Staying Power - 30 Secrets Invincible Executives Use for Getting to the Top And Staying There


Staying Power—30 Secrets Invincible Executives Use for Getting to the Top And Staying There

THOMAS A. SCHWEICH

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Schweich, Thomas A., 1960-
       Staying power : 30 secrets invincible executives use for getting to the top—and
   staying there / Thomas A. Schweich.
             p. cm.
       Includes index.
 

ISBN 0-07-139517-2

1. Executive ability. 2. Leadership. 3. Management. I. Title.

HD38.25.U6S39 2003

658.4'09—dc21 2003041986

Copyright 2003 by Thomas A. Schweich.

All rights reserved.

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To my wife, Kathy, and my children, Emilie and Thomas Jr.

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank my editor, Judith McCarthy, for her skill, encouragement, and enthusiasm. She is a true professional, and I have very much enjoyed working with her on my past two book projects. My agent, Wendy Sherman, has become one of my most trusted advisers, not only in my writing, but in life generally. My wife and family have been wonderful supporters—letting me toil away in my home office without interruption and with genuine support and excitement.

I would also like to thank the dozens of people who took time out to help me with the material for this book. It is my first book that required a lot of outside assistance. Thanks to my partners and associates at Bryan Cave who helped me line up interviews, including Chairman Walter L. Metcalfe Jr., Senator John C. Danforth, and Edward L. Dowd Jr. Thanks to my assistants Colleen Kashif and Alesia Carter for arranging the complex logistics of the interviews, typing up interview reports, and assisting me with the final edits to the book.

And thanks especially to the top leaders who took time out from their busy schedules to talk to me about their views on success. They are

Douglas G. Bain

Richard R. Bell

Andrew N. "Drew" Baur

Norma B. Clayton

Adam Clymer

Thomas J. "Tom" O'Neill

Sheryl Crow

James F. "Jim" Parker

John C. "Jack" Danforth

Admiral Joseph Prueher

Robert J. "Bob" Dole

Janet Reno

Edward L. "Ed" Dowd Jr.

Dave G. Ruf Jr.

Patrick J. "Pat" Finneran

Joseph Ryan

Samuel "Sam" Fox

Lt. Gen. John B. Sams Jr.

Ronald J. Gafford

Jack Schmitt

Richard A. Gephardt

Bruno Schmitter

Joel Gotler

Michael M. "Mike" Sears

Earl G. Graves

William "Bill" Shaw

Thomas M. "Tom" Gunn

Gina Shock

Juanita H. Hinshaw

Alan K. Simpson

Dr. Joshua Korzenik

Barrett A. Toan

Stephen K. Lambright

Hendrik A. Verfaillie

Christopher Lloyd

William "Bill" Winter

J. W. "Bill" Marriott Jr.