It's Lonely at the Top!: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Leader of Your Small Company

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iUniverse, Sep 7, 2011 - Business & Economics - 332 pages
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As the owner and CEO of a small or midsized business, the success or failure of your operation begins and ends with you. But success doesnt just mean earning profits. To truly be a leader, you must strive to improve the welfare of your employees, stakeholders, and others allied with your business by envisioning and implementing a strategy for success. Make the right decisions with the guidance of author Oswald R. Viva, a longtime entrepreneur and business coach, using this straightforward manual. Youll be jotting down notes nonstop as you learn how to: motivate yourself to the best CEO you can be; create a work culture that cultivates achievement; delegate and make employees accountable; improve every aspect of your organization. This guide points you to the knowledge that can help you make the right decisions even in the toughest situations. Its Lonely at the Top, but when you seek out the right guidance and make educated moves, you can accomplish your objectives, become a better leader, and increase profitability for your small or midsized business.

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This book is not a “how to” manual to tell you what you should do; rather it is meant as a coaching session with you one-on-one. My job as your business coach is not to tell you what to do or to give ... Read full review

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I'm always looking for ways to improve my business. In these tough economic times I need all the help I can find to succeed!
This book was Insightful and educational! Was hard to put down. Learned new and productive ways to help run my small business. Thanks!


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Oswald R. Viva is the founder and President of V&A Management, LLC; a consulting company founded in 1985, now dedicated to helping small and midsize businesses. He has over 20 years of top corporate management in large and small companies, including multiple “C” Level positions, 15 years as consultant in high-tech and manufacturing industries worldwide, and eleven years as CEO and executive coach for small and midsize businesses. As an entrepreneur himself, Oswald has participated in eight startups either as a Principal and Founder or as a consultant in an acting leadership position, including multiple CEO positions. He was also the owner of one of the most successful franchises of The Alternative Board (TAB). Entrepreneurship is part of his DNA, having started his first venture as a teenager. Following his love and dedication to entrepreneurial ventures, for the last eleven years he has limited his practice to small and midsize companies. As a CEO and executive coach he applies the extensive knowledge and experience acquired, to help small-to-midsize businesses achieve their potential, by assisting their leaders to reach their personal and business goals. His formal education includes degrees in Mechanical Engineering and extensive training in Business Administration, Finance and Management. He is a Certified Management Consultant, Coach and Facilitator, a member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and a member of the Fortune Business Leaders council. He has served in the Board of Directors of eight entrepreneurial companies in various fields. He is the inventor of record in several patents obtained during his participation in technical fields, and has received several awards in the management and entrepreneurial field. Born in Argentina, he migrated to the US fifty-two years ago. He has been married to the love of his life for fifty-two years and resides in Phoenixville, PA. He is the father of four children and grandfather of twelve.

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