Yes, hard work can still lead to the CEO’s post

17 minutes

•  The “age of Horatio Alger” is not yet over

•  “Leadership is something you can learn”

(Total Recorded Time is 24:52.  Recorded on March 30, 2022)

Spoiler alert:  Here is the swoon-inducing ending to Horatio Alger’s most famous story, “Ragged Dick.”

"When, in short, you were 'Ragged Dick.' You must drop that name, and think of yourself now as"—

"Richard Hunter, Esq.," said our hero, smiling.

"A young gentleman on the way to fame and fortune," added Fosdick.

Fame and fortune were not guaranteed for any of Mr. Alger’s heroes nor for the very real Ted Clark.

Mr. Clark did something that is seldom seen: He rose from a shipping clerk to be the chief executive officer of a major U.S. corporation.

“Leadership is something you can learn,” says Mr. Clark.  “It’s hard to find good frontline leaders. Unless you take the initiative to help develop them, lots of companies are going to be lamenting the fact that they can’t get good people to work for them.”

Is it possible to rise in business from an entry level grunt job to the corner office?  Ted Clark offers his insights in this Bizgnus Interview Podcast.

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With more than 40 years’ experience as a senior executive in both public and privately owned specialty chemical companies, Mr. Clark now consults with business managers on acquisitions and growth strategies using private equity capital.

His new book, “Shipping Clerk to CEO: The Power of Curiosity, Will, and Self-Directed Learning,” (Dudley Court Press, March 2022), chronicles his journey from an inexperienced high school graduate starting as an entry-level shipping clerk to his rise at 42 years old to CEO, what he and his team achieved in the five years he led PRC, and the lessons he learned along the way.

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