Crack the C-Suite Code
How Successful Leaders Make It to the TopWharton School Press
A 2018 DIGITAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST BUSINESS BOOK
Covered in Forbes, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review, Crack the C-Suite Code is "a true insider's guide," according to Harvard Business School professor Boris Groysberg.
How can I reach the C-suite? That is the most common question Cassandra Frangos hears from the executives she coaches. Many aspire to reach the C-suite, but the typical paths to the top are hard to find and difficult to follow.
In Crack the C-Suite Code, Frangos reveals the hidden dynamics for reaching the C-suite. She offers expert guidance based on her experience as a consultant at Spencer Stuart and former head of global executive talent at Cisco, a company with 70,000 employees. Her deep research on the topic includes candid interviews with CEOs, hundreds of aspiring C-suite candidates, and the leading experts in the field.
Frangos identifies four core paths you can follow to reach the C-suite: The Tenured Executive, The Free Agent, The Leapfrog Leader, and The Founder. To actively improve your chances for success, she presents:
Insider knowledge from current CEOs and well-known executivesGuiding questions that clarify the risks and rewards associated with each pathAccelerators and derailers that either enhance or detract from your chances to succeedAdvice on how to leverage your experience, leadership brand, and mindset to help you land on the C-suite short listInsight on how the evolving role of the CEO affects your strategy to reach the top
A career playbook for anyone who aspires to the top spot, Crack the C-Suite Code features advice from successful C-level leaders, including Accompany's Amy Chang, Goldman Sachs' Edith Cooper, Nest's Yoky Matsuoka, Cisco's Chuck Robbins, and Corning's Wendell Weeks. These and other top leaders from a broad range of companies, including Microsoft, Google, and General Electric, tell the stories of their success and help aspiring executives crack the C-suite code.
"If you've ever wanted to really figure out how to ascend to the C-suite, this is your Rosetta Stone."—James M. Citrin, Leader, Spencer Stuart CEO Practice, and author, You're In Charge, Now What?
"Frangos has created a roadmap for executives on the fast track."
—Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor and Executive Presence
"In this compact book, Frangos focuses on the Holy Grail of the C-suite, which sits at the pinnacle of every professional career, and lays out not only a variety of reasons why people might want to achieve that goal, but also an assortment of methods for attaining it . . . . A lean and bracingly straightforward look at the core paths to the executive suite."—Kirkus Reviews
"If you've ever wanted to really figure out how to ascend to the C-suite, this is your Rosetta Stone. Based on in-depth research and case studies, Frangos identifies and quickly brings to life the four key routes to the top. A must-read for all aspiring executives!"—James M. Citrin, Leader, Spencer Stuart CEO Practice, and Author, You're in Charge, Now What?
"Frangos has created a roadmap for executives on the fast track. With concrete depth, she lays out the tactics that guarantee a spot on the top team."—Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Author, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor and Executive Presence
"Stories straight from CEOs combined with expert advice make this a true insider's guide. The framework provided by Frangos is clearly understood, practical and rooted in real-world insights, making this book a powerful tool for students and executives alike as they strategically map out the future of their careers."—Boris Groysberg, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
"With insightful advice and input from scores of C-suite executives, Frangos creates a roadmap for professional success that is both compelling and entertaining."—David P. Norton, Co-founder, The Palladium Group, and Co-creator, Balanced Scorecard Collaborative