The former CEO of Hearst, Frank Bennack, shares anecdotes and hard-won lessons he’s learned about success on his way from advertising salesman to newspaper publisher to leader of 20,000 employees of a multinational media corporation.
Frank Bennack is an important authority on business leadership. From a humble beginning delivering newspapers in San Antonio to the corner office at Hearst Media, Bennack is the first to admit that his success is a direct result of his personal values. His guiding principles were formed by his upbringing—growing up in a poor Catholic family with a mother who was perennially ill and a father whose own career was stalled by the Great Depression—and solidified over his more than twenty years as the CEO of Hearst. These values, in addition to the personal stories and stirring anecdotes that illuminate them, are the cornerstone of Leave Something on the Table.
Chapter by chapter, Bennack shares formative experiences from his life in business and the lessons he’s drawn from them, such as the idea that someone doesn’t have to lose for you to win; that character requires a sustained daily commitment; a promotion is not a reward, but a challenge; and how the key to good leadership is respecting those who report to you. He also charts the success of Hearst, from its early days as an old-school media company to its transformation into a modern empire: one that includes everything from glossy women’s magazines like Marie Claire and Elle, to nationally televised shows like American Pickers and Project Runway, to localized reporting like the San Francisco Chronicle and WCVB-TV in Boston.
Now Frank Bennack explains how leading from your values can truly achieve great results. Infused with winsome charm and a wholly relatable tone, Leave Something on the Table is both an insider account of one of the most legendary companies in the world and an inspirational story of personal success.
Frank A. Bennack, Jr., is the former CEO and current executive vice chairman of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest private companies engaged in a broad range of publishing, broadcasting, cable networking and media activities. He is also chairman of the companies' Executive Committee, a director of Hearst and a trustee of The Hearst Family Trust established under the will of William Randolph Hearst. In addition, he sits on a number of corporate committees and the Hearst Foundations Boards where he has served for more than twenty-five years. Leave Something on the Table is his first book.