The CEO, Strategy, and Shareholder Value: Making the Choices That Maximize Company Performance

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Wiley, Feb 14, 2011 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Praise for "The CEO, Strategy, and Shareholder Value"

"Peter Kontes presents a clear-eyed framework for making the top management decisions that have a large and lasting impact on company performance. If your schedule only allows you time to read a few books a year, this should be one of them." --James E. (Jes) Staley, CEO, J.P. Morgan Investment Bank

"This is a first-class book that can make a difference in achieving results." --Jim Kilts, former chairman and CEO, The Gillette Company

"Peter Kontes has written a masterful and eminently readable book that makes clear the real work of the CEO. He debunks much of the voodoo that surrounds trendy management and performance concepts. It's a must-read for all who are charged with leadership in these turbulent times." --Arthur Martinez, former chairman and CEO, Sears, Roebuck and Company

"The marriage of theories on leadership, strategy, and finance is long overdue. In this book, Kontes brings these themes together around the principle that growing economic profit over time is, or should be, the common overriding objective of all three. He cogently argues and amply illustrates the pitfalls of conventional business practices across many areas, including target setting, competitive positioning, and capital management. Executives who take the time to read this book will come away with a wealth of ideas for changing these practices and significantly improving the performance of their companies." --Stan Garstka, Deputy Dean and Professor in the Practice of Management, Yale School of Management

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About the author (2011)

PETER KONTES has a long and distinguished career advising chief executives on all aspects of strategic management. Peter was the cofounder and former chief executive of Marakon Associates, a firm cited by Fortune magazine as "among the half dozen firms that form the elite of strategy consulting." He coauthored a previous book, The Value Imperative. He has been a guest speaker at conferences sponsored by the Economist, Fortune, the London School of Economics, and the World Economic Forum, and has had articles appear in a number of publications including the Financial Times and Directors & Boards. He is currently an Executive-in-Residence at the Yale School of Management and continues consulting independently. He can be contacted at

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