About the Book
Conventional wisdom has long defined “Chiefs” as rulers of people—those at the top of the organizational chart who hold the most power. We’ve always viewed Chiefs as “special,” selectively chosen to lead others. The perception in business and society is that only those at the top have the power to be Chief.
Conventional wisdom got it wrong. And that needs to change. Now.
Be Chief: It’s a Choice, Not a Title obliterates the idea that only Chiefs with titles hold real power, a notion that’s been holding us back from achieving our true potential. It’s time to realize our true power. Be Chief shows us how.
Be Chief isn’t just for managers and executives—it’s for anyone in any organization.
Author Rick Miller has transformed organizations from startups to multinationals—helping frontline workers, managers, and executives at all levels achieve personal and professional growth and establish meaningful connections between what they do and who they are.
The ability to tap the collective power of Chiefs at all levels holds the key to sustainable growth that today’s companies demand and so many of us crave.
According to survey after survey, a lack of engagement has enveloped today’s workplace—at least seven in 10 workers are not giving 100% on the job. You may be one of them.
It’s time for a new way to think about where power comes from, and consider new tools to help leaders build organizations full of empowered Chiefs. Be Chief delivers the tips, tools, and case studies to do just that.
Be Chief reveals the choices essential to achieving individual and organizational transformation and growth.
Praise for Be Chief
“By redefining what it means to be a Chief, Rick Miller explains what it takes to truly be successful at work—and in life. Rick makes ‘power’ a good word again, and teaches us how to have and use it to bring out the best in ourselves and in others.”
“Reading Rick’s unconventional insights and advice on leadership and how to create a winning corporate culture in today’s hyper-connected, hyper-competitive world is like having one head slapping ah-ha moment after another. More than a business book, BE CHIEF is a valuable reference and resource guide that you will find yourself turning to time and again.”
Daniel H. Pink
“The leadership values and skills of a chief need not be confined to the C-suite. Rick Miller’s outstanding new book, BE CHIEF, is a guide to ways in which you can bring your leadership skills up to the highest level, and inspire those around you to do the same. Don’t wait for someone to hand you the title—be Chief now!”
“Rick Miller is one of the most brilliant business thinkers and leaders of today.”
“This book reminds us that wherever you sit, it’s possible to stand up and lead.”
“An easy to follow guide that can help leaders at any level unlock the potential in their teams.”
“Universal truths with practical tips and advice based on first-hand experience over decades of driving successful turnarounds. Read this book!”
“A must read for anyone looking for an impactful briefing on a lifetime of leadership lessons.”
“For the new employee or the veteran leader, Rick provides thoughtful insights and true stories about rebooting your approach to the challenge right in front of you.”
“Read this one carefully—it is book to think about, not finish. Rick has an inimitable way of getting truth across.”
“Experience-tested guide for bringing back pride, discipline, creativity, and values to your organization and added meaning to your life.”
“An engaging text that is not about techniques, but of character, and the difference it makes to effective leadership.”
“I love Rick Miller’s new book, BE CHIEF. With personal revelations, case studies, and an easy writing style, Rick shows readers how to be Chief right where they are in any organization.”
“As women, we have traditionally been more likely to help others succeed to be Chief rather than focus on ourselves. This special book offers valuable examples of women who do both! BE CHIEF offers a simple and compelling roadmap of options for each of us to unlock our potential while being our authentic selves.”
David L. Cooperrider
“Not since Peter Drucker do we have a volume that gives us a roadmap to elevate the positive power of anyone’s sheer presence. This is a great teaching tool.”
Charity Partner – Sammy’s House
In my recent TED talk, I shared a story of how a six-year-old girl in a wheel-chair reminded me what a truly powerful Chief can look like. To this day, “Melissa” remains one of my most memorable teachers.
It is in Melissa’s honor that I proudly share that Sammy’s House has been selected as the Charity Partner for the Be Chief book project.
Sammy’s House is a nonprofit agency that provides services for children with and without special needs. The organization operates a child development center, a respite care program, a summer camp, as well as family support services to fill the gaps in services for children and their families. Sammy’s House believes that all children have the ability to learn and to contribute to the community. The organization is particularly focused on children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed.
Children at Sammy’s House learn the values of acceptance, compassion and the art of caring for one another. They each have a lot to teach the rest of us. Programs serve children 0-16 years old. The “House” is located in Austin, Texas.
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