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If you're a successful, ambitious executive, chances are you'll have dreamed of what it would be like in the top job. But what does it really mean to be a CEO? The CEO of one of the world's best known executive search firms answers your questions and sheds insight on what it takes to succeed at the top?
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CEO: The low down on the top job by Kevin Kelly

If you're a successful, ambitious executive, chances are you'll have dreamed of what it would be like in the top job. But what does it really mean to be a CEO? What would you have to do every day? What key qualities, experience and skills do all the top CEOs have in common? How would your performance be measured? And crucially, how do you land the top job?

Who better than the CEO of one of the world's best known executive search firms to answer these questions and to shed new insight on what it takes to succeed at the top?

In CEO, drawing on his unique access to the world's business leaders, Kevin Kelly opens the door of the corner office and lets you eavesdrop on conversations with the world's top CEO's, those who have stuck their necks out and really changed the way that things are done.

CEO provides a route-map for meeting the new challenges of building global organisations and sketches the new agenda for the world's CEOs. Sure CEOs still need to return value to shareholders and keep the financial analysts happy but the realities of business in the 21st century have changed, so that they also have to engage with new markers of success, like sustainability, ethics and genuine global impact. Find out what success means to people who have already made it and discover how you can make it too.


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CEO Reviews

Some thoughtful and useful insights from a man with an interesting perspecitive

Management Today, March 2008

About Kevin Kelly

Kevin L. Kelly joined Heidrick & Struggles, one of the Top 5 executive search firms, as a Partner in 1997 and became President of Asia Pacific and Europe in April of 2005 and CEO in September 2006. Based in London, Kevin has extensive experience in recruiting C-suite executives across Asia Pacific region and Europe.

Kevin was named "Headhunter of the Year" in 2000 by Finance Intelligence Asia magazine and "One of Asia's Top Recruiters" for the past four years in AsiaMoney magazine.

During his twelve years in search both in New York, Tokyo and London, Kevin has completed numerous senior level assignments particularly at the CEO and COO level.

Table of Contents

Foreword: From a famous global CEO.

#1: Have you got what it takes?

The key skills, experience and behaviour you need to make it as a CEO.

#2: How to land the top job

Techniques and tactics to get you where you want to be.

#3: My first 100 days

There are many books about what CEOs should and should not do when they take over. I have been there and 100 days is a long time and a lot longer than you have to prove yourself. So, what does the new CEO need to do before taking the job and when the first day beckons?

#4: The job description

CEOs come and go with ever increasing rapidity. But what is actually in the job description? Okay, CEOs are judged by results, but what results really matter?

#5: The rise and rise of the global CEO

Increasingly, a CEO's work takes place in a global arena. What does this really mean? If you're CEO of a tractor parts manufacturer in Deerpark, Ohio what does the world matter?

#6: My board and I

It is the moment of truth: the first board meeting. How does it work? You barely know the people around the table and they expect you to have delivered sterling results instantly. How can you manage your board?

#7: Me myself and I

You're under pressure from all sides investors, your board, not to mention your people, unions, competitors and more. How can you keep your sanity and live happily when you could should? be working and travelling 24/7?

#8: Trials, tribulations and triumphs

What are the good things about the job? What are the worst? I have asked some of the world's top CEOs.

#9: Tomorrow's CEOs

What is the identikit of the CEO of 2020? What skills and capabilities do you need to develop if you are to make the golden career leap?


About the author 000

Foreword 000

Introduction 000

Acknowledgements 000

A day in the life of a CEO 000

1 Getting there 000

Moments in time 000

Getting it wrong 000

Why CEOs matter

Smelling of roses

The route map

My route

Career logistics

Career evolution

Get on with the job

In the ascendancy

The glass ceiling remains

Learning always

Key points


2 My first 100 days

Tone setting

What are you walking into?

My first 100

The art of preparation

The same but different

Understand the process

Know the timelines

Adding up to 100

Mastering the 3 Rs

Beware of isolation

Get lucky

Key points


3 The job: leadership, strategy and execution

Who's in charge?

Inventing the CEO

The objectives

Beyond charisma

The one-word job description

The meaning of leadership

The magical ingredients

Quiet leadership

Balancing IQ and EQ

Vision and strategy


Key points


4 The job: communication and people

Constantly communicating


Face time

The e in communication

What to say

The communication coda

Key points


5 The rise and rise of the global CEO

Global savvy

The new breed

Global CEO characteristics

Culture clubs

Staying power

The talent market

Key points


6 My board and I

Boardroom shifts

Unhappy boards

Relax, it's only complexity

Only connect

Manage expectations and define the boundaries

Target and manage the chair

Think team not board

Testing ground

Key points


7 Me myself I

There's always more to give

Hard at work

Balancing the week

Present and incorrect

On the road

Roads well travelled

Why travel?

Loyal supporters

Role models

Personal development

Feeling good, doing good, having fun

Different strokes for different folks

Key points


8 Trials, tribulations and triumphs

Only validate

Changed perceptions


Clock watching

Listening intently

Who is everyone?

It really is about people

Key points

9 Tomorrow's CEOs

Chief entrepreneurial officers

The loyalty question

Tomorrow's CEOs

Greater diversity

Talent spotting

Key points


10 The life beyond

Tough going

Sell-by dates

Your legacy

What got you here might not get you there

Succession planning

Making a mark

Key points



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CEO: The low down on the top job by Kevin Kelly
Kevin Kelly
Financial Times Series
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Pearson Education Limited
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