Start reading The Mind Of The CEO on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

The Mind Of The CEO [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey E. Garten
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $11.99 What's this?
Print List Price: $17.00
Kindle Price: $9.99
You Save: $7.01 (41%)

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.99  
Hardcover --  
Paperback $15.30  
Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

Based on extensive and highly personal interviews with forty chief executives around the world-among them GE's Jack Welch, AOL's Steven Case, Intel's Andy Grove, Newscorp's Rupert Murdoch, BP Amoco's John Browne, Nokia's Jorma Olilla, and Toyota's Hiroshi Okuda-The Mind of the CEO takes us on a journey into the innermost thoughts of today's corporate titans and paints a compelling picture of the strategic and daily challenges facing them. Jeffrey Garten's findings are a challenge to those who are suspicious of corporate power, those who believe CEOs should focus only on enriching shareholders, and even to many CEOs who see their jobs much more narrowly. No one interested in the future can afford not to read, think about, and debate this book.

Editorial Reviews Review

Yale Management School dean and BusinessWeek columnist Jeffrey Garten has written a provocative if perhaps mistitled book. Billed as a "journey into the innermost thoughts of corporate titans," The Mind of the CEO is really about Garten's own thoughts. He makes no pretense at being objective, admitting: "I want to talk about the awesome challenges CEOs face as seen through what they said to me and as filtered through my own experiences and my own thoughts."

Garten uses his interviews with 40 household names--including Intel's Andy Grove, GE's Jack Welch, PepsiCo's Roger Enrico, and AOL's Steve Case--to articulate his own questions and strategies for CEOs to thrive during the "third Industrial Revolution." He interprets these interviews through the lens of his tenures on Wall Street, at Yale, and as President Clinton's Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade. Among the challenges he analyzes: what CEOs are doing (or must do) to win the Internet wars and meet the challenges of going global, why CEOs must emphasize the "true north" of consistent values, and how a shareholder is different from a stakeholder. With great clarity, he details the demise of several CEOs who resigned under pressure, including Aetna's Richard Huber and Xerox's Richard Thoman, and suggests that "a vision without execution is a hallucination."

Yet Garten's core concern--and one where he is most passionate--is how to expand the leadership role of CEOs on the world stage. He urges leaders to curb their ethnocentrism and to take more responsibility for creating a world environment in which everyone can prosper. By framing this issue of leaders as world citizens, Garten raises smart and searching questions for a wired world economy. --Barbara Mackoff

From Publishers Weekly

The Dean of the Yale School of Management as well as a Business Week columnist and a former Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, Garten interviewed some of today's foremost business leaders, including Jack Welch, Andrew Grove, Stephen Case and Rupert Murdoch. These CEOs offer insights into the demands of the new economy, in which companies must focus on global competition, social responsibility and attracting and retaining talent. Organized by theme ("The Next Internet Wars," "Being Global," etc.), the book provides an excellent, pertinent summary of significant business issues by people in the know. Given Garten's strong reputation and his recent interviews with principals in GE's acquisition of Honeywell, this book should easily find a wide readership.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1005 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009IU4XJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
3.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Mind of the CEO March 20, 2001
By A Customer
Nothing new here. The book was moderately interesting. As CEO of a company company based in the midwest, I was looking for real insight. This book offered nothing new and frankly ended on a sour note for me. Clearly, Jeffrey Garten is without any serious and current operational experience or he would understand how his liberal, government centric views don't work in today's business environment. Had Mr. Garten operated his own business for any period of time, he would know that it is more than a full-time job to satisfy investors/shareholders, staff, boards, customers and other interested parties - not to mention directing trade policy for the federal government. If private business spends more time leading public policy and less time in business, what would that do for shareholders, domestic and global economy? I especially enjoyed the part towards the end of the book where Garten, as "part of the first Clinton Administration", take credit for the end of the Cold War with Russia and tearing down the Berlin Wall - sorry attempt to take credit for something he nothing to do with as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. This book is weak and I am sorry I took time out of my busy schedule to read about Garten's view of the world.
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vapid May 11, 2002
By A Customer
As other reviewers note, this book offers little insight into the internal workings of the CEO mind and is rather filled with trite quotations and the author's own speculations. One inescapable conclusion is that the reader searching for some wisdom among America's CEO's or deans of Yale's business school is likely to be disappointed. Perhaps rising to the top is neither evidence of some greater intellectual power nor of an ability to articulate novel ideas nor even of any particular talent. Rising to the top is more a reflection of one's ability to acquire and wield power and thus it should neither surprise nor disappoint us that the "leaders" at the top, both in business and academics, aren't all that smart. Perhaps that is the lesson from this trivial little work.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mindless CEO is more like it November 20, 2001
Somehow a lot of books get published that contain at best useless advice and at worse propaganda that helps to perpetuate the gross inequalities of the American (and evr more so Global) corporate experience. As you read this review, please note that I'm not one of those fanatical, badly dressed, no-taste anti-globalization vandals.
The Mind of the CEO is shallow and this despite the fact that its author, Jeffrey Garten is the dean of the Yale School of management (I suppose i can kiss goodbye to my application for a Yale MBA). At the same time it is telling that much of the obtuse thinking that has invaded management circles in recent decades has roots in the very academic circles that are supposed to enlighten it with something deeper. Gartner interviews 40 of the world's 'top' (you'll gain a renewed appreciation of 'Bottom'when you read what 'top' is) to find out what makes their companies successful. Jack welch (who proves my point further with his new biographical masterpiece Jack), Jurgen Schrempp - an odd choice given his fiasco at Chrysler -, Andy Grove of Intel and other luminaries. The interviws or ' chats' only show how muddy corporate thinking is. Strategy is the most invoked word and none of the 40 stars says anything remotely different from each other. Some of the brilliant nuggets include "Consumers are going to want choices that make sense to them". "The next big step of going global is goping to be be going local". I only wish the CEO's would finally learn where they have to go. Someone should show them the way.
The ultimate and inadvertent message of the book is that CEO's have no more clues about the 'marketplace' than the rest of us and even less about innovations in management thinking. beware the next management technique, mission statement and seminar.
Unfortunately, being unoriginal and offering repackaged stale solutions earns CEO's several dollars and hero status.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garten's Observations...and a Mandate May 26, 2001
In the Introduction, Garten explains that his objective is to share "the most important thoughts that run through the minds of some of the world's leaders as a group. I was looking for patterns from which to draw conclusions, patterns derived from what was said and what wasn't." He interviewed 40 prominent CEOs worldwide who include C. Michael Armstrong (AT&T), Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg L.P.), Richard Branson, (Virgin Management Ltd.), Stephen M. Case (American Online, Inc.), Michael S. Dell (Dell Computer Corporation), Roger A, Enrico (PepsiCo, Inc.), Andrew S. Grove (Intel Corporation), Rupert Murdoch (The News Corporation Limited), Hiroshi Okuda (Toyota Motor Corporation), Jurgen E. Schrempp (DaimlerChrysler AG), George Soros ((Soros Fund Management LLC.), and John F. Welch, Jr. (General Electric Company). "I tried to come to grips with what I thought of the environment CEOs faced, how they were dealing with it, and what more, if anything, they ought to be doing."
This is a very revealing statement because it correctly suggests that the mind of Jeffrey E. Garten is as much involved in this book as are the minds of those CEOs he interviewed. Indeed, Garten shares several judgments of his own. For example, Garten asserts that global CEOs are not nearly as powerful as many people now assume as they struggle with three kinds of challenges amidst the third industrial revolution: "First, they have their hands full with the central strategic problems of how to take advantage of the Internet and the global economy. Second, they face certain everyday dilemmas of leading and managing corporate Goliaths.. And third, they have roles to play on the world political, economic, and social stage.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but practical
This book was written prior to 9/11 and has a very growth oriented view that resulted from the expansion of the 1990s. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by Jer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
This book provides another perspective on the mind of the CEO. Worth reading.
Published on June 16, 2003 by Chris Harper
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy PDF format. Buy the book!
This pdf version misses a lot of pages. Not worth getting it.
Published on November 8, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars The mind of the Ceo
After reading this book, I have a deep understanding of what problems Ceos face in thier businesses. They need to tackle the challenges of the gobalization and internet. Read more
Published on November 21, 2001 by Fung Ka Wai
1.0 out of 5 stars E-book is a disappointment.
After reading the reviews of the book, I expected much more. The e-book really just whets your appetite with generalities (e.g. Read more
Published on November 18, 2001 by Michael Knudstrup
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read, but exasperating at times
This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the worldviews of some of the world's top CEOs. Garten also offers his prescriptions for how he thinks those worldviews should be... Read more
Published on September 6, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
The CEO has, for me at least, always been something of a celebrity. I have always wondered what life is like for a person who is responsible for 1000's of jobs and millions of... Read more
Published on July 6, 2001 by Ghost in the Matrix
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of his mind to the CEOs'.
If you need an authentic report on what the men at the helm of Corporate America have on their agenda for action, this book certainly adds value. Read more
Published on May 3, 2001 by B.Sudhakar Shenoy
3.0 out of 5 stars How about the women?
Were only male CEO's interviewed? I know there are still only a few women in these ranks yet I keep reading how women make great leaders because of their relationship skills to... Read more
Published on February 16, 2001
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category