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About the Author

Jeffrey J. Fox is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller How to Become CEO and Audie Award winner Rain. Founder of Fox and Company, he works with Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, IBM, and Ametek, among others. He is a popular speaker.
Robert Reiss is founder and host of The CEO Show syndicated to more than 600,000 listeners. His company publishes The CEO Forum, a quarterly magazine with a subscription base of exclusively 10,000 top CEOs. Reiss is a frequent keynote speaker on lessons from CEOs.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071794980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071794985
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grew up in a small town. Saw Mickey Mantle hit several home runs at Yankee Stadium. State high school baseball champions. Full scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Featured in the book, How to Succeed in Business Before Graduating From College. Played rugby at Harvard Business School. Married to the same girl since 1968. Bought an old house and moved it three miles next to a brook. Broke leg playing rugby for the Hartford Wanderers. Retired from rugby. Lived in San Francisco and worked in the wine business. Three children and their families. Own some small businesses. Oodles of dogs and birds. Favorite cities outside the US are Paris, Florence, Istanbul, Montreal. Favorite small towns are Bellagio, Siena, Zihuatenejo, Mufugano Island, Bodrhum. Started Fox&Co. in 1982. Wrote eight books.


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Each year, the average tenure of a new CEO becomes shorter and is about 36 months as I begin this brief commentary. One of several major reasons for this is the fact that change really is - and will continue to be -- the only constant in the global business world as it occurs faster and in greater number, requiring business leaders and their organizations to respond faster and with greater effectiveness. In this context, the title of one of Marshall Goldsmith's most valuable books is especially relevant, asserting that "what got you here won't get you there." In fact, I'm convinced that what got you here won't even allow you to remain here (wherever and whatever "here" is). Continuous improvement has become constant improvement and that can only be achieved by organizational transformation. Once again, I am reminded of Pogo the possum's epiphany: "We have met the enemy and he is us."

All this is by way of introducing material in a book co-authored by Jeffrey Fox and Robert Reiss in which they feature 44 CEOs who share the "impact lessons" they learned while leading initiatives to achieve organizational transformation. These are real executives in real companies who candidly discuss real-world crises, perils, and opportunities. It is accurate to call them game-changers only if it is clearly understood that the "game" was played in their heads and hearts (and yes, guts) as well as in the C-suite, throughout the given enterprise, and within the given industry.

There are 33 brief chapters, focusing on major business challenges, to each of which several CEOs contribute insights and experiences as well as thoughts and feelings, in collaboration with Fox and Reiss. The reference to "impact" earlier includes one's self, one's colleagues, and one's organization.
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THE TRANSFORMATIVE CEO: LESSONS FROM INDUSTRY GAME CHANGERS (McGraw-Hill) by Jeffrey J. Fox and Robert Reiss is a book that features interviews with 44 top executives from some of the most successful corporations in America.

Fox, one of my favorite business authors, and Reiss, founder and host of THE CEO SHOW, have taken the interviews and incorporated them into 32 brief chapters that give advice on such topics as turning around a company, building superior customer service, thinking big and going global, performing while transforming, having a higher purpose and innovating to make everything better.

One of the keys to accomplish this is to:

* Get the right people. The transformative CEO is like a professional sports team coach: always looking for the best athletes; putting the players in the right positions; making sure every player knows what to do to win. The transformative CEO knows the culture he or she wants, and hires and fires, in the context of that culture. If the CEO makes a hiring mistake, he or she admits it, and fixes the mistake.

In addition, the transformative CEO leads by example:

* Jim Gillespie was a brand new real estate agent starting out, and he had no money. He represented a poor, elderly couple in selling their house. He sold the house, his second sale, and gave back his entire commission to his clients. Years later, Jim Gillespie is CEO, Coldwell Banker, leading 87,000 global agents and employees.

He or she also is not afraid to seek help, as we demonstrated by the following tidbit that I have often used in my professional career:

* Have a "Kitchen Cabinet" (first used by President Andrew Jackson in 1832).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patric Hale on July 18, 2012
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If you could interview 44 of the most successful CEOs in America today and find out why they were successful and what lessons they learned along the way about being a successful CEO, would you do it? If your answer is "yes", this is the book you want to buy!

I've read hundreds of business books from academicians, consultants, and CEOs themselves. Most are disadvantaged because publishers need 150-200 pages to create "a book", but none of the authors would actually sit still for an "executive summary" that long in real life. So how is this 200-page book different?

First, it isn't just about one CEO and his/her experience, as valuable as those bios are. Nor is it an academician's or consultant's analysis of imperical research to prove a point, as valuable as that is, too, depending on the point. Instead it is a succinct encapsulization of the real life conclusions - "executive summaries" - from 44 CEOs who have "been there, done that" and succeeded! No gravy, no mash potatoes or side dishes - just pure hot, sizzling steak.

Second, as Joe Friday used to say, "Just the facts, Ma'am". This book gets to the point of those lessons quickly and is pure filet in terms of its corporate wisdom. There's really no fluff in the edit just to fill pages.

Third, because of the above, the book flows quickly and it can be read in a couple of hours and you'll walk away completely satisfied with the lessons learned. Its "travel-friendly" size (about half the size of normal business books) makes it convenient to take along on the plane or to the beach and learn quickly what CEOs took years to learn.
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