The Why CEOs Fail Toolkit

The Why CEOs Fail Toolkit is a personal set of resources specifically designed to help you apply five lessons for becoming a better CEO.

In the special report entitled “Why CEOs Fail”, I outline a handful of practical steps you can take to avoid becoming the bottleneck when growing your business.

You may have found the 5 ways I wrote about in Why CEOs Fail interesting, perhaps even compelling. The Why CEOs Fail Toolkit is designed to be your companion – to equip and encourage you to do the exercises I have recommended for you.

It has been said before that training without coaching is just entertainment. You’ve read the report, you’ve taken the training. I’ve given you the coaching, now it’s your turn to do the practice.

How to Get the Most Out of This Toolkit

The exercises I share have been tested and validated with hundreds of CEOs and Managing Directors over a period of more than fifteen years. Here are some suggestions about how to prepare yourself to use them to provoke both insight and foresight.

  1. Print out (or purchase a physical version) the special report Why CEOs Fail. You’ll want to have the five lessons handy to use alongside each of the tools as you progressively work your way through the toolkit.
  2. Print out The Why CEOs Fail Toolkit so that you have a copy of each of the practice exercises. Note that some tools will require you to either print or copy one or more of the templates several times.
  1. Schedule an optimal time in your diary to work on these exercises. Allow an hour per exercise. You may find mornings are better than afternoons to do your best thinking.
  1. Put yourself into “Do Not Disturb” mode. This may involve closing your door (or moving to a private meeting room), turning your mobile phone and tablet off or into flight mode, turning your PC off or into sleep mode, letting people around you know that you would not like to be disturbed for a period of time.
  1. Remember that these are practice exercises. There are no right or wrong answers – initially at least. They key is to simply engage with the exercises and see what comes up, and out on paper.
  1. Come back to your work on these exercises 24-48 hours later and review your responses afresh. Now is the time to assess and develop your thinking further. Are your thinking (head), feeling (heart) and knowing (gut) aligned and in agreement? If not, why?
  1. Once you are satisfied that you have reflected sufficiently, consider what new or other actions arise from the enhanced levels of insight and foresight that you have generated.
  1. As the work you do using these templates may contain some sensitive information, think about where and how to store your work securely.

As Goethe once wisely observed, “After all our studies, we acquire only that which we put into practice”.

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