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The Source of Success: Five Enduring Principles at the Heart of Real Leadershipby Peter Georgescu
Synopses & Reviews
"In The Source of Success, Peter Georgescu tackles two issues that have special resonance in today's business world: creativity and integrity. At the intersection of the two stands the type of enlightened business leader we need in the twenty-first century. Peter shares important insights forged through a remarkable career—and fascinating life story."
—Bob Wright, vice chairman, GE, and chairman and CEO, NBC Universal
"Peter Georgescu gives us all a lot to talk about in The Source of Success. He tells us what's essential for business success and then shows us how to attain it. The core of this values-based business book is the belief that to be a business success you must be a good person. In a time of corporate scandal, his message has never been more right. A great read."
—Bill Bradley, U.S. Senator
"One of the most enduring principles for success is integrity, in both our professional and personal lives. The Source of Success should be considered a leadership compass for new, as well as established, executives to achieve greatness in today's business world."
—Leonard A. Lauder, chairman, Estée Lauder
"Peter Georgescu eloquently articulates a vision of decency, fairness, and humanity in corporate life. A utopian dream? Not at all. What Georgescu is really describing is the optimum recipe for success in the twenty-first century."
"Peter Georgescu's career has allowed him to work with some of the great companies and great leaders in the world. From this perspective he offers observations and very provocative advice on what it takes to win in today's world of 'excess supply.' This is a book that really makes you think. The views are fresh; and Peter is a wonderful storyteller."
—Shelly Lazarus, chairman and CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
"With America still reeling from the orgy of corporate dishonesty and malfeasance symbolized by ENRON, there is already a backlash against more regulation of business. In this climate of cynicism and mistrust, this timely book comes as a breath of fresh air and courage. Corporate leaders may smile at being told they need to be honest and decent to succeed today, but this book should wipe the cynical smiles away. Peter Georgescu, former CEO of Young & Rubicam, warns that global forces have created a brutal new business environment in which productivity outstrips demand, the consumer has won, and every company's survival is always at stake. Georgescu should know: on Madison Avenue he was a master shaper of demand. Now, he argues, to win and keep loyal customers, business will have to adopt revolutionary values: honesty, trust, respect for others, integrity, and accountability. Imagine! Those are the very values business has claimed to be observing all along."
—Robin MacNeil, newscaster, journalist, and author
Georgescu, former CEO of Young & Rubicam, identifies and explains the unprecedented shift in business paradigms, and presents five guiding principles for a new standard of leadership which turns the old model on its head.
Dramatic change has swept the business world in?recent years, rendering standard paradigms of?leadership obsolete.
In The Source of Success, Peter Georgescu, former?CEO of the world-renowned advertising agency Young & Rubicam, reveals the nature of the new economic world, and shows what it takes to win in this intensely competitive arena. Georgescu presents a new standard of leadership that focuses on the key source of value in today's corporation: the relationship between the informed customer and the creative employee—a relationship, he shows, that must be built with honesty and integrity. Georgescu's vision rests on five crucial principles, which together can unleash a tremendous untapped reservoir of energy within our organizations, and within our?selves:
Rich on many levels, the book is filled with stories taken from the author's experience—his early life experiences growing up in communist Romania and his professional career working with the most powerful companies and brands in the world.
The business world has changed dramatically in recent years, and the standard paradigms of leadership espoused in such bestsellers as Good to Great and In Search of Excellence are losing their relevance. Peter Georgescu, former CEO of world-renowned advertising agency Young & Rubicam, identifies and explains this unprecedented shift, presenting five guiding principles for a new standard of leadership that turns the old model on its head and focuses on the two key sources of value???the customer and the creative employee. Georgescu declares that:
* Creative capacity and brand value are an organization's most important assets
* Enlightened leaders inspire creativity through understanding, cooperation, and respect. The time of the ruthless leader has passed
* Competence and execution are as important as ever, but brand value needs to be a core metric along with margins
* Alignment is the critical concept for the 21st-century organization
* Great companies don't happen without leaders who have transformed themselves.
Rich on many levels, the book is filled with stories taken from the author's own life experience???both his early personal experiences and his professional view working inside the most powerful companies and brands in the world.
About the Author
Peter Georgescu is chairman emeritus of EYoung & Rubicam Inc. Under his leadership, EYoung & Rubicam transformed from a private to a publicly held company. The company built the most extensive database on global branding and from its findings developed a proprietary model for diagnosing and managing brands. Georgescu was elected to the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2001.
David Dorsey is the author of The Force, which was selected as one of the ten best business books of the year by BusinessWeek. He is a freelance writer who has contributed to magazines such as Fast Company, Esquire, and Inc., among others.
Table of Contents
Foreword, by Ram Charan.
1. The End of the World as We Know It.
2. Creativity: Tomorrow’s Factory Today.
3. Enlightened Leadership: No More Mr. Tough Guy.
4. Competency: The Essential Tools.
5. Alignment: The Magic Word.
6. Values: Dare to Be Good.
Postscript: A Better Chance.
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