Put the Moose on the Table

Put the Moose on the Table

Lessons in Leadership from a CEO’s Journey through Business and Life
Randall L. Tobias and Todd Tobias
Distribution: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Publication date: 04/03/2003
Format: Hardback 40 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-34239-3
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This is the book that needed to be written in this time of tribulation for American business.... a must-read."—Norman R. Augustine, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Aspiring CEOs and leaders of all kinds—as well as anyone depressed at recent revelations of the dark side of American business behavior—should read this book."—Nannerl O. Keohane, President, Duke University

He has accurately described the critical role that character plays in the leadership equation... and in life. This is a superb book."—General Charles C. Krulak (Ret), 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

Like a moose in the living room, some problems are hard to ignore. Randall Tobias says that whether these problems are in business or in life, it is best to confront them openly and honestly.

Put the Moose on the Table sets forth the ethical lessons Tobias first learned as a youth in Remington, Indiana, which continued to guide his upward trajectory through the business world. Among the topics he discusses are leading by example, dealing with wrenching change, the importance of openness versus secrecy, mentoring, and "the vision thing."

This is an enlightening and hopeful book about succeeding without selling out, turning change to advantage, and confronting difficult issues, told from the point of view of one who has played a significant role in two of the major corporate transformations of our time.

Author Bio

Randall L. Tobias was Chairman, President, and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company until his retirement at the end of 1998, when he was named Chairman Emeritus. Before joining Lilly, he had a distinguished career at AT&T, where he was Vice Chairman in the years following the government-ordered breakup of the company in 1984 and negotiated the first-ever telecommunications deal with China. Still active in corporate and community life, Tobias serves on the boards of a number of major corporations and foundations.

Todd Tobias is President of Table Moose Media, Publisher of Indy Men's Magazine, and Vice President of the Randall L. Tobias Foundation.

Reviews

“Tobias makes it clear that the values and work ethic that led to his success were derived by his upbringing in rural Remington, Ind. It is fitting, therefore, that University of Indiana Press put this moose on the table to challenge the thinking of corporate leaders and aspirants to leadership positions in American business, cultural and political life.”
 — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“". . . Mr. Tobias has produced an informative and even affecting memoir. His plain-spoken style comes to seem refreshing rather than dull, and ultimately the book succeeds precisely because Mr. Tobias has brought along the moose. . . . [W]e are left with an impression of a decent man whose experiences offer many lessons indeed." —Wall Street Journal ". . . a frank, likable tome that will inspire leaders looking for guidance." —Dallas Morning News ". . . a hold-no-punches book . . . the reader comes away buying into his view that leadership is beyond being an effective manager and means leaving indelible footprints." —Journal of Business Strategy ". . . challenge[s] the thinking of corporate leaders and aspirants to leadership positions in American business, cultural and political life." —San Jose Mercury News "Here, finally, is a CEO's story that rings and sings with truth as well as wisdom and inspiration. Randy Tobias has had his ups and his downs. Read all about them in a way you will never forget—or regret." —Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS "This is the book that needed to be written in this time of tribulation for American business. . . . a must-read." —Norman R. Augustine, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Lockheed Martin Corporation "Aspiring CEOs and leaders of all kinds—as well as anyone depressed at recent revelations of the dark side of American business behavior—should read this book." —Nannerl O. Keohane, President, Duke University The former CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and Vice Chairman of AT&T tells how to confront difficult issues, succeed without selling out, and turn change to advantage.”

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:
Introduction
1. Prescription for Disaster
2. The Ghost Ship
3. The Opposite of Wine
4. Small Town, Big Lessons
5. A Complete Education
6. The Hierarchy of Secrets
7. Bond Traders
8. Focusing the Boxes
9. Risky Business
10. When It's Time to Go
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index