Saturday, February 8, 2014

Book Review: How to Become CEO






Author: Jeffrey J. Fox
Title of the Book: “How to Become CEO"
Year of Publication: 2000
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: Vermilion
Number of Pages: 162 
Price: KRW 16,200.00
ISBN: 9780091826611 








This book provides pragmatic advise on how to get to the top of an organization. It gave seventy-five (75) advises, each being discussed succinctly. Among the advises in the book that remained in my mind are to take the highest paying job, avoid staff jobs, plan one's career, keep physically fit, never write a nasty memo, keep and use "idea notebook," reserve one day out of office to do one's task and be punctual (i.e. arrive forty-five (45) minutes early and leave fifteen minutes late).
 
I also have skepticism on some advises there. The first one is skipping all office party and avoiding superior when travelling. I find these two suggestion a bit weird and in some instances cannot be avoided. 


The author also listed a number of books to study. These are

  • Obvious Adams by Robert Updegraff
  • Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell
  • The Bible
  • The Art of War by Sun-Tzu
  • The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto
  • On War by Carl von Clausewitz
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
  • Webster's Third Unabridged Dictionary
  • The Forbes Book of Business Quotations edited by Ted Goodman
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare
  • On Advertising by David Ogilvy
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Anything by Thomas Jefferson  

Some of these books I already have in my private collection. I just have to read those books.

For the other advises, it is up to you to discover by reading the book. I leave it to you, for discovery is the first step of wisdom.    

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