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Put the Moose on the Table

Put the Moose on the Table

Put the Moose on the Table

Lessons in Leadership from a CEO's Journey through Business and Life

by Randall Tobias

Randall Tobias, former CEO of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co., knows what it takes to get to the top. In Put the Moose on the Table, Tobias mixes personal anecdotes with his thoughts on effective business and leadership practices, often focusing on the intangible qualities — integrity, dedication and respect for colleagues — that separate the best from the rest. A vice president at AT&T when he took the job at Lilly, Tobias recalls how a major crisis on his first day tested his abilities. Despite the concerns of some Lilly managers who wondered whether the “phone guy” could handle a crisis in which lives were at stake, Tobias immediately demonstrated the management, communication and interpersonal skills that would define his successful tenure as Lilly’s CEO.

What You'll Learn

  • How leadership means establishing boundaries based on values and proper priorities - then letting your competent people do their jobs.
  • How success requires good fortune - and the ability to grab the opportunities that come your way.
  • How integrity means more than not lying, cheating or breaking the rules - it means never hiding problems, even for the best reasons.
  • How this philosophy of "putting the moose on the table" helped Tobias cope with an unimaginable tragedy.
  • Why managers who insist on employees working long hours are hurting not only their employees, but their companies as well.
  • Why CEOs must prepare their succession based on the company?s needs, not the needs of their egos.
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