting. In college and graduate school I was a member of and ran a number of organizations. While reading this book, I recognized a number of the principles discussed from my own experiences. In retrospect, I realize how I could have done things differently and better by incorporating many of her other ideas. This book is a great resource containing a wealth of knowledge for anyone who is looking to improve their leadership skills.

As an interesting side note, on a few occasions I have had the pleasure of talking on the phone with Debra Benton. It is clear that she lives the ideas and practices that she writes. After reading her book, I have noticed so do many of the successful people I respect.
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CEO Material: How to Be a Leader in Any Organization

Debra Benton has done it again! "CEO Material: How to Be a Leader in Any Organization" provides a wealth of valuable insights that will help any person in any business role improve their professional reputation and leadership skills.

"CEO Material" is well organized and each chapter includes helpful hints, key messages and lots of CEO quotes from many industries and points of view. Debra delivers insightful and down-to-earth advice that has helped me better understand how people really consider, evaluate and rate the potential of their business associates.

Debra's writing style is direct, personal, and easy to read. Once I started the first chapter I just couldn't put the book down! I've marked SO MANY pages for future reference that I know this will be a book I keep on my desktop to ensure I focus on what is really important in my day-to-day business activities.

I strongly recommend this book for both new and seasoned professionals. This is a must-have book for business people seeking to improve their leadership effectiveness and for pro-actively driving their career toward CEO. Thanks Debra for creating and sharing this practical leadership guide.
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