Put the Moose on the Table: Lessons in Leadership from a CEO's Journey through Business and Life

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Indiana University Press, Apr 3, 2003 - Business & Economics - 304 pages

"This is the book that needed to be written in this time of tribulation for American business.... a must-read." -- Norman R. Augustine, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Lockheed Martin Corporation

"Aspiring CEOs and leaders of all kinds -- as well as anyone depressed at recent revelations of the dark side of American business behavior -- should read this book." -- Nannerl O. Keohane, President, Duke University

"He has accurately described the critical role that character plays in the leadership equation... and in life. This is a superb book." -- General Charles C. Krulak (Ret), 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

Like a moose in the living room, some problems are hard to ignore. Randall Tobias says that whether these problems are in business or in life, it is best to confront them openly and honestly.

Put the Moose on the Table sets forth the ethical lessons Tobias first learned as a youth in Remington, Indiana, which continued to guide his upward trajectory through the business world. Among the topics he discusses are leading by example, dealing with wrenching change, the importance of openness versus secrecy, mentoring, and "the vision thing."

This is an enlightening and hopeful book about succeeding without selling out, turning change to advantage, and confronting difficult issues, told from the point of view of one who has played a significant role in two of the major corporate transformations of our time.


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TWO The Ghost Ship
THREE The Opposite of Wine
FOUR Small Town Big Lessons
FIVE A Complete Education
SIX The Hierarchy of Secrets
SEVEN Bond Traders
EIGHT Focusing the Boxes
NINE Risky Business
TEN When Its Time to Go
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About the author (2003)

Randall L. Tobias was Chairman, President, and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company until his retirement at the end of 1998, when he was named Chairman Emeritus. Before joining Lilly, he had a distinguished career at AT&T, where he was Vice Chairman in the years following the government-ordered breakup of the company in 1984 and negotiated the first-ever telecommunications deal with China. Still active in corporate and community life, Tobias serves on the boards of a number of major corporations and foundations.

Todd Tobias is President of Table Moose Media, Publisher of Indy Men's Magazine, and Vice President of the Randall L. Tobias Foundation.

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