I've been privileged to work with a handful of CEOs to tell their stories, some as autobiographies. For a full list, contact me by e-mail. Below are three terrific books written with CEOs.

Building Tall

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Building Tall My Life and the Invention of Construction Management A Memoir By John L. Tishman and Tom ShachtmanIn this memoir, University of Michigan graduate John L. Tishman recounts the experiences and rationale that led him to create the entirely new profession now recognized and practiced as Construction Management. It evolved from his work as the construction leader of the “owner/builder” firm Tishman Realty & Construction, and his personal role as hands-on Construction Manager in the building of an astonishing array of some of the world’s tallest and most complex projects. These include:

  • The world’s first three 100-story towers—the original “twin towers” of the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Hancock Tower in Chicago.
  • The EPCOT Center at Disney World.
  • The Renaissance Center in Detroit.
  • New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Tishman interweaves the stories behind the construction of these and many other important buildings and projects with personal reminiscences of his dealings with Henry Ford, Jr., Disney’s Michael Eisner, casino magnate Steve Wynn, and many others into a practical history of the field of Construction Management, which he pioneered.

This book will be of interest not only to a general public intrigued by the stories and personalities behind many of the most iconic construction projects of the post–World War II period in the United States but to students of engineering and architecture and members of the new field of Construction Management.

“John Tishman is a true pioneer in the Construction Management industry. Through his CM leadership, some of America’s most well-known buildings have been brought to successful completion.”-—Bruce D’Agostino, president and chief executive, Construction Management Association of America

“Building Tall will provide readers with insights into John Tishman’s career as a visionary engineer, landmark builder, and great businessman. Responsible for some of the construction world’s most magnificent projects, John is one of the preeminent alumni in the history of Michigan Engineering. His perspectives have helped me throughout my time as dean, and his impact will influence generations of Construction Management professionals and students.”-—David C. Munson, Jr., Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, University of Michigan

John L. Tishman serves as Chairman Emeritus of Tishman Realty & Construction, now a division of Aecom. Mr. Tishman was personally in charge of such landmark projects as the World Trade Center in New York, the renovation of Carnegie Hall, the John Hancock Center in Chicago, the Century Club Theme Center in Los Angeles, and the Walt Disney Company’s EPCOT in Orlando. On the board of trustees for The New School University since 1981, he served two terms as the board’s chairman. He has also served on the boards of New York University Medical School, Carnegie Hall, and the Central Park Conservancy. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

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Image By Design

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Image By Design by Clive Chajet, Tom ShachtmanIMAGE BY DESIGN: FROM CORPORATE VISION TO BUSINESS REALITY, by Clive Chajet and Tom Shachtman

A company’s image is a vital corporate asset and can make all the difference in a competitive marketplace. However, observes Clive Chajet, America’s leading expert on image management and corporate identity, corporate image is all too often undervalued and, even worse, ignored.

In this insightful book, Chajet and Shachtman tell the stories of such “image by design” successes as Coca-Cola, Humana Hospitals, Amtrak, NYNEX, Infiniti automobiles, and many other corporate image campaigns managed by Chajet’s company, Lippincott & Margulies.

“One of the most thorough treatments of this critically important management function yet compiled. Especially relevant is Chajet’s insistence that imagery match reality. It’s not enough to say you are a caring company. That value system must emanate, by design, from the very core of the organization and be exhibited through consistently trustworthy behavior.” – Ralph S. Larsen, Chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson.

“IMAGE BY DESIGN really tells is like it is. Images, or a company’s promotion, must match its product – no better, no worse. Clive Chajet makes that interestingly clear in this no-nonsense approach to image-making.” — Al Neuharth, founder, USA Today.

“Clive Chajet is a master at probing the corporate psyche and prescribing a name change to cure what ails it. How his firm comes up with ‘total identity systems’ for the cream of corporate America makes for fascinating (and somewhat scary) reading.” — Rance Crain, President and Editorial Director, Crain’s.

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Straight To The Top

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Straight To The Top by Paul G. Stern, Tom ShachtmanSTRAIGHT TO THE TOP: BEYOND LOYALTY, GAMESMANSHIP, MENTORS, AND OTHER CORPORATE MYTHS. By Paul G. Stern and Tom Shachtman.

“There’s no such thing as corporate loyalty.” “It’s up to you to manage your boss.” “Train yourself not to be afraid of getting fired.” These anti-establishment concepts may sound strange coming from a man who was promoted 14 times at IBM in 7 years, and whose positions include President and COO of Burroughs, President of Unisys, CEO of Northern Telecom, and CEO of Braun – all by age fifty. Yet he used these and other strategies to manage his own career, to become not only a wealthy man but also one of the country’s most respected executives. In a sophisticated insider’s book that goes beyond the ordinary career guides, Stern provides ambitious corporate employees with the detailed, comprehensive advice they need to move of the ladder of management and into the elite circles at the top. From visualizing long-term goals, to picking the right assignments, to coping with corporate gamesmen, to the nitty-gritty of hiring and firing … it’s all here.

“A book for the aggressively ambitious. Stern prescribes his own potent brand of career advice. Judiciously followed his suggestions could prove effective in cutting through much of today’s corporate underbrush and deadwood.” – Booklist

“Down to earth …. Highly readable …. Singularly practical … a lively attack on red-tape bureaucracy and timid management.” – Publisher’s Weekly

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