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Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows

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ISBN: 9781781250464    Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 288        Language: English
The key to success lies in getting to the top. Right? Wrong. Not everyone can be in charge but, more importantly, not everyone should want to be. Richard Hytner, deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, thinks...Read more
The key to success lies in getting to the top. Right? Wrong. Not everyone can be in charge but, more importantly, not everyone should want to be. Richard Hytner, deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, thinks it's time to celebrate the second-in-command, the consiglieri: Merlin to King Arthur, Al Gore to Bill Clinton, Rasputin to the Russian Royal Family. These are the deputies, Vice-Presidents, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Department Heads, First Lieutenants and First Violins whose influence determines the fate of countries, companies and individual ventures all over the world. After all, supremacy comes with drawbacks (one of which is that everyone wants your job) and influence, authority and power can be found in much more interesting places than behind the CEO's desk.
Consiglieri brings together historical examples from Thomas Cromwell to Cardinal Richelieu, conversations with the second-in-commands of Tony Blair and Sir Alex Ferguson, insights into Stalin, JFK, Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore, interviews with leaders in sport, business, politics and music and cutting-edge research from psychologists and academics to produce a fresh (and refreshing) approach to leadership in the mould of Obliquity or Thinking, Fast and Slow. If you fancy yourself as a contemporary Machiavelli or Bismarck, make this stylish, clever and entertaining guide to finding your ideal role in a company your first choice. This is the first (not second) funny business book for a long time.
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About the author: Richard Hytner
Richard Hytner is Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi. Previously, he was UK CEO & Chairman of Publicis (so he knows wherof he speaks). In 2011, he was appointed... Read more
Richard Hytner is Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi. Previously, he was UK CEO & Chairman of Publicis (so he knows wherof he speaks). In 2011, he was appointed (not full but) Adjunct Associate Professor of Marketing at the London Business School.
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I wish I had read this book -- Gordon Brown Leaders carry a lot of the weight of any organization but good leaders will always have good teams to help carry that load. Richard Hytner has written a...Read more
I wish I had read this book -- Gordon Brown Leaders carry a lot of the weight of any organization but good leaders will always have good teams to help carry that load. Richard Hytner has written a fascinating account of the role of the leaders behind the leader and there are lessons in here for every walk of life. -- Alastair Campbell I wish he had read this book -- Tony Blair Films and plays are littered with examples of the nefarious deputy; from Iago to Macbeth to Claudius, to Darth Vader and Scar in 'The Lion King'. Richard Hytner rescues the deputy from the disgruntled schemer and instead celebrates their creative, supportive, positive impact in life, business, sport and even art. -- Rory Kinnear Rich and intriguing -- John Gray Guardian Hytner has written an interesting book on a management topic that is often neglected. -- Frank Dillon Irish Times Intelligent, entertaining and useful -- Emma Duncan Times This book takes a new and entertaining look at how we can approach to leadership. I am sure that this will become required reading for many business sorts before long. -- Simon Glover Admap
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