Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain: Lessons from Warren Buffett's Top Business Leaders
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.
Chapter 1 Exploring Life with Cathy Baron-Tamraz: Business Wire 1
Chapter 2 Teaming Up with Randy Watson: Justin Brands 19
Chapter 3 Taking Action with Stanford Lipsey: Buffalo News 37
Chapter 4 Brainstorming with Barry Tatelman: Jordan's Furniture 53
Chapter 5 Adding Value with Dennis Knautz: Acme Brick Company 69
Chapter 6 Investigating Business with Brad Kinstler: See’s Candies 87
Chapter 7 Looking Forward with Marla Gottschalk: The Pampered Chef 105
Chapter 8 Striving for Excellence with David Sokol: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company 121
Chapter 9 Learning to Adapt from Walter Scott Jr.: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company 141
Conclusion Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain 157
About the Author 171
– 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
– 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
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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