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CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest

CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest

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From the world's most influential management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, this is an insight-packed, revelatory look at how the best CEOs do their jobs based on extensive interviews with today's most successful corporate leaders--including chiefs at Netflix, JPMorgan Chase, General Motors, and Sony.

Being a CEO at any of the world's largest companies is among the most challenging roles in business. Billions, and even trillions, are at stake--and the fates of tens of thousands of employees often hang in the balance. Yet, even when "can't miss" high-achievers win the top job, very few excel. Thirty percent of Fortune 500 CEOs last fewer than three years, and two out of five new CEOs are perceived to be failing within eighteen months.

For those who shoulder the burden of being the one on whom everyone counts, a manual for excellence is sorely needed.

To identify the 21st century's best CEOs, the authors of CEO Excellence started with a pool of over 2400 public company CEOs. Extensive screening distilled that group into an elite corps, sixty-seven of whom agreed to in-depth, multi-hour interviews. Among those sharing their views: Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan Chase), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Kazuo Hirai (Sony), Ken Chenault (American Express), Mary Barra (GM), and Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (Nestlé).

What came out of those frank, no-holds-barred conversations is a rich array of mindsets and actions that deliver outsized performance. Compelling, practical, and unprecedented in scope, CEO Excellence is a treasure trove of wisdom from today's most elite business leaders.

Author: Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, Vikram Malhotra
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Published: 03/15/2022
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.17lbs
Size: 9.38h x 6.31w x 1.28d
ISBN: 9781982179670

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2022
Publishers Weekly 01/24/2022

About the Author
Carolyn Dewar is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and is now based in San Francisco. She has published over thirty articles in the Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly, and is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at numerous conferences across industries. Carolyn has a Master's Degree in economics and international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Scott Keller is a Senior Partner in McKinsey's Southern California office. He is the author of six books, including Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Create Ultimate Competitive Advantage, and has published extensively in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and McKinsey Quarterly. Scott holds both an MBA and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Vikram (Vik) Malhotra is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where he has worked for thirty-four years. He has served on McKinsey's Board of Directors and as McKinsey's Managing Partner of the Americas, and he is the Chairman of the Wharton Graduate Executive Board at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the London School of Economics and his MBA from the Wharton School.
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