David Rohlander, author of the just released The CEO Code: Create a Great Company and Inspire People to Greatness With Practical Advice from an Experienced Executive, has led a highly successful and rather colorful life on the road to creating a book in which he poured all his knowledge, experience and wisdom. As a sought after speaker, mentor and executive coach, Rohlander revels in the task of lifting people beyond their own expectations and giving them the tools to elevate every aspect of their lives. The book is peppered with real life stories of well-earned failure and well-earned success, many gleaned from serving as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, a 30-year business career and experiences consulting large and small companies that involved mentoring powerful executives along with scores of middle managers.
Broken down into three sections, Communication, Execution and Operations, David Rohlander's The CEO Code contains a series of questions at the end of each chapter in Take Time to Reflect pages that consist of seven questions. Each of the three sections, or Parts, consists of five chapters. Part 1, Communication, is broken down into the following chapters: Trust, Respect, Understanding, Empathy and Resolution.
Rohlander, who flew 208 combat missions as a fighter pilot over Vietnam in 1967, begins the book with Communication because it is the foundation upon which all else rests and, as he states in first lines of the book, "effective communication takes more than talent, it is an art" Building a leader requires the ability to "relate to people" and he shares his insights on "how to read people as part of the understanding required for effective leadership and communication"
Chapters for Part II, Execution, are Action, Repetition, Habits, Attitudes and Feelings, while Part III, Operations, gets into deeper waters with Teams, Delegation, Systems, Accountability, and Rewards. At the outset of Execution, Rohlander states that the "Cycle of Success is a core concept within The CEO Code" as it "explores a proven and practical formula for setting goals and how to structure them so they are positive and enabling"
Rohlander sets the tone in terms of leadership in Part III, Operations, by likening a well-functioning company to an orchestra. First you need "quality music, then each participant must be in the same place on the score; each player of an instrument must be able and willing to play his or her part. You are the conductor of the orchestra"
When you want an articulate, candid and experienced point of view, call David G. Rohlander. A professional speaker, executive coach and Chairman of The CEO's Forum, David's passion is helping executives and organizations become the best that they can be. His life experience is useful.
David's career consists of military, academic, corporate and entrepreneurial successes. Military experience is highlighted by leadership roles and being a USAF combat fighter pilot. David's teaching includes being an adjunct professor at six universities in the southwestern US. At Merrill Lynch David became a Regional Tax Investment Specialist and was appointed to the firm's Management Advisory Council. As an entrepreneur, he started and ran three companies, syndicated and developed real estate and leads David Rohlander, Inc.
David received his MBA in finance from California State University Fullerton and his BA degree in literature and history from Westmont College. Additional post graduate work was completed at Claremont Graduate University and with Peter Drucker. David's professional affiliations include: National Speakers Association, Forum for Corporate Directors, The Association for Corporate Growth.
This diverse background and an extensive client base of industries and companies combined with proven expertise in business consulting, strategic planning, marketing, management and communications have prepared David well to bring insight and wisdom to many business issues.