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It's Lonely at the Top!: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Leader of Your Small Company Hardcover – September 2, 2011

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About the Author

Oswald R. Viva is the founder and president of the consulting company V&A Management, LLC. He has served as a manager, a CEO, and an executive coach for small and large companies, and he has participated in eight startups as an entrepreneur. He currently lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146204655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462046553
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oswald R Viva was born in Argentina and came to the US as a young man 53 years ago. He has been married for all those 53 years to the one and only; has four children and 12 grandchildren. Spent most of his career in the high-tech industry, starting with IBM. Participated in 8 start-ups and held a number of executive positions, including multiple CEO jobs. Served in the Board of Directors of 7 entrepreneurial companies. As a business owner he successfully run three ventures. As a management consultant and coach he has concentrated on working with small and midsize companies. Has accumulated over 14,ooo hours of coaching CEOs and executives. His new book "Its Lonely at the Top" is a guide to help owners/CEOs of small and midsize companies become the best leaders they can be. The advice and suggestions given are based on real life experiences accumulated throughout his career.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John F. Dini on October 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book that you can both read, and then keep around for reference, this fills the bill nicely. Mr. Viva walks through the issues and roles of leading a company step-by-step. It is organized both chronologically (through an owner's career from becoming a CEO to exiting) and functionally (chapters on delegating, planning, culture and accountability).

Perhaps the best part is when the author steps out of the book to lend personal narrative. "From my bag" has anecdotes and real-life situations from his own business experience, and "Coaching Tips" gives you advice on implementing as if he were sitting in the room with you.

I plan on adding this to our library for business owner clients, and am sure we will give away many copies in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Berry on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Viva's book is a masterpiece of reality. It should be a MUST READ for all entrepreneurs, budding entrepreneurs, CEOs, GMs, and professional coaches. Loaded with real concerns, situations and fears of those at the top, it presents a reader-friendly pathway to achieving excellence in management and leadership. I have strongly recommended it to scores of clients and business associates and it gets rave reviews from all who have an open mind. I makes us feel that although we are still in command, we are no longer alone. The helpful self-questionnaires and planning guides are a welcome (yet rare) addition to the work.
Wayne Berry, CEO, Aquarius International Corporation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Hull on January 14, 2012
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It's Lonely At The Top is clearly what it bills itself to be -- a practical guide for business owners. But it is much more, it is a reference tool owners will refer to time and time again. Whether a strategic issue around business direction, structure or leadership, or more tactical issues such as managing employees, working through cash flow issues or any of the myriad of questions that arise on a daily basis, Mr. Oswald's real world experience and expertise presents solutions and a path forward in clear, concise and yes, practical manner. In my work with business owners, this book is now a staple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MDBraceman on October 23, 2011
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It is lonely at the top and who can you trust for real advice? All CEOs suspect employees do not always tell you the straight picture. Lawyers, accountants and consultants can help, but few have actual business experience and practical advice beyond their specialty training.

Oswald Viva's book fills a need and contains a lifetime of education, training and experience as a former CEO and as a successful coach to non-Fortune 500 CEOs.

The coaching suggestions are particularly useful and the book can be an on-going reference guide for the new or seasoned CEO. Enjoy the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mikep on September 28, 2011
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I was given this book as a gift. It took me about 10 seconds to realize this was a practical read with a lot of take home value for a business owner. This is the type of book that makes a difference even if the reader only takes out a few things that they use regularly in their business and there are more than a few things to extract.
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