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Successful Nonprofits Podcast

Mar 6, 2018

Some of us shy away from the pursuing a CEO position because we think we don’t have the personality, experience, or savvy to be a successful. We typically assume there is only one personality type for being a successful CEO, and this is misleading.

Today we speak with Kim Powell who shares insight from over 100 interviews with successful CEOs in her latest book, The CEO Next Door. This conversation:

  1. Debunks CEO Myths
  2. Explains how to achieve the CEO mindset
  3. Shares the importance of acting decisively and proactively  



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*****Time Stamped Highlights*****

(2:30) Myth busters: Successful CEOs have Ivy League degrees

(5:45) Myth #2: Successful CEOs began pursuing the top-seat early in their careers

(7:00) Myth #3: The CEO is a superhero who saves the day

(8:00) Myth #4: Successful CEOs are extroverts

(8:35) Myth #5: Successful CEOs have swung from success to success throughout their careers

(11:15) Career blowups are an opportunity to learn

(15:50) Kim discusses four behaviors that can propel someone to the CEO position

(17:00) Behavior 1: Being accurately decisive

(18:00) Behavior 2: Reliability

(20:25) Behavior 3: Engaging for impact

(21:23) Behavior 4: Adapting proactively

(24:45) Kim’s shares her most interesting interview conducted for her book

(28:15) Kim shares the most diplomatic ways interviewees turned down her interviews for her book