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From the Sandbox to the Corner Office: Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top

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How were they raised? What mistakes did they make along the way? What were the adversities they faced? These are just a sampling of key questions top leaders answer in From the Sandbox to the Corner Office. Many of them were spanked as children, including Time Warner's CEO whose parents used a switch from a tree. Others faced major obstacles, such as Ameritrade's CEO who has struggled with stuttering all his life. And many were immigrants who worked their way out of poverty, such as the COO of Cingular who as a young boy came to America from Cuba alone. Based on more than 50 interviews with some of todayâ__s top corporate executives and leaders from all walks of life, this book offers key lessons for those looking to achieve success in todayâ__s world of business, nonprofits, and government.

With this book as their guide, readers will learn what it takes to make it to the top and discover that a good resume or an MBA from a leading business school doesnâ__t always help you get there. In this one-of-a-kind book, seasoned executives open up to author Eve Tahmincioglu and reveal both the successes and setbacks faced during their journey. These individuals discuss both the personal and professional experiencesâ__from near-fatal mistakes to the influence of parentsâ__that have shaped the way they lead and offer valuable insights that can benefit employees of all levels, from starting managers to CEOs.

Eve Tahmincioglu (Wilmington, DE) is a regular contributor to the New York Times business section and one of the lead writers on "The Boss" column. She has been interviewing executives from a wide range of industries for the bulk of her career.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
  4. Parents: Less Carrot, More Stick
    1. Fran Keeth: President and CEO of Shell Chemical LP and Executive Vice President of Shell Chemical’s Global Operations
    2. Richard D. Parsons: CEO of Time Warner
    3. Linda Chavez-Thompson: Vice Chair of the Democratic Party and Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO
    4. Linda Dillman: Chief Information Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    5. Erroll Davis: Chairman of Alliant Energy and Chancellor of the University System of Georgia
    6. Darl McBride: CEO of The SCO Group
    7. Brian Gallagher: President and CEO of United Way of America
    8. Sergeant Major Alford McMichael: Senior Noncommissioned Officer for Allied Command Operations at NATO
    9. Pernille Spiers-Lopez: President of IKEA North America
    10. Christie Hefner: CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  5. First Jobs: Child Labor Pays Off
    1. Andrew McKelvey: CEO of Monster Worldwide
    2. Matt C. Blank: CEO and Chairman of Showtime Networks, Inc.
    3. Richard Tait: Founder and Grand Poo-Bah of Cranium, Inc.
    4. Robert Cosmai: Former President of Hyundai North America
    5. Tom Glocer: CEO of Reuters Group PLC
    6. Daniel Gilbert: Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans Inc.
    7. Tim Ryan: President of the Culinary Institute of America
    8. Harris Diamond: CEO of Weber Shandwick Worldwide
    9. Darl McBride: CEO of The SCO Group
  6. Adversity: Overcoming, the Only Option
    1. Paul Norris: Chairman of W. R. Grace and Senior Adviser with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company
    2. Joe Moglia: CEO of Ameritrade
    3. Peter Kight: CEO of Checkfree
    4. Stanislas de Quercize: President and CEO, Van Cleef and Arpels
    5. Bill Lichtenstein: President and Founder of Lichtenstein Creative Media
    6. John Fanning: CEO of Comforce
    7. Truly Nolen: CEO of Truly Nolen Pest Control
  7. The Immigrant Experience: Surviving, Adapting, Excelling
    1. Spencer Lee: CEO of Roto-Rooter Group
    2. Bernd Beetz: CEO of Coty Inc.
    3. Umang Gupta: CEO of Keynote Systems
    4. Napoleon Barragan: Founder and CEO of 1-800-Mattres
    5. Pernille Spiers-Lopez: President of IKEA North America
    6. Ralph de la Vega: Chief Operating Officer of Cingular Wireless
  8. Mentors: Seek Out Sages
    1. Terry Lundgren: CEO, President, and Chairman of Federated Department Stores, Inc.
    2. Mary Callahan Erdoes: CEO of JPMorgan Private Bank
    3. David Brennan: CEO of AstraZeneca PLC
    4. Charles O. Rossotti: Former IRS Commissioner, Now Senior Adviser for The Carlyle Group
    5. Tom Glocer: CEO of Reuters Group PLC
    6. Christie Hefner: CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
    7. Richard Tait: Founder and Grand Poo-Bah of Cranium, Inc.
    8. Danny Goldberg: CEO of Air America Radio
  9. Discrimination: Don’t Let Bias Burn
    1. David Steward: CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc.
    2. Fran Keeth: President and CEO of Shell Chemical LP and Executive Vice President of Shell Chemicals’ Global Operations
    3. Vivek Paul: Partner with Texas Pacific Group and Former CEO of Wipro Ltd.
    4. Aylwin Lewis: President and CEO of Sears Holding Corporation
    5. Sergeant Major Alford McMichael: Senior Noncommissioned Officer for Allied Command Operations at NATO
    6. Linda Dillman: Chief Information Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    7. Christine Jacobs: President and CEO of Theragenics Corporation
  10. Paying Dues: No Chances, No Dances
    1. Jeffrey Rodek: Executive Chairman of Hyperion Solutions Corporation
    2. Brian Gallagher: President and CEO of United Way of America
    3. William D. Novelli: CEO of AARP
    4. Rick Waugh: President and CEO of Scotiabank
    5. John V. Murphy: CEO of OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
    6. Spencer Lee: CEO of Roto-Rooter Group
    7. Harris Diamond: CEO of Weber Shandwick Worldwide
    8. Matt C. Blank: CEO and Chairman of Showtime Networks, Inc.
  11. Career Curves: Many Paths Lead Up
    1. Alan Miller: CEO of Universal Health Services
    2. Marsha (Marty) Evans: Former Head of the American Red Cross
    3. Brian Sullivan: CEO and Chairman of Christian & Timbers
    4. Gary Kusin: Former CEO and President of FedEx Kinko’s Office and Print Services
    5. Tim Boyle: CEO and President of Columbia Sportswear Company
    6. Dana Gioia: Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
    7. David Steward: CEO of World Wide Technology, Inc.
    8. Charlie Swinburn: CEO of RailAmerica
    9. Reverend Larry Snyder: CEO of Catholic Charities USA
  12. Mistakes: Trip, But Don’t Fall
    1. Aylwin Lewis: President and CEO of Sears Holding Corporation
    2. Danny Goldberg: CEO of Air America Radio
    3. Terry Lundgren: CEO, President, and Chairman of Federated Department Stores, Inc.
    4. Vivek Paul: Partner with Texas Pacific Group and Former CEO of Wipro Ltd.
    5. Brian Keane: CEO of Keane Inc.
    6. Marsha (Marty) Evans: Former Head of the American Red Cross
    7. Brian Sullivan: CEO and Chairman of Christian & Timbers
    8. Daniel Gilbert: Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans Inc.
  13. Bad Bosses: Outlast, Ignore, or Move On
    1. Steve Bennett: CEO of Intuit Inc.
    2. Jomei Chang: Chairman of Qilinsoft LLC and Founder and Board member of Vitria Technology
    3. Robert Cosmai: Former President of Hyundai North America
    4. William D. Novelli: CEO of AARP
    5. Richard D. Parsons: CEO of Time Warner
    6. Peter Handal: Chairman, CEO, and President of Dale Carnegie Training
    7. Erroll Davis: Chairman of Alliant Energy and Chancellor of the University System of Georgia
  14. About the Author