CEOs are often the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. It’s easy to forget that sometimes, they need coaching too.
In the novel “How to Run A Company: Lessons from Top Leaders of the CEO Academy,” Dennis Carey, Vice Chairman of Korn/Ferry International, and Marie-Caroline Von Weichs, founder of The Art of Networking explore what it takes to succeed at the top. A lot of their insight comes from firsthand experience at the CEO Academy—a semiannual program they established to connect recently appointed CEOs with former CEOs and other experienced individuals. The one and half day boot camp costs $10,000 and has been attended by leaders from Citigroup, Honeywell International, Harvard Business School, American Airlines, Nasdaq, and other notable companies. Speakers provide tangible takeaways on a wide range of topics including corporate governance, transparency, ethics, and risk assessment, among others. The authors pen some of the highlights from the boot camp into the novel, providing general insight to not only CEOs, but any individuals interested in the challenges and opportunities in today’s business world.
Carey has also published two other novels, “CEO Succession: A Window on How Boards Can Get It Right When Choosing a New Chief Executive,” and “Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way.” In “CEO Succession”, Carey provides a roadmap to help companies create smooth transitions between CEOs complete with feedback mechanisms, an agenda and timetable, and company support. Carey has lead recruitment and succession projects for a number of notable companies including TYCO International, 3M, AT&T, and Amgen. In “Boards That Lead,” Carey talks about the shifting nature of the board room, as it transforms from a position of oversight to one of active involvement at the appropriate times. His fourth book is set to be published May 2013.