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The Complete Executive: The 10-Step System for Great Leadership Performance

Book Description

Being a leader requires much more than just understanding how to run a business. Today’s executive is under a unique set of demands, coming from multiple stakeholders. In The Complete Executive, long-time executive coach Karen Wright introduces a unique 10-step system that takes all of these aspects of leadership development into account. Leaders not only need incredible physical energy and stamina, they need a support system, philosophy, plan, business acumen, a social network, and a brand and reputation that will ensure they achieve their vision. Backed by an assessment tool, giving each leader a personal “report card,” this book provides aspiring leaders with a framework to address all aspects of leadership that translates to peak performance. Wright knows from experience that even when everything is going well for leaders, high achievers don’t stop there, which is why The Complete Executive is designed as a resource to return to again and again for continuous improvement.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for Karen Wright and The Complete Executive
  3. Halftitle Page
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright
  6. Dedication
  7. Contents
  8. Foreword by Michael Bungay Stanier
  9. Introduction
  10. 1 Make Health and Fitness Your Top Priority
    1. 1. Disciplined Eating Habits and a Clear Personal Philosophy About
    2. 2. Daily Activity and Energy Awareness
    3. 3. Weight Management
    4. 4. Goals and Metrics
    5. 5. Hydration and Supplementation
    6. 6. Cross-Training and Recovery Strategies
    7. 7. Sleep
    8. 8. Diagnostics
    9. 9. Support Mechanisms and Equipment
    10. 10. Social Support
  11. 2 Craft a Life Plan
    1. 11. Goal Alignment with Partner
    2. 12. Financial Plan
    3. 13. Career Goal
    4. 14. Mentors and Coaches
    5. 15. Retirement Lifestyle Vision
    6. 16. Social Service/Contribution
    7. 17. Legacy/Significance
    8. 18. Residence/Geography
    9. 19. Perfect Days
    10. 20. Will and Bequests
  12. 3 Invest in Relationships
    1. 21. Primary Relationship
    2. 22. Children
    3. 23. Extended Family
    4. 24. Neighbors
    5. 25. Community
    6. 26. Competitors
    7. 27. Peers
    8. 28. Direct Reports
    9. 29. Friends
    10. 30. Board of Directors
  13. 4 Be a Real Leader
    1. 31. Leadership Philosophy
    2. 32. Performance Review and 360 Degree Feedback
    3. 33. Values and Walking the Talk
    4. 34. Core Competencies
    5. 35. “Soft” Skills
    6. 36. Performance and Conduct Expectations
    7. 37. Innovation and Creativity
    8. 38. Synthesis
    9. 39. Personal Presentation and Communication Skills
    10. 40. Personal Story
  14. 5 Put the Business Basics in Place
    1. 41. Vision
    2. 42. Mission
    3. 43. Strategic Plan
    4. 44. Five-Year Targets and Goals
    5. 45. One-Year Operating Plan
    6. 46. Talent Review and Succession Plan
    7. 47. Measures of Success
    8. 48. Crisis Management Plan
    9. 49. Corporate Social Responsibility Plan
    10. 50. Technology Plan
  15. 6 Take Charge of Your Career
    1. 51. Career Plan
    2. 52. Personal/Professional Goal Alignment
    3. 53. Passion for the Business
    4. 54. Resumé
    5. 55. Salary and Market Value
    6. 56. Recruiter Connections
    7. 57. Lessons from Adversity
    8. 58. “Elevator Speech”
    9. 59. Skills Inventory
    10. 60. Role Models
  16. 7 Build a Valuable Network
    1. 61. Tools
    2. 62. Alumni Association
    3. 63. Professional Groups
    4. 64. Lunches/Casual Meetings
    5. 65. Introductions and Recommendations
    6. 66. Responsiveness to Requests
    7. 67. Requests for Information or Resources
    8. 68. Maintenance
    9. 69. Club Memberships
    10. 70. Network Management
  17. 8 Be a Lifelong Learner
    1. 71. Daily News
    2. 72. Reading
    3. 73. Target Topics
    4. 74. Current Business Climate
    5. 75. Openness to New Ideas
    6. 76. Development Plan
    7. 77. Continuing Education
    8. 78. Complementary Skill Sets
    9. 79. Expert Resources
    10. 80. Mastermind Group
  18. 9 Have Some Fun!
    1. 81. Hobbies
    2. 82. Social Activities
    3. 83. Romance
    4. 84. Travel
    5. 85. Laughter and Play
    6. 86. Affection
    7. 87. Brain Fitness
    8. 88. Openness to New Experiences
    9. 89. Spontaneity
    10. 90. Positivity
  19. 10 Pause and Reflect
    1. 91. Regular Practice
    2. 92. Gratitude
    3. 93. Daily Planning
    4. 94. Weekly Planning
    5. 95. Monthly or Quarterly Planning
    6. 96. Yearly Planning
    7. 97. Personal History Documentation
    8. 98. Goal Setting
    9. 99. Connected Conversation
    10. 100. Intuition
  20. Afterword
  21. Appendix: The Complete Executive Assessment
  22. Bibliography