The Corner Office

The Corner Office

Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons From CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed

Book - 2011
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Dozens of top CEOs reveal their candid insights on the keys to effective leadership and the qualities that set high performers apart

What does it take to reach the top in business and to inspire others? Adam Bryant of The New York Times decided to answer this and other questions by sitting down with more than seventy CEOs and asking them how they do their jobs and the most important lessons they learned as they rose through the ranks. Over the course of extraordinary interviews, they shared memorable stories and eye-opening insights.

The Corner Office draws together lessons from chief executives such as Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Carol Bartz (Yahoo), Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks), and Alan Mulally (Ford), from which Bryant has crafted an original work that reveals the keys to success in the business world, including the five essential personality traits that all high performers exhibit--qualities that the CEOs themselves value most and that separate the rising stars from their colleagues. Bryant also demystifies the art of leadershipand shows how executives at the top of their game get the most out of others.

Leadership is not a one-size-fits-all skill, and these CEOs offer different perspectives that will help anyone who seeks to be a more effective leader and employee. For aspiring executives--of all ages-- The Corner Office offers a path to future success.

Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250001740
Branch Call Number: 658. 4092 BRY
Characteristics: xv, 249 p. ; 25 cm.


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Sep 15, 2019

Corner Office is one of those "Theory-Example"  books that is not obfuscated and well streamlined to give the reader a straightforward idea and an example to support it. The examples taken to backup an idea are from acclaimed CEOs from a variety of industries - technology, hospitality, and even non-profits. 

Tachi Yamada of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ursula Burns of Xerox, and Mark Pincus are probably the most highlighted ones. Ursula Burns makes her appearance in almost all chapters, in a good way, because her ideas are in fact worth adopting, and she does have a spectacular track-record at the C-level. 

Obviously, the book and its ideas and illustrations are catered towards C-Level leadership, and is a must-read for anyone that is focusing on the top job at the C level. As evidenced by so many CEOs, the job of a CEO has no rule book and no formula, and that is is best showcased by many chapters in this book.

Because this book is based on the author Adam Bryant's NYTimes Corner Office column which is dedicated to CEO interviews, there weren't many examples from the lives and careers of American legendary CEOs of the past like Ford, Disney, Carnegie etc, but the book still does a great job of quoting examples from some of the highly successful CEOs of the current era.Some ideas highlighted in the book are very unique and novel - like Mark Pincus's "I'm CEO" campaign where he makes every one of Zynga's employees a CEO and his concept of OKRs, Zappos CEO's extreme focus on customers and his chaotic LinkExchange growth, stand out. 

Overall, the book is inspiring and offers innovative guidelines for leaders and leaders-to-be, and I found it a pleasant and uncomplicated read. 

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