Give to Get: A Senior Leader’s Guide to Navigating Corporate Life

If you were asked right now, how would you answer the following question, “Do you have what it takes to be a senior-level executive?” If you said no, you’re not alone. An alarming number of corporate professionals admit that they feel like imposters. And while some people succeed in corporate careers, many crash and burn. But what if there were a roadmap for rising to the top—and staying there?

Enter the definitive guidebook for successful corporate navigation, Give to Get: A Senior Leader’s Guide to Navigating Corporate Life (Lioncrest Publishing, March 6, 2018) by Vishal Agarwal. As a former Global Top 500 Senior Leader for General Electric (GE), Agarwal has spent decades mastering the high-stakes complexities of corporate culture. Now, he’s peeling back the curtains, sharing essential strategies that will help executives avoid the most common causes of failure and replace them with the skills they need to become an elite corporate superstar.
“Many executives, and riding executives, start to feel entrenched, or even trapped,” says Agarwal. “Eventually their confidence is shaken, and they begin to question their own sense of purpose. They lose sight of their ‘true north.’ Ultimately, they wonder whether they’re cut out for the long, hard road to the pinnacle of corporate success.”
Give to Get demystifies the complex corporate jungle, proving that reaching the highest levels of a multinational company takes much more than hitting your numbers each quarter. Filled with allegories, personal stories from the trenches, and memorable “Vishal-isms,” this is a must read for anyone vying for ultimate C-Suite success.
With thought-provoking real-world examples, Agarwal challenges readers to rethink their perspective on the corporate journey by revealing:
• The C-Suite Cheat-Sheet: How to make corporate life truly work for you
• Beware the Bulldozer: The dangerous mistake made by far too many young corporate executives
• New Guy Navigation: What to do during your first 30 days as an executive
• Overcome “Imposter Syndrome”—whether you’re a newly appointed executive or a seasoned veteran
• The Stakeholder Map: Create a diagram of your influencers and personally connect with them on a regular basis
• Find Your Compass: The power of finding an internal mentor for support and guidance
• Five Rules of “Servant Leadership:” The best way to gain trust and support from your team
• Are you a Lion or a Goat? Why acting like a lion will help you win at work—and why no one wants to be the goat
“Corporate life does not come with a ‘how to navigate’ manual,” adds Agarwal. “There are really two ways to understand these essential lessons—either spend a decade or two in trenches and earn your scars or read this book. I suggest the latter. I’ve already done the hard part for you. All you have to do is absorb it.”

About Vishal

Vishal Agarwal, the former Managing Director of Development & Investments for General Electric (GE) Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya, is now the Chairman and CEO of Full Circle Africa, an investment platform. During his 24-year corporate journey, including time as a senior leader at Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC), Agarwal has navigated all facets of corporate life—from building teams and delivering value to translating multinational visions into local wins.
Agarwal now sits at a unique vantage point where he can look at the corporate world objectively and provide valuable advice that can be applied to the entire spectrum of an executive career.
A true globalist, Vishal was born in Bombay, lived in Iran during the Iran-Iraq War, was educated through his adolescence in the US, and now lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and two daughters.
Learn more about Vishal Agarwal at, and connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Give to Get is now available on Amazon.


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