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60-Minute CEO: Mastering Leadership an Hour at a Time by Dick Cross

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Chapter 4

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60 Minutes … Really?

The biggest gasps I provoke, along with the coldest looks, come when I offer my opinion that the Job at the Top is less than a full-time occupation. Dramatically less.

In chapter 3, under the heading “Thinking,” I made the point that most CEOs spend considerable time doing things they knew how to do before they got their current jobs: financial management, sales, production, R&D, and the like. A significant portion of the rest of their time is taken up informing outsiders—including investors, lenders, trade press, suppliers, and the government—about the state of the company, a task that often spurs debilitating stress ...

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