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.
CEO. BE INSPIRED. BE SUCCESSFUL. BE THE CEO.
Some thoughtful and useful insights from a man with an interesting perspecitive
Management Today, March 2008
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.
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?Contents
About the author 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
Get on with the job
In the ascendancy
The glass ceiling remains
2 My first 100 days
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
3 The job: leadership, strategy and execution
Who's in charge?
Inventing the CEO
The one-word job description
The meaning of leadership
The magical ingredients
Balancing IQ and EQ
Vision and strategy
4 The job: communication and people
The e in communication
What to say
The communication coda
5 The rise and rise of the global CEO
The new breed
Global CEO characteristics
The talent market
6 My board and I
Relax, it's only complexity
Manage expectations and define the boundaries
Target and manage the chair
Think team not board
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
Feeling good, doing good, having fun
Different strokes for different folks
8 Trials, tribulations and triumphs
Who is everyone?
It really is about people
9 Tomorrow's CEOs
Chief entrepreneurial officers
The loyalty question
10 The life beyond
What got you here might not get you there
Making a mark