- Hardcover: 225 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047178883X
- ISBN-13: 978-0471788836
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,328,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Sandbox to the Corner Office: Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top Hardcover – October 6, 2006
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When you think of how high-powered executives and CEOs end up in the lavish corner office, certain things probably come to mind, such as an Ivy League education, personal connections, or even a silver spoon. While these factors may sometimes play a role in making it to the top, in most cases there is something else that propels these individuals to the upper tier of their careers. That something else is the ability to use their life experiencesand the lessons learned from themto gain a competitive edge.
Author Eve Tahmincioglu is a regular contributor to the New York Times business section and for the past five years she has been one of the main writers of its popular "The Boss" column. It is here where she discovered how life's lessons have allowed some of today's best leaders to make it to the top of their profession. And now, with From the Sandbox to the Corner Office, Tahmincioglu looks to share these lessons with you.
Based on more than fifty interviews with some of today's top executives and leaders from all walks of life, From the Sandbox to the Corner Office offers key lessons for those looking to achieve success in today's world of business, nonprofits, and government. In each engaging chapter, CEOs who run major organizations, as well as entrepreneurs who have made a name for themselves, vividly recount the professional and personal experiencesas a child and an adultthat taught them lessons about life, work, and leadership. Along the way, these individuals talk about everything from their parents, first jobs, and career moves to seeking out mentors, overcoming adversity, and dealing with bad bosses.
Some of the people you'll hear from include:
- Richard Parsons, CEO of Time Warner
- Pernille Spiers-Lopez, President of IKEA North America
- Brian Gallagher, President of the United Way
- Ralph de la Vega, COO of Cingular Wireless
- Christie Hefner, CEO of Playboy Enterprises
Filled with real-world stories and practical advice, From the Sandbox to the Corner Office offers valuable insights that anyone can usewhether you aspire to run a global organization, start your own company, or help your children get off on the right foot.
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Praise for FROM THE SANDBOX TO THE CORNER OFFICE
"From the Sandbox to the Corner Office offers remarkable insights about the ways our childhood and early life shapes who we become at work. This illuminating book not only helps us understand the recurring patterns in our leadership but also shows us, as parents, how our behavior at home prepares our children to contribute their very best in the workplace."
Kate Ludeman, Executive Coach and coauthor of Alpha Male Syndrome: Curb the Belligerence, Channel the Brilliance
"Sandbox is a terrific book about overcoming something we almost dare not name today: adversity. Today's adults know little of it, parents are certainly terrified by it, children are not allowed to experience it. But the leaders in Tahmincioglu's book often got where they were only because they were allowed to triumph through it. Sandbox is a much needed wake-up call for our culture!"
Betsy Hart, author of It Takes a Parent: How the Culture of Pushover Parenting Is Hurting Our Kidsand What to Do About It
"There is no clear path to becoming a great business leader. You need to find your own way based on your own individuality. And you need to learn from the lessons of those who have succeeded. Ms. Tahmincioglu's interviews with the country's most impressive leaders give an unparalleled collection of such lessons."
George N. Hatsopoulos, founder and former CEO, Thermo Electron Corporation
"What I really like about this book is that we get to see real leaders up close and as whole people and so understand better the many and varied sources of influence on their progress. We come to understand better that learning leadership doesn't happen only through career experiences; it's the result of a wide range of life experiences from which smart and sensitive people garner wisdom they then put to good effect."
Practice Professor of Management, Director, Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania
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I say this all because I know how hard it is to get personal stories out of top-level executives who are trained, it sometimes seems, to talk in CorporateSpeak. Eve gets them to talk about everything from being spanked to bad bosses, which of course should be a no-no in CorporateLand.
A testament to her ability to capture not only these intimate details but also people's voices, it's hard to tell where the direct quotes end and her narration picks up, so seamless is her storytelling.
The book is organized by subject, so you can go to a section you might be interested in and bypass those you might not care about so much. I also like how she sums up each profile with that CEO's lessons learned in that category. If there is one change for the paperback edition, may I suggest somewhere before Chapter 1 she simply list all the CEOs in alphabetical order and the pages you will find them on.
There is a great mix of both men and women CEO's, and also a wide variety of businesses represented. So we get Pernille Spiers-Lopez of Ikea and Christie Hefner of [...] Enterprises (surprisingly she mostly attributes her success to her mother, only gives one paragraph to her father) and Danny Goldberg of Air America Radio and Terry Lundgren of Federated Department Stores.
I think the opening quote sums up the philosophy of these global business leaders and offers the best reason to buy - and memorize the lessons of -- this book. Says Aldous Huxley, "Experience is not what happens to you: It is what you do with what happens to you."