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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (June 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071794980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071794985
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


More About the Author

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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This is a book i recommend to all students of leadership.
Charles W. Wasike
I await the arrival of his new books at my local bookstore like a teenage girl waits for opening ticket sales for a Justin Beiber concert.
Book Hawk
Great series of examples, quotes and real business perspectives from top leaders.
Robert C. Urbanowicz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Ives on February 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Transformative CEO by Jeffrey J. Fox and Robert Reiss identifies a number of common personal qualities and approaches taken by celebrity CEOs in building or turning around their companies. Jeffrey and Robert then breakdown these items into supporting subparts and provides a series of quotes from notable CEOs in support of each subpart.

Specific topics covered by The Transformative CEO include:

- Turning around a company
- Building superior customer service
- Thinking big and going global
- Performing while transforming
- Having a higher purpose
- Innovating and making everything better

Why You Should Not Buy This Book

I found The Transformative CEO to be shallow and largely uninsightful. While the book does provide some overarching characteristics and approaches of successful chief executives, I found many of these items to be common sense truisms, philosophies most junior managers and graduate level business students would stipulate. That renown CEOs agree with these premises serves to give them credibility but does little to suggest how the reader should implement the recommended approaches.

The book suggests actions to improve the management decision-making process. Surprisingly, these actions – the most valuable and explicit points made in the book – are largely unsupported by CEO comments.

Alternative Recommendation

I believe there are certain qualities, characteristics, and approaches common among successful CEOs. Furthermore, I believe CEOs set the tone and tenor of the organization over which they preside and so embodying these traits is important.

I recommend The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Hawk on October 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Jeffrey Fox. His writing style is both engaging and informative. I await the arrival of his new books at my local bookstore like a teenage girl waits for opening ticket sales for a Justin Beiber concert.

The Transformative CEO should be a well worn book, full of dog ears, on every serious manager's book shelf. This 33 chapter book touches upon so many relevant issues that are crucial in today's challenging business world. The chapters are short, concise, and easy to read. What makes this book so good is the blending of sound advice with testimonials and comments from some of the country's leading CEOs.

The discussions on culture are worth the price of the book. On page 14 of this great read, Jeffrey Fox writes, "Create a winning atmosphere. Make it perfectly clear what good performance means. Get rid of mediocrity. Get rid of constant doomsayers. Be sure everyone understands the ethics of the company."

If you read this book and slowly integrate the suggestions and ideas into your day-to-day business, your survivability and profitability will both increase. This book is that good.

Enjoy this book. Check out Jeffrey Fox's other books. Like this book, they are all simply great!
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Format: Hardcover
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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