Summary of CEO Priorities

Master the Art of Surviving at the Top

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CEO Priorities book summary
The best person to teach you how to be a CEO is a successful CEO – like author Neil Giarratana.


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With more than three decades of experience as a CEO, Neil Giarratana knows how to run a company. His book includes real-life examples of common problems that confront CEOs and offers useful – if fairly elementary – advice on how to deal with those issues. Be sure to consider Giarratana’s suggestions in the context of your company – it’s possible that some of his ideas could land an inexperienced chief executive in hot water. Despite this caveat, Giarratana’s book offers notable value, particularly for neophyte executives. If you are a new CEO or a CEO-in-waiting, getAbstract recommends this briefing. Do heed one telling piece of advice: No one is going to watch your back or tend to your career as devotedly as you, so keep your eyes open.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a new CEO should proceed; and
  • How CEOs can be effective, protect their jobs and earn the loyalty of their subordinates.


Short-Term Work
In the United States, most CEOs last fewer than five years in their jobs due to economic uncertainties and constant change in the world of business. To survive, you must handle many challenges that will routinely develop to thwart you and hurt your firm. You also must construct...
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About the Author

Neil Giarratana served as the CEO of European subsidiaries of American firms and also as CEO of German companies operating in Europe and elsewhere.

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