Randall Tobias, former CEO of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company, knows what it takes to get to the top. In Put the Moose on the Table, Tobias mixes personal anecdotes with his thoughts on effective busi- ness and leadership practices, often focusing on the intangible qualities — integrity, dedication and respect for colleagues — that separate the best from the rest.
A vice president at AT&T when he took the job at Lilly, Tobias recalls how a major crisis on his first day tested his abilities. Despite the concerns of some Lilly managers who wondered whether the “phone guy” could han- dle a crisis in which lives were at stake, Tobias immediately demonstrated the management, communication and interpersonal skills that would define his successful tenure as Lilly’s CEO.
As a bonus, this summary includes boxed sidebars that capture in Tobias’ own words his views on values and culture, vision, change, risk-taking, communication, organizational structure and more.