The CEO Tightrope

No CEO can find a point of balance and then stand still – that’s not even possible on a tightrope. The expectation is that the business must always move forward.

The American CEO walks a tightrope daily…many times blindfold and without a net. The job of balancing the often-competing interests of a company’s constituents is so challenging that the average lifespan of a newly minted CEO is around five years. Why is it that individuals who have been wildly successful at every other position in their career often fail when they get to the CEO chair?

Joel Trammell’s The CEO Tightrope is a wonderful book, not only about the balancing act needed to be a successful CEO but also about general leadership principles. The vast majority of the wisdom in this book works well for leaders at any level in an organization. I had the privilege of working for Joel for 7 years at his successful NetQoS venture and can tell you that the advice he offers in this book works in the real world. If you are in a leadership position at work, do yourself a favor and read this book – then put the concepts into practice.


I first learned of Joel Trammel as a prospect considering the Khorus platform for my business. As a long time technology leader, and first time CEO, I found the CEO tightrope to be wedged full of concise and useful guidance. I appreciate the broad and deep advice Joel is able to provide as a result of having gleaned the best on offer from an array of terrific books on a myriad of management theories. I look forward to applying the ideas Joel has shared with my executive team as we embark on our journey deploying Khorus in our business. I’m confident we will be a stronger and more effective organization through leveraging both the excellent material in the book, and the practical application of goal based objectives via Khorus. An excellent read well worth your time.

Bill Fitz

The simplicity of the combination of key points in this book, are simply phenomenal. I would recommend this to not just executive level individuals but also to every management team member and also to starting out entrepreneurs! Never have I highlighted so many points in a book! Never have I realized personal wins and failures as having them outlined in such a concise manner! Totally gifting this to every management or key team player I know!

Leigh Barnes

This book outlines the CEO role perfectly and gives anyone a foundation to start with or improve on. Awesome read.

Nate Anglin


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