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How does one become a CEO? Many people know they want to climb the corporate ladder, but don't have a clue about how to ascend that ladder without losing their grip. In this insightful, controversial program, Jeffrey J. Fox offers solid, practical advice and recommendations on how to fulfill your ambition to better yourself, to be a contributor, to make a difference, to grow professionally, and to be more successful.

The seventy-five "rules" that Mr. Fox, founder of a marketing and consulting firm and an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, outlines are actions you must take, traits you must develop, and things you must avoid in order to succeed. Mr. Fox's short and simple one-lesson-per-topic approach is an intelligent and straight-forward method of business instruction.

This guide sets forth the qualities that every successful leader must have: vision, persistence, integrity, and respect for superiors, subordinates, and peers. Whether you want to become president or CEO of a corporation, buy a business, start a business, run your own business, or have a long and fruitful career in a large corporation, How to Become CEO will give you the power to control your own business destiny.

©1998 Jeffrey J. Fox; (P)1998, 2001 Audio Renaissance, an imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

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"Fox's guide is filled with 75 tips that are short, sweet, and to the point. Moreover, the ideas themselves are fresh....Refreshing!" (Booklist)

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  • Noemi G
  • Thornton, CO, USA
  • 04-30-05

Good Book

This is a book I discovered a few years ago. When I can, I urge recent college grads to put it on their reading list. I just bought it for my nephew who graduated last year and started a management trainee position at a large rail company. There are several useful principles laid out in this book, but what appeals to me the most is the author's underlying theme (not explicitly articulated) that there must be a personal touch to what you do. This is refreshing, truthful, and a departure from the Machiavellian culture promoted by some books. This book shows you that you must connect with people if you want to move up and be successful. And it shows you positive and easy ways to do this. I would caveat that this book, like a lot of business titles, is oriented toward those in sales, so if you are not in sales (like me) you must either toss or modify some of these principles. I have all the principles in this book in a note in my blackberry so I can review them when I have a moment to reflect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Practical Advice

I had previously read this book -- in my opinion, some of the best practical success advice anywhere. I ordered the audio to review the concepts. The narrator is great -- just the right speed and an appropriate reading style for the material.

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  • G C M
  • Mexico city, Mexico
  • 10-04-13

Great empirical perspective

If you could sum up How to Become CEO in three words, what would they be?

Direct, applicable, rational

Any additional comments?

Great recommendations from Jeffrey J. Fox, all are common sense; some you already know, some you might have forgotten and some you would not know; though Jeffrey present all these recommendations in a direct, summarized, and well-explained manner. And available here to remind you, plan for it, apply them and repeat them over and over in you work and every day life.<br/><br/>Becoming a CEO is each of the readers/listeners responsibility, but this book is a great starting plan of action (if you put it in action) to shift your career in a brand new direction, at the very least.<br/><br/>Kudos to everyone that put Jeffrey J. Fox's words into action; and to him for sharing knowledge properly.

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  • Kevin
  • Lexington, OH, USA
  • 02-11-07

Must Read

For those even considering working in corporate america, before you step foot inside a company, this book is a must. As you find yourself tearing off your paper handcufs, you'll also find yourself much happier. Also, as for audiobooks, if you are a newbie, this is a great book because it is well read, and the chapters are short so they keep your attention. Fox does a great job identifying and keeping simple very important business behaviors.

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Well done

A series of around 40 tips and approaches geared towards business development and dealing with others in the business world.
Well written and read. Some info you'll find in other places such as Carnegie, but much was new to me and useful.

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  • Michael
  • North AdelaideAustralia
  • 12-27-05


Solid tips in an easy to understand format. Good listening.

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  • Patrick
  • CentralHong Kong
  • 06-07-05

A great personal agenda

Most readers / listeners won't hold all of the ideas in this book in their heads - certainly not first time through. But this is a great recording to keep permanently on your mp3 player and listen to several times. The topics covered are pretty wide ranging - from managing the politics of the workplace, to staying physically fit. You may not agree with all of the points, but I think that's partly the point with this book: select from this buffet of ideas, adjust them to suit your own situation, and go from there. All-in, this is a convincing take on what's needed to rise through an organization. Take the specific destination of 'CEO' with a pinch of salt perhaps...but, quite honestly, follow all of the steps in here to the letter, and you've got to feel you will be quite a few steps closer to that corner office. Punchy, well-written and well narrated. Highly recommended.

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  • Lynn
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • 02-15-04

Wanna Do more than make it? Listen to this tape...

Read the book. Know you want details. But believe me, do what the tape says. Now. Today. And succeed. It's not complicated.

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  • Melissa
  • Victoria, Australia, Australia
  • 10-09-10

Only if you don't want to think too much

This book purports to tell you the secrets to becoming CEO. Unfortunately, there's no sign that any of it is based on research, evidence or even experience. While its short and concise nature will appeal to some, if you want something substantial, then you'll need to look elsewhere.

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  • Christian Mubaira
  • 05-07-11

A Good Book for an employee wanting to be the boss

As a book for those dreaming of or climbing up the Ladder to be Directors in any organisation and being just over 1.5 hours long.... this is an easy listen book, direct to the point; it gives you the facts in a succinct nugget manner leaving to you to do the reflecting and application.

Downside, although the introduction acknowledges that one can become a CEO by starting/owning their company the rest of the book appears to focus on the "employee mindset" working their way up to be the big boss.

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  • A J.
  • 12-08-05


This book is not all what I expected.