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Put the Moose on the Table: Lessons in Leadership from a Ceo's Journey Through Business and Life

Randall Tobias with Todd Tobias

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Format: Hardcover, 184pp.
ISBN: 9780253342393
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Pub. Date: April 2003

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Like a moose in the living room some problems are just plain hard to ignore. Try as we might to keep them out of sight, they have a way of hanging around, demanding to be addressed. The best thing to do is confront them and look for a solution. Those who fail to do so usually come to regret that they didn't put the moose on the table.

Put the Moose on the Table is an effort to capture the lessons learned by one man over the course of a life and a career in the corporate world. It's about his experiences and the lessons in leadership he learned during a time of unprecedented change in the world of American business. It's about beliefs reinforced, such as the importance of values and character, and about things learned the hard way, especially while managing change in the absence of a clear and compelling strategic vision.

Put the Moose on the Table contains lessons about
  • Leading by example
  • Vision
  • Successful communication
  • Mentoring
  • Depth vs. breadth
  • Openness vs. secrecy
  • Values and the bonds of reciprocity
  • Deciding what business you're in
  • Risk taking and risk aversion
  • Planning for succession

Though these observations don't provide a universal remedy for all situations, in all places, at all times, there are conclusions to be drawn and lessons to be learned.


"Here, finally, is a CEO's story that rings and sings with truth as well as wisdom and inspiration...."
—Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

"...American business has never produced an individual more qualified to address such irreplaceable qualities. This is a must-read."
—Norman R. Augustine, Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation

"Randy Tobias' attention to corporate ethics derives from his personal values; he stands as living evidence...with doing what's right."
—Nannerl O. Keohane, President, Duke University

"[A] book on leadership that would serve as a guide on the battlefield as well as in the boardroom...."
—Nannerl O. Keohane, President, Duke University

"Randy Tobias has written about the importance of commitment and focus...about doing things the right way...."
—Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts

About the Author

Randall Tobias was Chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company from 1993 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. Tobias serves on the boards of a number of major corporations and foundations, and he is an active member of the Indianapolis community. He has a particular interest in the cause of teaching children to read and improving kindergarten through twelfth-grade education in Indiana.

Todd Tobias is President and Editorial Director of Table Moose Media, and Founder of INDY MEN'S MAGAZINE.

Table of Contents

1Prescription for Disaster1
2The Ghost Ship20
3The Opposite of Wine44
4Small Town, Big Lessons79
5A Complete Education100
6The Hierarchy of Secrets123
7Bond Traders142
8Focusing the Boxes170
9Risky Business199
10When It's Time To Go213
Tobias's Lessons in Leadership246

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