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After interviewing 2,600 high-performing senior executives, veteran executive consultants Ron A. Carucci and Eric C. Hansen offer an excellent manifesto for new leaders. […] They learned what traits, behaviors and actions make good leaders great – regardless of their organization or industry. The result is an up-to-date, indispensable guide to becoming a senior leader and succeeding at the top. […] Carucci and Hansen pull no punches in this smart set of instructions for new bosses. getAbstract recommends their findings as essential reading for executives moving up.
- Rated 9/10 by getAbstract
Executives stumble in new jobs at least half the time. How do you avoid the failure trap? That’s the question Carucci and Hansen answer.
Boasting a prestigious list of clients including Fortune 50 companies as well as authorship of some seven books, former organization development professor (Fordham Univ.) and seasoned consultant Carucci joins with experienced executive and fellow consultant Hansen in producing a guide for rising executives. Their stated purpose is to diminish the ''growing disconnect between readiness and expectation among new executives'' and to identify for organizations ''mechanisms required to multiply and unleash executive capacity.'' Skills and traits for successful transition that have been distilled into categories termed Breadth, Choice, Context, and Connection were derived from text analysis of survey responses from over 100 executives, with increasing company stock price as the criterion for executive success. Well-worn advice about demolishing silos, cultivating 360-degree information networks, building mutual trust, setting priorities, strategic decision making, openness to innovation, problem solving, and developing extensive knowledge about one's company and industry is mingled with admonishments to use one's power for good and to create an organization that fosters joy and loves fully engaged employees back. The takeaway is that since ascent to power can't be separated from personal sacrifice, occasional setbacks, and relinquishment of many characteristics and behaviors heretofore associated with success, a upcoming executive should hold fast to the vision of lasting success that can be achieved under his or her leadership. ---Library Journal Review
“In Rising to Power, Carucci and Hansen offer aspiring executives great advice as they face the challenges of transitioning into executive roles. They help executives shift from being overwhelmed and potentially paralyzed to mastering the executive altitude of organizations. The book offers great cases and thoughtful insights that will help any executive facing transition be more successful and make a lasting impact.”
-- Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan Partner in The RBL Group and bestselling author of The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations that Win
“Rising to Power unmasks the trials and triumphs of climbing the executive ranks. Based on a decade-long study and their extensive consulting experience, Ron Carucci and Eric Hansen show why some leaders flounder and others flourish.”
-- Adam Grant, Professor, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and bestselling author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
“Having watched many leaders rise to executive levels of organizations and struggle to meet the unforeseen demands those roles bring, I believe Rising to Power is a timely and impacting roadmap by which leaders can successfully ascend to executive ranks, and make powerful contributions once there. For leaders aspiring to top level roles in their organizations, I strongly suggest reading this first, and raising your odds of success.”
-- Dave West, President & CEO, Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Foods)
"In a sea of leadership sameness, Carucci and Hansen have emerged with a disruptive view of what modern-day executives should look and act like. Anyone who humbly occupies an executive leadership seat and desires to build a legacy of sustainable results must apply the lessons of this book. Do yourself, your shareholders, and your associates a favor—make the change today."
-- Ken Krivanec, CEO, Quadrant Homes
“Real. Powerful. Inspiring. Tough. Rising to Power provides a perspective on leadership that is easily relatable while being equally as challenging. If every management book could be this straightforward the leaders running the companies of today and tomorrow would be positioned for greatness!”
-- Tom Stillwell, CEO, Midnight Oil
“Don’t even think about taking a promotion to any type of ‘Vice President’ job or any role that starts with ‘Chief’ unless you have read this book first. There isn’t anyone who has moved into an executive role that hasn’t faced challenges brilliantly articulated and addressed in this book—the struggle to balance risk taking and decision making with confidence, patience, and trust without becoming completely paralyzed by the newfound power and magnitude of the issues at hand. If you want your leadership to effect remarkable good in the organization and lives of those you lead, start reading.”
-- Megan Bilson, Vice President, Global Head of Learning, American Express
“Anyone who has made the transition to an executive leadership position will immediately recognize themselves, along with the pitfalls of assuming a high-level role, within the pages of this book. It is a powerful and poignant wake-up call to leadership everywhere about how to adapt to and best use the inherent power of your role. Rising to Power is an excellent resource for current leaders, aspiring leaders, and HR professionals supporting succession management and leadership development within their organizations. Carucci and Hansen provide a compelling mirror and a practical, holistic approach to the productive use of power for top talent rising to the most critical positions of an organization.”
-- Mark Hamberlin, Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition, Danaher Corporation
About the Author
Ron A. Carucci, Managing Partner at Navalent, is a seasoned consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50 to start-up in pursuit of transformational change. He has taught at the graduate school level, and is the author of seven other books, including the acclaimed Leadership Divided: What Emerging Leaders need and what you Might be Missing.
Eric C. Hansen, managing partner at Navalent, has thirty years of business management, executive leadership and consulting experience having worked for The May Company, Intel Corporation, AT&T Capital Corporation, Hallmark Cards, Inc., and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business, and a master's degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.
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Unlike many lesser books, Rising to Power is grounded in a deep understanding of the ways leadership differs by level. Ron and Eric haven't repackaged conventional wisdom. They have carefully, and with a fresh eye, analyzed years of experience and research. Their actionable advice touches on all three aspects of leadership which I define in this way, "leadership is "using the greatness in you to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others." You will find important guidance and prompts for personal reflection that touch in a balanced way on:
- the internal personal work,
- relationships and
- business acumen required to succeed at the top of organizations and navigate transitions on the way up.
Organizational waters are choppy by definition, and can become tsunamic by misstep. Ron and Eric's practical guidance will help anyone who takes it seriously successfully navigate their way.
Rising to Power has become complementary content in our programs for top talent in the pipeline for executive positions. It's a legitimate must read!
Fortunately, we have Ron Carucci's and Erik Hansen's book, who have done an incredibly fine job summing up what it takes to be an executive in the post-Enron/21st century world. Ron and Erik divide their book into how leaders should ascend to their rank, adjust to their positions, assert themselves, and how to “affect” others. I don’t want this review to be a simple summary of what they’ve written, so I’ll lead with a couple of concepts that helped me and then let you make up your own mind.
The first idea was this concept of working from a higher strategic altitude, of leaving behind the coordinating and operating system from which you emerged, to focus on the strategic. Executives they warn, “play too low” in their organization at times, and if they are down in the weeds, then who is running the corporation and making strategic decisions?
Secondly, I’m an individual contributor at my company. I talk to executives in my one-on-ones and with customers sometimes, but this book really opened my eyes to the challenges they faced. I’m not sure if Ron or Erik intended this when writing the book, but this book really gave me an appreciation for what the leaders at my/any company face. Things I had no idea about such as idealization and objectification from their subordinates, the expectation of being clairvoyant, etc. For background, I work at a major software company with perhaps 8 layers of management above me, so it really pays off for me understanding the many people who control my work-life.
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Look in conclusion, if you are going to be executive, or just want to have a fulfilling career and understand the organization you are part of, you can afford to spend the money on this book as well as invest the time. I know you’ll find it worth it.
Read this book, burn a little forest and become the leader you have always wanted to be!