July 30, 2010

News & Opinion: Could You Be The CEO?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 7:37 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A few people mentioned the book Preparing CEOs For Success: What I Wish I Knew to me, and admittedly, I haven't gotten around to it until now, months after its May pub date. What I didn't realize I was missing, was more than just some expert's opinion about the challenges and successes of being CEO. This book is a formal guide for understanding what it takes to be CEO of a company, from personality, to practice, to leadership, to how you are perceived by others. No criteria is missing.

Broken into color-coded sections, this is a reference guide for ladder-climbers and current CEOs, to quickly check tips and insight into the position in advance, or in the swing of things. For us non-CEOs, it reveals a few additional things: Is the CEO of my employer like this? Could I ever handle their job? How would I react to "x" situation? Do I have what it takes? It never hurts to dream.

For those that are CEOs, the book is filled with enough information and experience to address any similar instance. Drawing from CEO insight from the likes of Best Buy, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, and many others, it's jam-packed with leadership wisdom.

Worth picking up whether you're looking to get to the top of the ladder, or are already there.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.