Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

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

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

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

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The Complete Executive: The 10-Step System for Great Leadership Performance By Karen Wright, MCC, CHC. 2012. Bibliomotion, Brookline, MA, USA. 174 pages.

The Complete Executive is a great read for both emerging and seasoned leaders who have a desire for intense efficiency and effectiveness in their career.

Based on the true lives of proven executives, The Complete Executive is a very thorough guidebook that does a great job of helping readers to identify the steps to career and life success. While readers might find a few surprises on how real life executives actually structure their life for success, aspiring professionals will find this book to be a helpful gauge against a proven model for achieving optimum performance.

Ten focus areas covered in the book include health and fitness, planning, relationships, leadership, career, networking, learning, hobbies and reflection. Derived through years of executive coaching experience, the author shares valuable research illustrated through a system developed as a recipe for career success.

The author provides examples, philosophies and quotes from the executives themselves. Each chapter provides a thorough overview of each of the ten areas that pave the road to success. For example, Chapter 1 emphasizes that health and fitness is a top priority. The author says, "Remember health is the foundation that the rest of your success can be built on."

As a reader, you will find yourself challenged to engage in a self-evaluation and self-reflection of how well you currently perform in each of the ten areas. One of the most astonishing discoveries in this book is the level of intensity with which an executive will execute their strategies to enhance their various degrees of success. For example, in Chapter 7, Establishing a Valuable Network, the author states, "One coach I know makes ten phone calls every Monday morning without fail.... No matter what method you prefer, keep connecting."

It is evident that throughout her experiences with executive clientele, the author has been able to deduct the high level of discipline, magnitude and passion by which executives operate with every day. This book does an excellent job of helping the reader to walk in the shoes of an executive's life to gain an understanding of the planning, preparation, engagement and establishment of short term and long-term goals in order to stay on the cutting edge of success. …

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