CFO Book club: Ecentric’s Lehan le Grange’s recommended read for 2023


The book highlights nine pivotal steps each CFO has to take to become successful, says Lehan.

Every leader wants to know how they can achieve success in their roles and organisations. We caught up with Ecentric Payment Systems CFO Lehan le Grange to find out more about the book that most recently helped him on his leadership journey: Unreasonable Success and How to Achieve it, by Richard Koch.

“It is a very good read following the lives of icons like Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs, and other exceptional leaders,” Lehan says.

About the book
Koch has developed a unique ability to spot simple principles that explain or predict seemingly complex outcomes. This is seen in works such as “The 80/20 Principle”, and in his writing on business strategy.

“Unreasonable Success and How to Achieve It” applies this approach to outrageously successful individuals from the distant and recent past. In doing so, it teases out patterns that may well have been obscured from the subjects themselves as they moved toward greatness.

The result is a simple set of nine principles for would-be world-changers to reflect upon. But it is also a great framework for anyone who is serious about doing good work, and wants to take a bird’s eye view of their careers.

Lehan explains that the book highlights nine generic pivotal steps each of these leaders had to take before they became unreasonably successful, namely:

  1. Self-belief
  2. Olympian Expectations
  3. Transforming Experiences
  4. One Breakthrough Achievement
  5. Make Your Own Trail
  6. Find and Drive Your Personal Vehicle
  7. Thrive on Setbacks
  8. Acquire Unique Intuition
  9. Distort Reality

Lehan’s top three takeaways from the book are:

  1. If you want to be unreasonably successful, you have to have unreasonable expectations of yourself and those on your journey.
  2. Unreasonably successful people have at least one transformative experience in their lives, and you have to learn from them, even if they are traumatic.
  3. Deep thinking, curiosity and investigation into pertinent issues facing one’s everyday life will lead you to a different perspective. This will help you to find unique solutions to problems that many people in society thought were solved either mostly or fully already.

“Leveraging these takeaways will provide an opportunity to do something that no one else is currently doing, as opposed to doing what others do, but just better,” Lehan concludes.

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