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The Naked CEO: The Truth You Need to Build a Big Life

The Naked CEO: The Truth You Need to Build a Big Life

Alex Malley

ISBN: 978-0-730-31460-8

Sep 2014, Wrightbooks

240 pages



The Naked CEO's guide to achieving your dream, starting now

From suspended schoolboy to disruptive CEO, Alex Malley, The Naked CEO, has led a life rich in successes and mistakes. Through it all he has learned a lot about what it takes to successfully build not only a big career, but also a big life.

Gain insights from a successful CEO who's lived a big life. Be inspired by his unabashed real-life stories. Learn how to dream big and have the courage to pursue your passions and be willing to fail in that quest. Take the practical tips and apply them to your own career.

Whether you're a student, jobseeker, professional, new to the workforce or just stuck in a rut, this book is your guide through the hurdles of the career journey to a big life. As a father of seven, Alex knows that this is the perfect book for parents or mentors looking to inspire the next generation.

Career-readiness is a skill that people need. It can be learned the hard way, after years on the job and many potentially serious missteps, or it can be learned ahead of time by listening to those who have been there. The Naked CEO helps graduates, jobseekers, and professionals learn the lessons and limit their mistakes.

Learn how to:

  • Become a leader
  • Successfully stand out and get noticed
  • Harness the power of being yourself
  • Network and create a profile
  • Establish rapport with colleagues and turn around an under-performing team
  • Get organised, spot opportunities, and learn how to say no
  • Set priorities, build confidence, learn how to delegate, and more

The Naked CEO is the truth you need to build a big life.

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About Alex Malley xvii

Acknowledgements xix

Prologue xxi

Part I: Dare to dream

1 Be yourself 5

2 Dreams don’t happen overnight 13

3 Mistakes make you smarter and stronger 19

4 Insights come from everywhere 27

5 The black box 35

Part II: Create your own universe 43

6 Study — finish what you start 47

7 Networking for novices 55

8 Get LinkedIn 63

9 Creating a resume that gets read 71

10 Succeeding at job interviews 79

Part III: It’s all about the people 91

11 The first day of a new job 95

12 Establishing a rapport with your colleagues 101

13 Remembering and using people’s names 109

14 Team work and poor team performance 115

15 Getting people to say ‘yes’ 123

Part IV: Be the best person you can be 131

16 Getting organised and getting things done 135

17 Spotting an opportunity and standing out 141

18 Sucking it up 149

19 Pushing back and saying ‘no’ 157

20 Working out when to leave 167

Part V: The leadership track 175

21 Setting priorities 179

22 The importance of delegating 187

23 Building your leadership confidence 195

24 The work–life balance myth 203

25 Leadership — it’s personal 209

Conclusion 215

Index 217

“..this is a very personal book which makes it more powerful, as it shows this is not just theory but it works” (Financial Adviser, February 2015)