• Suffolk MBA Alumnus Authors Book on Leadership

1/5/2009

Michael F. Andrew, MBA '83, a Laconia, NH resident and a business leadership expert, has self-published his first book, "How to Think Like a CEO and Act Like a Leader."

Andrew and his book were featured on Boston television station FOX 25's morning news broadcast.

"I wanted to write a book that blended both business acumen and leadership skills," Andrew said in a recent interview. "Not something conceptual and grandiose, but something anyone could pick up, whether they are an experienced CEO or an entry-level worker, and gain some practical insights that will make their leadership more effective."

Andrew has worked in the business leadership and development industry for approximately 15 years and is currently responsible for components of leadership training for Sun Microsystems, a technology firm.

Before working for Sun, Andrew headed the global leadership program for Rockwell Animation.

He also ran his own consultancy firm for a while, a job that took him all over the world, from different sections of the U.S. to the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Andrew said he's worked with business leaders from Dubai to London.

"I've worked with all different levels of executives from all over the world," Andrew said. "And I've found in my travels how many executives are still uncomfortable or unsure of their own business acumen."

Andrew said sections of the book include understanding finance as a language, how CEOs and leaders think, and what is the purpose of business.

While the last subject, the purpose of business, may seem unnecessary, it is the one question businesses need to answer fully in order to develop a vision and a follow-through.

If a person doesn't know what the ultimate purpose of their business is, how can they develop a coherent operating plan? Andrew asks.

Not following through is the biggest mistake business leaders can make, Andrew added.

"The ability to execute great ideas or well-thought-out strategies is an issue for many business executives," Andrew said.

Andrew said the book is being received well. Self-published through a division of Amazon, he said it has already sold 1,500 copies.

Just recently, the book has been picked up by a South Korean publisher who is in the process of translating the book in preparation for a launch in that country.

Andrew said his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, has purchased more than 400 copies of the book and has had him there for a lecture and book-signing.

This fall, he will return to teach some leadership courses as an adjunct professor with the university's MBA program. Also, he is thinking of writing a second book, a work that will focus on strategy execution.

Andrew earned his MBA at Suffolk University in Boston and his post MBA certificate at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass.

 

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