Today, we released a new book, The Chief Executive Operating System. If you are interested in mastering the CEO role, you can now grab a copy at Amazon.
Why did we write this book now?
A driving motivator for us is to help companies, and thus the economy, thrive. There is a large gap in the business literature about how to do the CEO job at scale (when the CEO has a full executive team to drive performance). It’s painful when we see CEOs hit a single or strike out when they should have blasted a home run. Not even MBA programs teach a comprehensive approach on how to lead and manage a company from the CEO role. It seemed like a good time for someone who’s sat in the role multiple times successfully to address this gap.
Often the smartest and hardest-working CEOs fail simply because they were expected to know what to do without a proven playbook. This fact is blatant and curious, and completely disregarded in the business world. No other functionality—finance, HR, sales, marketing, technology, etc.—is expected to deliver results without systems, software and training. We have solved that.
A lack of preparation leads to all kinds of failure modes for the CEO. The Cheerleader, who never admits anything is wrong and doesn’t face objective reality. The Firefighter, who plays Whac-a-Mole with the urgency of the day. The CIA operative, who is not open and transparent and thus sows fear and confusion. Mr. Mayhem, who doesn’t focus and chases one shiny penny to the next. And so on.
Any CEO or aspiring CEO now has a framework for thinking about the job, a mental model for understanding how to create value in the role. So many rely on you: your customers, employees, and shareholders. The best thing you can do for them is deliver predictable company performance.
We believe the The Chief Executive Operating System will help you become a world-class CEO. It’s a tough and demanding job, but you don’t have to fly blind or alone.
Included in the book is the importance of being people-centric, because you drive results through people. You’ll learn about the Five Responsibilities you must own as CEO, the operating rhythm that drives predictable performance, and filling your emotional tank with mindfulness to keep you personally operating at your peak. We’ve also included several exercises and tools that support the most vital aspects of the chief executive’s job.
Reach out to us if you have questions or feedback, or are interested in attending an upcoming training.