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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William J. Ferguson Narrator: Steven Menasche Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781469028378
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Becoming a successful entrepreneur takes energy and drive. Less than 20 percent make it beyond the first three years. Achieving the next level, the status of business titan—the upper echelon of leadership—takes an unrelenting commitment to turn an idea into a plan, a plan into a start-up venture, and a venture into a successful business. The chances of getting to the top are slim at best, relying on a particular set of skills and attributes. 

In The Wisdom of Titans, William Ferguson shares how ten famous titans, from Bill Marriott to Julia Stewart, made it to the top, for every entrepreneur to learn from and follow. The audiobook describes the challenges of leading service organizations, in particular, where managing and motivating thousands of people can make or break the business. The audiobook provides advice for those just starting out as well as business leaders looking to take their enterprise to the next level.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In The Wisdom of Titans, Bill Ferguson brings together a who’s who of entrepreneurs who candidly share lessons learned on their journeys. The book contains important commonalities—passion, focus on the bottom line, growing market share, developing a team—as well as ‘secret sauce’ ingredients unique to each individual. This is a must-read for anyone who is or wants to be a successful entrepreneur.”

    Jeffrey Fox, Fox & Company, author of the bestselling The Transformative CEO

  • “What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? In The Wisdom of Titans, Bill Ferguson goes to the source to answer that question—the top executives and highly successful business builders across industries from hospitality to health care. Their ‘success secrets’ encompass solid business practices as well as those unique traits and qualities that make a difference between good and great. This book is a game-changer for anyone interested in the entrepreneurial journey.”

    Thomas Priselac, president and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System

  • “Being your own boss is the great American dream, but only 1% of entrepreneurs are truly successful. Ferguson, chairman and CEO of Ferguson Partners, interviewed some of the world’s best-known entrepreneurs in order to instruct a wide audience: entrepreneurs whose businesses have stalled; corporate leaders who want to take a more entrepreneurial approach; budding entrepreneurs; and M.B.A. students…[the] interviewees instruct the reader to have fun at work, be a student of the business, make a mark outside the mainstream, grow the bottom line, mentor others, create value out of a vision, take risks, measure progress, maintain integrity, and leave a legacy…the overall message is strong.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

William J. Ferguson serves as chairman and CEO of Ferguson Partners Ltd. and as the co-chairman and co-CEO of FPL Advisory Group. He conducts senior management recruiting assignments, with a specialization in president/chief executive officer searches and recruiting assignments for Boards of Trustees/Directors. He also conducts CEO succession planning assignments and facilitates public company board assessments and senior management assessments. Ferguson is a widely respected author and speaker on the topic of leadership. He holds a BA from Harvard University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA in marketing from the Wharton Graduate School of Business.

About the Narrator

Steve Menasche is a conservatory-trained actor and musician who has toured the world with West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the American Folk Theatre. As a voice actor, he has been the “guy next door” voice for numerous national radio and television campaigns, including Proactive, Arby’s, Countywide, Shaklee, and Lexus. He can also be seen as an on-screen actor featured in nationwide ads for IBM. He is a fourth-degree black belt in jujitsu who still practices regularly and volunteers for underprivileged children.