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About the Authors xvii
Introduction: The Elements of Greatness 1
Chapter 1 Investment Leadership: Building a Winning Culture for Long–Term Success 15
Chapter 2 Curiosity: Learning How to Learn 33
Chapter 3 Accountability Part 1: Taking Responsibility 45
Chapter 4 Accountability Part 2: Making and Keeping Agreements 67
Chapter 5 Candor: Revealing, Not Concealing 93
Chapter 6 Authenticity: Eliminating Drama 105
Chapter 7 Awareness: Using Emotional and Intuitional Intelligence 119
Chapter 8 Genius: Maximizing Your Contribution 139
Chapter 9 Appreciation: Shifting from Entitlement 159
Chapter 10 Fit: Investment Personalities and the Seven Behaviors 181
Chapter 11 Decision Rights: Establishing and Clarifying the Rules 197
Concluding Thoughts: Measurement, Behavioral Finance, Integrity, and an Invitation for More 203
JIM DETHMER designs and delivers leadership training and coaching to investment professionals around the world. He has delivered speeches on this topic for the CFA Institute, Investment Advisors Association, and many leading investment firms.
JAMIE ZIEGLER has over twenty years′ experience as a marketing consultant, specializing in branding and communications for investment management firms. She holds a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in finance from DePaul University.
FRAN SKINNER, CFA, CPA, has over twenty years′ experience in the investment industry, specializing in measuring and incenting performance of investment industry employees. She earned her MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Illinois–Chicago.