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Author Blythe McGarvie presents a thoughtful, intelligent analysis of the paradox of leadership success - the simultaneous needs to "fit in" and "stand out" She teaches the prospective executive how to build a strong platform of leadership, resting firmly on this seemingly contradictory foundation. McGarvie explains that to be accepted and allowed to thrive, you must learn how to integrate or "fit in" to your company’s culture and structure. Then, you must also "stand out" by visibly exhibiting your strengths, intelligence and talents, so you can move up the ladder. Drawing on her extensive executive experience, she breaks the "FISO Factor" down into six basic elements including fiscal savvy, honor, perceptiveness, networking, thirst for knowledge and worldwide citizenship. getAbstract recommends this well-reasoned, thought-provoking leadership development program to anyone who is searching for the keys to unlock the executive suite.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to master the powerful combination of management traits you need to "fit in" and "stand out;"
  • How to apply the six elements of the "FISO Factor" to become an inspiring leader; and
  • How these basics also apply to your company.

About the Author

Blythe J. McGarvie was one of only ten women CFO’s in the Fortune 500 in 1995. She is founder and president of a corporate consultancy and serves on the boards of several major corporations. She is a frequent public speaker on leadership and strategic initiatives.



"The FISO Factor"
The FISO Factor is the ability to "fit in" with your co-workers and the corporate culture of your workplace. But, it is also the ability to shine brilliantly so you "stand out" from the crowd every now and then. Trying to fit in and stand out at the same time may seem...

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