BEFORE I WAS CEO
Have you always known what you wanted to be in life?
What are some “watershed moments” that made you who you are?
When did you get on track to become a successful CEO? In this book I looked to the answers from the elite leaders. The rich, private wisdom I received revealed more about building a career than I’d found anywhere else. You can read it all in "Before I Was CEO".
Why read? For everyone who lays awake at night wondering if they’re heading up or down the corporate ladder, this collection of personal stories from a remarkable group of the most accomplished men and women in business today proves everyone can put themselves in the C-suite by taking a variety of different paths. In their own words, read how it all unfolded, the tough decisions they wrestled, the risks and rewards they saw, and how it all came together.
"A much-needed reminder that successful careers are full of twists and turns—and that people who lead most effectively aren't always the ones with the burning desire for power.".
Adam Grant, Author of "Give and Take" and "Plan B"
"At last, some in-depth reporting that explains how and why people really got ahead, rather than the over-simplified platitudes that make up most business advice books. Peter Vanham has coaxed lively and revealing accounts from some of the world's prominent chief executives."
James B. Stewart, The New York Times, Author of "Den of Thieves" and "Disney Way
"This marvelous book provides glimpses and at times profound insights into the lives of leaders, and deep reflections on what we can learn from their experiences and choices."
Lynda Gratton, Professor, London Business School; Author of The 100 Year Life
"Peter Vanham really delves deep in his interviews with several of the world's leading entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. The result is not only a compelling set of expertly weaved narratives but also some genuinely valuable insights, especially into what keeps business leaders going even in their darkest hours."
James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times; Author of China Shakes the World
"Before I Was CEO is a lifting of the curtains on the personal itineraries of twenty diverse CEOs ... a unique set of accounts, deeply personal and compellingly instructive."
Michael Useem, Wharton Professor, From the Foreword