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The Great CEO Within

By: Matt Mochary,Alex MacCaw,Misha Talavera
Narrated by: Joe Scalora
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Summary

Matt Mochary coaches the CEOs of many of the fastest-scaling technology companies in Silicon Valley. With The Great CEO Within, he shares his highly effective leadership and business-operating tools with any CEO or manager in the world. Learn how to efficiently scale your business from startup to corporation by implementing a system of accountability, effective problem-solving, and transparent feedback. 

Becoming a great CEO requires training. For a founding CEO, there is precious little time to complete that training, especially at the helm of a rapidly growing company. Now you have the guidance you need in one book.

©2019 Matt Mochary (P)2020 Upfront Books

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Brilliant - extreme value to volume ratio

Read it now. Eleven additional words of this this review are required on this screen.

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Spectacular!!!

Coach of Brex, rippling , gramarly

celebrate!!
appreciate
ask what’s great about your company!
wealth management! index funds & rebalancing! 10m - 100m!

work hours!
empathises OUTPUT! not hours!! / emphasis how much did we move the needle!!

hard working is a choice!!! / inspiring
tracking goals, habits, agreements, creating fun!

company is moving forward
they are heard!

amplified!
donut 🍩 to connect with employees!


promotion!
grade level planning!
every position / they clearly see what’s required

GLP! 150employees! 25 - 50 employees!!!

NVC /Radical cantor!!

GOal tracking!
evernote / omani focus, things!





Set vision and goals for the company!!! / quarterly!!!! 4DX vs OKR
2. Communicate with everyone
3. Track weekly lead & lag measures
4. Elicit feedback back right / needs work!!

200 peopl
6-8 weeks

Hire CEO

Original team members perform amazingly well!


Engineering team
- architect
- Project manager
- IC

Use PEO firm!!
Employees become employees of PEO

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Team
Company wide (all hands)
Office hours
Company wide social event
Quarterly planning offsite!!!!! / it has to be an offsite!

Team meeting could be 3h until everyone learns to record everything, then it become less


1. What are their goals
2. What's stopping / challenges
3. Ideal solutions

Please tell me more!

Seeds
Spears
Nets!!


First seeds (friends, investors) / then spears / then nets!!!!


3 - 6 people pre PMF

CEO - sales
2 engineers

6 CEO
3 engineers
1 designer
1 ops

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packed with useful info

a must listen. had to slow down the speed as it as so dense in useful info. also got the printed book to reread some sections.

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  • 14-12-21

Best for "touchy-feely" startups in the US

Great content, but a good portion will only really shine if you're a fast growing startup on the west coast and are into having intermingled work and personal life. There's a large focus on discussing "feelings" etc, which will work great in that environment, but will be less effective in NYC, Europe, and especially Eastern Europe. Having worked in all of those areas, the further east you go, the more there is a desire to keep work and personal life separate, and more of an emphasis on professionalism rather than discussing feelings and emotions in the work environment.

The book is very suited for the Silicon Valley culture, so has a lot of value if that's where you are.

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  • 27-01-23

Great book that you have to buy in print too

An actual blueprint for CEOs. No fluff, no anecdotes reenforcing his points, just applicable actions. I loved it, use a lot of it in my business and structuring how I do things. I don't use everything in it, but I use a lot, thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-23

Love love love

I will listen again! This book has so many helpful tips and resources, a must read CEOs and senior management down!

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  • Povilas Kriksciunas
  • 03-01-23

Business advice with specific examples

The author offers specific examples from personal experience for solving some common issues that arise in companies when leading teams. As promised in the beginning of the book, it managed to deliver both breadth (which may be repetitive to most great advice on business and strategy mentioned in other books) and depth (specific examples from personal experience).

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  • Beth Baden
  • 02-01-23

best business book I’ve ever read

You can tell this was created by someone that lived what he’s talking about. Very concise and useful. This will be one of a few books in my life I definitely read more than once. We’ll done!

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  • Vinh
  • 17-03-22

loved loved loved it

no bullsh*t. just pure good stuff from beginning to the end. great books recommendations.

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  • Sean
  • 10-03-22

Great CEO

I have the framework to be a great CEO now and the lessons presented in this book was easy to follow along. I love how the chapters were broken down too, making it easy to absorb one lesson and jump to the next.