Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The CEO Code

I read a book by David Rohlander - The CEO Code - Create a Great Company and Inspire People to Greatness with Practical Advice from an Experienced Executive.

The title says it all.  Rohlander is a highly experienced executive with lots of great gems.

I liked that the first section was on communication - clearly one of the key CEO needs.  It was further broken into sections on trust, respect, understanding, empathy and resolution.  Each chapter elaborates and delves into those topics.

Each chapter had a "Take time to reflect" series of questions which add greatly to the content.  I find reflecting on questions to be a great way to really get value from what I have read.

Part II is on execution and that one has a chapter on my favorite topic - habit.  It also had a chapter on action which I think is one of the things that separates the truly great from the mediocre.

Part III finished on operations.  The operations section had a great chapter on systems.  I am a big believer that the systems and processes a company has in place help them to grow and "do things right".

It had a great interview checklist with questions that I think I will start using as I interview people.  This, alone, makes the book worthwhile.

Excerpts from the book:

The blessing of being outdone by the competition is it provides you with an opportunity to "go to school".  How did they beat you?  What did they do better than you?  What will you do to eliminate or minimize their appeal and maximize your own?...Good competition will make everyone better.

The foundation for your goals is based on clarifying your values.  Your personal life and your professional life will be most fulfilling when the basis of all your actions and decisions is grounded in your values.

 Good book - worth reading.


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