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New York Times Bestseller

Wall Street Journal Bestseller 

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2022 Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller and Vikram Malhotra (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Had some good “nuggets”

Had some good “nuggets” of information. Develops sort of slow, and might not be for everyone, but remember, all you need is a few good pieces of information and it’s not time wasted.

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Political Agenda took precedence over education

The book was good at the beginning but took a strong turn towards pushing the left political agenda. We don't need more division masked as education.

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Thud book touches on too many political topics.

stay out of the political areas and topics. I feel like there's good information in this book however there are also times when it feels like a political agenda is being put forth.

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Fantastic insights

Great insights for aspiring and seasoned CEO’s. The different dimensions and practices mentioned can be applied in all leadership roles! Highly recommend!

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too basic

I wish this book taught me something, too basic and disappointing. not recommended and waste of money

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Excellent work

The CEO role is carefully dissected and analyzed in a valuable and instructive way. Applicable to both large and small organizations. Highly recommend this, not only to CEOs or CEOs-in-training, but to everyone in a leadership role.

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One of the BEST Business Books

Wow! Amazing research went into this. It’s nice to hear something that’s completely up-to-date. Well written and highly addictive. Thank you for the PDF. Just an amazing job all around. This is definitely a book that will be referenced and studied further. Great Job and thank you for writing this.

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Insipid , banal blather and drivel.

The dumbest book I’ve read probably ever. This from senior partners at McKinsey! The reading is well performed making banal platitudes sound like insights. Authors back into rationale taking success stories attributable to magic CEO’s and listing virtually everything you’ve ever read or heard as the key to success. A good book to read first is the halo effect to understand how these authors went so far off.