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Preparing CEOs for Success — “What I Wish I Knew”
The Ultimate Book of hard—learned, hard—earned wisdom based on interviews with America's top CEOs
Preparing CEOs for Success - What I Wish I Knew

In the News

Leslie Braksick, Ph.D. – invited speaker and book signing at The Center for Community Solutions’ 69th annual Human Services Institute, March 31, 2011. Topic was Advice from top CEO’s: What They Wish They Had Known

Co-Author, Leslie Braksick, Ph.D., contributes to several recent articles

CNBC “Fast Money” and
Richard Quest of CNN International
interview William R. Johnson

Leslie W. Braksick, Ph.D. interview with Michael Dresser — “Dresser After Dark”, air date July 13, 2010

Leslie Braksick interviewed for Women in Business Report during the
Opening Bell Report on WCBS-AM,
August 4, 5 6, 9 and 10.

Voice of a CEO

“When a person steps up as CEO, a person has to move away from the day-to-day business and have confidence in the people in place. This is not a transition that happens overnight.”
- Part III, page 108

Based on a research study sponsored by William R. Johnson, Chairman, President, & CEO, H.J. Heinz Company, 27 CEOs of top global companies were interviewed in a confidential forum to find out “What I Wish I Knew” prior to becoming CEO. Each CEO shared their personal insights and experiences with lead researchers and authors of the book, Leslie W. Braksick, Ph.D. and James S. Hillgren, Ph.D., both partners at CLG. The result is a highly accessible, intriguing insider's guide to the top in the actual words of veteran CEOs.

The book is organized in four key sections:

Part I of the book reveals “What We Discovered” - eight key themes that CEOs told us they were not prepared for, and what they wished they knew before moving into the role

Part II of the book discloses “The CEO Prerequisites” - what every CEO needs for the job, including key personal qualities and attributes, specific career experiences, and tested management practices

Part III, “The CEO Handbook” organizes their advice to future CEOs into eight sequential chapters beginning with “Preparing Well for the Job”, and ending with “Do's and Don'ts for Your Succession”

Part IV highlights the Participating CEOs and their companies

William R. Johnson, Chairman, President & CEO H.J. Heinz Company H.J. Heinz Company CLG, Inc.