A year ago, Fortune Magazine published my reflections on my rise to the corner office, my life as a CEO and how I coped with the years that followed my exit from the corporate throne. In the sub-head to In the CEO Afterlife, the publisher described my tale this way: Former CEO John Bell gives his take on life after ditching the corner office for good and the search for fulfillment beyond business success. For those who may be interested, my days in the CEO afterlife are more fullfiling than ever. I can attribute some of that to joining the social network and sharing my experiences on leadership and marketing with anyone who cared to listen. Frankly, I am amazed at how my fading memory has unearthed so many vignettes that I thought were buried forever.
I have been gone from the corner office for nearly 20 years. It seems like half that long and much has changed in the business world over that time period. But the core principles of leadership and strategic management certainly have not. In fact, I’m the first to suggest that leadership and strategy has never been so important. For those of you who have read my blogs, left comments, and put some of this old dog’s counsel to good use, I thank you on the first anniversary of the reflection that reinstated me in the world of business.
The link to Fortune article is – http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/18/the-ceo-afterlife/