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Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain: Lessons from Warren Buffett's Top Business Leaders

ISBN: 978-0-470-56062-4
192 pages
April 2010
Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain: Lessons from Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is a legend primarily for his investment philosophy. He isn’t concerned about the intricacies of the market, but instead focuses on the quality of the companies Berkshire Hathaway stands behind. Yet we know little about the leaders of the companies that Buffett handpicks.

In Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain: Lessons from Warren Buffett’s Top Business Leaders, author Ronald W. Chan — founder and CEO of Chartwell Capital — offers a behind-the-scenes look into the careers of Berkshire Hathaway executives who have both directly and indirectly contributed to the conglomerate’s success.

Drawing on exclusive interviews from Berkshire leaders, Chan vividly describes how an exceptional group of managers has built a culture of achievement. With a keen eye for detail, he shows how their lessons can be applied for career success and personal fulfillment. Brimming with practical advice, the book will appeal to both executives and employees wanting to improve their leadership skills and work performance.

Covering the career and life decisions of David Sokol of MidAmerican Energy, Cathy Baron-Tamraz of Business Wire, Dennis Knautz of Acme Brick, Randy Watson of Justin Brands, Stan Lipsey of Buffalo News, and many more, the book offers a wide range of business insights, philosophies, and strategies directly from leaders at the top of their fields.

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Preface.

Chapter 1 Exploring Life with Cathy Baron-Tamraz: Business Wire.

Chapter 2 Teaming Up with Randy Watson: Justin Brands.

Chapter 3 Taking Action with Stanford Lipsey: Buffalo News.

Chapter 4 Brainstorming with Barry Tatelman: Jordan's Furniture.

Chapter 5 Adding Value with Dennis Knautz: Acme Brick Company.

Chapter 6 Investigating Business with Brad Kinstler: See's Candies.

Chapter 7 Looking Forward with Marla Gottschalk: The Pampered Chef.

Chapter 8 Striving for Excellence with David Sokol: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.

Chapter 9 Learning to Adapt from Walter Scott Jr.: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.

Conclusion Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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Ronald W. Chan is the founder and CEO of Chartwell Capital Limited, an investment management company based in Hong Kong. He is a frequent contributor to financial newspapers and magazines in the Asia Pacific region. Ronald received bachelor of science degrees in finance and accounting from New York University.  
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“Berkshire is where it is today because of the all-stars running our various operating businesses. This book captures what makes them special.”
– Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

“Ronald Chan has peaked behind the curtain that surrounds Berkshire Hathaway. He introduces us to a superb sample of the remarkable team of leaders who manage the living museum of great companies that Warren Buffett has gathered under the aegis of Berkshire Hathaway.”
– Donald Keough, Chairman of the Board, Allen & Company, Inc., author of The Ten Commandments for Business Failure

“This book will help you learn how Berkshire Hathaway managers built highly successful businesses before acquisition by Berkshire, and how they remain productive now. There are many wonderful ideas scattered throughout, ideas that every manager should carefully study.”
– Prem C. Jain, McDonough Professor of Accounting and Finance, Georgetown University, author of Buffett Beyond Value

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April 26, 2010
Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain

Warren Buffett is a legend primarily for his philosophy on investing. He isn't concerned about the intricacies of the market, instead, he focuses on the quality of the companies Berkshire Hathaway stands behind. But how much do we know about the leaders of the companies that Buffett handpicks? In BEHIND THE BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY CURTAIN: Lessons from Warren Buffett’s Top Business Leaders (Wiley; May 2010; $XX), author Ronald Chan—the founder and CEO of Chartwell Capital—offers an inside look at the leaders who have contributed to Berkshire’s great success.

 

Through exclusive interviews with top executives and CEOs, author Ronald Chan takes us behind the scenes to learn about the early career and life decisions made by the executives at Berkshire Hathaway.  Chan explores the career courses these individuals charted, what valuable learning experiences they gained along the way, and how they became part of the world’s most dynamic conglomerate.

 

Filled with practical insights and advice, this invaluable resource:

 

*Contains lessons that’s both executives and employees can use to improve their performance and leadership skills

*Provides in depth interviews with Berkshire Hathaway executives and CEOs, including David Sokol of MidAmerican Energy, Walter Scott Jr. of Level 3 Communications, Cathy Baron Tamraz of Business Wire, Brad Kinstler of See’s Candies, and many more

*Offers a wide range of business philosophies, strategies, and mindsets from people at the top of their fields.

 

With BEHIND THE BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY CURTAIN, Chan has brought to life how an exceptional group of managers have contributed to a culture of achievement and how their lessons can be applied—in both the workplace and life—for great career success and personal fulfillment.

 
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